TRI Director's Choice Seminar Series #3

Join us for the next instalment of TRI’s Director’s Choice Seminar series for 2022 on Tuesday 13th September, as Professor Adrian Barnett from the Queensland University of Technology talks about 'Bad statistics in medical research'.

Abstract: Using the wrong statistical methods can completely invalidate a study's results, potentially wasting years of hard work and misdirecting future research and policy. Despite the importance of statistics, many medical researchers do not have adequate training and/or access to a qualified statistician. Researchers often attempt complex study designs that require advanced statistical knowledge. A common example is diagnostic accuracy studies, but a review of over 200 COVID-19 prediction models found only one of any value with many using statistical methods that were inappropriate and/or badly described. I will make the case for researchers to use simple study designs that only require basic statistical methods. I will discuss the potential for automated statistical reviews to improve research quality.

Adrian Barnett is a professor of statistics who has worked for over 27 years in health and medical research. He was the president of the Statistical Society of Australia from 2018 to 2020. His current research concerns improving statistical practice to reduce research waste.

Presenter: Professor Adrian Barnett, Queensland University of Technology
Date: Tuesday 13th September 2022
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Venue: TRI Auditorium & Online
Register: Via Eventbrite