Event Details

The Biostatistics Training Initiative (BTI) is an exciting program of research, training and education which will build the capacity for rigorous high quality cancer research in Ontario. The Initiative was created to address the need for highly skilled biostatisticians to work with large databases, to deal with escalated technological development in serological, tumour, and genetic biomarker research, to advance our understanding of disease risk and disease course, to guide treatment decisions, and to assess response to treatment. The large volumes of data routinely collected means quantitative methods aimed at detecting important signals are in greater demand than ever. Close collaborations between biostatistical, laboratory, clinical and population health scientists are vital to meet these goals in a timely fashion.

Three streams of activity achieve these aims including an Internship Program, a Fellowship Program and a Seminar/Lecture Series.The BTI is aiming to engage a broad group of trainees, including MSc, PhD and postdoctoral fellows, with oncology researchers and biostatisticians throughout Ontario, and to foster a sense of community among participants. As part of this initiative, the BTI is pleased to announce the 4th annual Distinguished Lecture Series on November 15, 2018 at OICR. The Keynote Lecture will be presented by Jeremy Taylor.........

To learn more about the Biostatistics Training Initiative, visit oicr.on.ca/biostatistics-training-initiative.



12:30 - 1 p.m. Registration
1 - 1:15 p.m. Introduction (Richard Cook / Greg Pond)
1:15 - 1:45 p.m. Challenges with identification of patient populations for enrichment strategies in oncology clinical trials (Lillian Siu)
1:45 - 2:15 p.m. Two-Phase outcome-dependent genetic association studies (Jerry Lawless)
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Discussion (Greg Pond)
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Distinguished Lecture (Stephen George)
3:30 - 3:45 p.m. Discussion / Questions
3:45 - 4 p.m. Refreshments

Where & When

  • Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
    MaRS Centre
    661 University Avenue, Suite 510
    Toronto, Ontario
    Canada, M5G 0A3
  • November 15, 2018
    10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


  • General Inquiries about the Biostatistics Training Initiative
    Teresa Petrocelli
    Director, Clinical Translation
    Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Registration Inquiries
    Patricia Falzon
    Manager, Events
    Ontario Institute for Cancer Research