Staburo @ DAGStat 2019 in Munich

Staburo @ DAGStat 2019 in Munich

Staburo @ DAGStat Conference 2019 

Several Staburo statisticians attended the DAGStat Conference 2019. The fifth conference of the Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik took place in the heart of the Bavarian capital, Munich, from March 18 – 22, 2019.
According to the motto “Statistics under one umbrella” the conference was organized as a joint meeting of the “Deutsche Arbeitsgemeinschaft Statistik”. The meeting includes the 65th “Biometrisches Kolloquium” and the spring meeting of the “Deutsche Statistische Gesellschaft“.

Adaptive designs in clinical trials was one of the recurring topics of the conference. Staburo statisticians attended the tutorial on adaptive designs given by Prof Dr. Frank Bretz from Novartis Pharma GmbH and Prof. Dr. Tim Friede from the University Medical Center Göttingen. The tutorial discussed blinded sample size re-estimation and covered principles of group sequential and adaptive designs. Regular guidelines were discussed by Dr. James Hung of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
State-of-the-art methods of adaptive designs were further discussed in several conference sessions on Design of Experiments and Clinical Trials. Valuable input on the view of regulatory agencies on current hot topics in regulatory statistics was provided by PD Dr. Benjamin Hofner from the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute.

Dr. Hannes Buchner, Managing Director of Staburo GmbH, was also presenting on “A Novel Approach to Outlier Identification in Bioassays” on the conference. We thank everyone, who joined the talk, for their attendance and interest! If you are interested in this topic, but couldn’t join, just drop us an email to info@staburo.de !

Data analysis, clinical biostatistics and more.

Training @ Staburo: RNASeq vs. Microarrays

Training @ Staburo: RNASeq vs. Microarrays

Training @ Staburo: How to measure the abundance of mRNA, using Microarrays and Sequencing Technologies

The normal function of cells depends on accurate expression of a large number of proteins. As it is difficult to measure the number of thousands of proteins simultaneously, a pre-state of them – the so called protein coding RNAs (messenger RNAs; mRNAs) – are normally measured.
Staburo GmbH Bioinformatician Dr. Janine Roy started this talk with an introductory overview of protein synthesis, to answer the question – How is the information coded in the DNA translated to functioning proteins? Therefore, the structure of a cell with its organelles, Translation from DNA to pre-mRNA, splicing as well as the genetic code was profoundly explained.
Afterwards she moved to (DNA-)Microarrays and RNA-Sequencing.
Microarrays are used to measure the expression levels of large numbers of genes simultaneously. The composition of a Microarray and the general workflow of an experiment was shown on an example.
RNA-Sequencing uses next-generation sequencing techniques to reveal the presence and quantity of RNA. As many sequencing techniques exists, the technique of Sequencing by Synthesis was explained exemplary on a more detailed level.
The talk finished with a rigorous comparison of (dis-) advantages of (DNA-)Microarrays and RNA-Sequencing.

Data analysis, clinical biostatistics and more.