Junior Biostatisticians in Health Research
March 11, 2017

A workshop for junior biostatistics researchers, co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be held on Friday, March 10 - Saturday, March 11, 2017, immediately preceding the ENAR Meeting. The workshop is aimed at promoting the career development of junior investigators by bringing them together with a prestigious panel of senior investigators (editors of journals, leaders in Statistics and Biostatistics, and Departmental Chairs). The format includes four theme sessions providing important information on professional growth specifically in academic settings. Each session will consist of presentations by the senior researchers followed by open discussion between the junior researchers and panel members. Interaction among all workshop participants will be highly encouraged. The workshop includes short research presentations by participants the evening prior to the workshop, roundtable luncheons discussing different aspects of professional life, and a concluding dinner.

Panelists Include: Michael Daniels (Biometrics co-Editor, Chair of Statistics and Data Science Department, UT Austin), Robert Lyles (Statistics Editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology, Professor of Biostatistics, Emory University), Montserrat Fuentes (JASA Editor, Professor of Statistics and Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University), Ciprian Crainiceanu (NIH BMRD Study Section Chair, Professor of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), Misrak Gezmu and Li Zhu (NIH Project officers), Nandini Kannan (Statistics Program Director, NSF), Bhramar Mukherjee (Professor of Biostatistics and Associate Director of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Michigan Cancer Center),  Chris Gennings (Vice Chair of Research Design and Methodology, and Professor Preventive Medicine and Health Evidence and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai), Xihong Lin (Professor and Chair, Biostatistics Department, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Leslie McClure (Professor and Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University),  Marina Vannucci (Professor and Chair, Statistics Department, Rice University), Paul Rathouz (Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health). 

Session Themes:

Publishing: Publication of original articles in peer-reviewed journals provides the forefront of statistical knowledge and is essential for the academic growth of a junior researcher. Panelists will discuss how to transform innovative ideas into published research articles. Discussion will also focus on the peer review and editorial process.

Grant Writing: Grant writing is generally considered a step toward the academic growth of a junior/mid-level faculty. Panelists will discuss the NIH grant application and review process as well as other potential funding sources for statistical research. Discussion will also focus on strategies for developing a high-quality grant, including advice regarding the formulation of specific aims, the breadth and depth of coverage in the research plan, and writing strategies.

Interdisciplinary Collaborations: Establishing high quality interdisciplinary collaborations can have a tremendous impact on the career of a junior researcher. Panelists will discuss how to make an interdisciplinary collaboration successful, including how to make an impact in other scientific fields, and how to determine an appropriate balance between long and short-term collaborative work and methodological development.

Leadership, Career Development, and Promotion: There are diverse challenges in the career development of a junior researcher. Panelists will first provide a short overview of how the promotion process works across a variety of institutions and then will share experiences and tips for becoming a successful and valued researcher. Topics of discussion include leadership and visibility; how to make an impact in biostatistics and health science scientifically and professionally; balance of methodological and collaborative research; major milestones toward promotion (such as annual reviews or mid-tenure reviews); top "dos and don'ts" for increasing chances of promotion; and expectations and criteria for promotion.

Workshop Application Procedure: Applicants must have a doctoral degree awarded no earlier than 2011. ENAR membership is not required, although it is encouraged. Participation will be limited to 45 junior researchers with a limited number of partial travel reimbursements (up to $500) available. Applicants who apply early, who are already in permanent positions (rather than graduate students or postdocs), who are engaged in health science research, or who have applied for the workshop in the past but were not accepted are given the highest priority in the selection process. Accepted workshop participants must register for the ENAR meeting by February 1, 2017 in order to retain their place in the workshop. A short application form is available below. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 7, 2016. For more details or questions, please e-mail Brisa N. Sánchez (brisa@umich.edu)