Junior Biostatisticians in Health Research
March 22-23, 2019

A workshop for junior biostatistics researchers will be held on Friday, March 22 - Saturday, March 23, 2019, 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 Department 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: Debashis Ghosh (Biometrics co-Editor, Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics, University of Denver Colorado), Sebastian Haneuse (Statistics Editor for the JAMA Network Open, Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard University), Montserrat Fuentes (JASA Editor, Professor of Statistics and Dean of the College of Humanities and Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University), Daniel Gillen (NIH BMRD Study Section Chair, Professor and Chair, Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine), Misrak Gezmu and Li Zhu (NIH Project officers), Bhramar Mukherjee (Professor and Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Associate Director of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, University of Michigan), Amy Herring (Professor of Statistical Science and Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University), Xihong Lin (Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard University), Leslie McClure (Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Drexel University), Marina Vannucci (Professor and Chair, Statistics Department, Rice University), Paul Rathouz (Professor and Director of Biomedical Data Sciences Hub , University of Texas at Austin).


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.

Additionally, because succinctly describing research to a wide range of audiences is a critical skill for researchers, and more so for researchers in technical areas such as biostatistics research, we will devote time to discuss and develop this critical skill. Friday evening, we will discuss the Nature article “Two minutes to impress” by Kwok (2013). Participants will and devote hands-on time for each junior researcher to developdeveloping and practicing the delivery of pitching their research summary to other researchers. Moreover, on Saturday there will be round table luncheon where one senior or mid-level researcher will lead a discussion on budding new research areas at each roundtable, and strategies for staying at the forefront of research on methodology and collaboration areas. Junior participants will identify topics they would like to discuss prior to the workshop and be assigned accordingly; they will also have time to practice their 2-minute pitches research summaries developed the prior day.

Selected materials from prior workshops: 2013, 2015, 2017.

Acknowledgements: : Funding for this conference has historically made possible in part by grant R13 CA196188 from NCI, with co-funding by NIAID and NIEHS. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
We are also deeply grateful to ENAR and ENAR’s Coalition for Junior Researchers for providing additional funding. Members of past Coalitions include:


Applicants must have a doctoral degree awarded no earlier than 2013. ENAR membership is not required, although it is encouraged. Participation will be limited to 45 junior researchers. A limited number of partial travel reimbursements (up to $500) will be 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, 2019 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 18, 2018. For more details or questions, please e-mail Howard Chang (howard.chang@emory.edu)

The submission period is now closed.