Bayesian biostatistics: 20-24 October 2014

Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre (Department of Biostatistics, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium) will present this five-day course at Stellenbosch under the auspices of the South African DST/NRF Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA). The course will take place from 9 am to 4 pm daily at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS), adjacent to SACEMA. 

Course summary: In the last two decades the Bayesian approach has become increasingly popular in virtually all application areas. The approach is especially known for its capability to tackle complex statistical modeling tasks. The aim of this course is to introduce the participants smoothly into Bayesian statistical methods, from basic concepts to hierarchical models, model building and model testing. Numerous biostatistical examples illustrate the theoretical concepts. The course is scheduled into classroom teaching and computer exercises, and uses the software packages FirstBayes, WinBUGS, OpenBUGS, JAGS and R. The course is based on a recently published Wiley book of Lesaffre and Lawson, entitled Bayesian Biostatistics.

The course assumes a good knowledge of regression techniques (linear, logistic, etc.) and some knowledge of models for correlated data. Experience with R is beneficial though not essential; however programming skills are required for the course.

Full announcement and online registration form.

The closing date for early bird registration is 31 July 2014, and for later registration the closing date is 31 August 2014. Enquiries may be directed to Lynnemore Scheepers (

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