Event Details

The Biostatistics Training Initiative (BTI) is an exciting program of research, training and education which aims to increase 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 technological advances in cancer biomarker research, to advance our understanding of disease risk and disease course, to guide treatment decisions, and to assess response to treatment. The large volume of data now routinely collected means that 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 for Master’s trainees, a Fellowship Program for doctoral and post-doctoral trainees, a monthly Seminar Series and an Annual Distinguished Lecture by a leading scientist working in quantitative methods for cancer research.

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 Dr. Jeremy Taylor, Professor, Departments of Biostatistics, Radiation Oncology, and Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan. Please join us for this exciting event.

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


Registration is now closed for attendance at the OICR Office. Should you wish to attend at Waterloo or your own computer, please contact Patricia Falzon patricia.falzon@oicr.on.ca. This will be available until Monday, November 12 at which time no further registrations will be accepted.


9:30 - 10 a.m. Registration, Coffee
10 - 10:30 a.m. Introduction (Richard Cook / Greg Pond)
10:30 - 11 a.m. A short introduction to competitive risks (Melania Pintilie, UHN)
11 - 11:30 a.m. Analysis of Multistate Disease Process from Cross-sectional Samples (Leilei Zeng, University of Waterloo)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Distinguished Lecture, Insights from the use of multi-state models in Cancer Research (Jeremy Taylor, University of Michigan)
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. Discussion / Questions
12:45 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch

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