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NEW JERSEY CHAPTER AMERICAN STATISTICAL
ASSOCIATION 20th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
The New Jersey Chapter will hold its annual
symposium on June 2, 1999 at
The Sheraton at Woodbridge Place, Iselin,
New Jersey. The theme of the
symposium is "Safety Issues and Bayesian
Method in Drug Development." There will be
two sessions; one session will be on safety
issues in clinical trials, and another will
be on Bayesian methods in the design and
analysis of clinical trials. The speakers
on safety issues are Janet Wittes of the
Statistics Collaborative, Jay Herson of
Applied Logic Associates, and Judith Jones
of Degge Group. Donald Berry of Duke Univer-
rsity and Joseph Schafer of Pennsylvania
State University will speak on Bayesian
In clinical trial, safety is one of the
most important aspects. Statisticians and
their colleagues have to consider safety
thoroughly and carefully at each stage
of a trial. Many challenge issues occur
in planning, monitoring, and reporting of
trials. Recently, Bayesian reasoning is
gaining more interest of biostatisticians.
Advances in modern sampling computation
methods in the last decade has made the
Bayesian framework an attractive alterna-
tive for a variety of problems encountered
in clinical trials. It also has made
analysis of incomplete data possible in
more complex settings. The symposium brings
together these experts to discuss various
safety issues and recent trends in appli-
cations of Bayesian methods in the design,
monitoring, and reporting of clinical trials.
Registration form will be mailed in May 1999.
The registration fee is $50.00 if paid by
5/17/99, and $70.00 if paid after 5/17/99.
Students are free if registered by 5/17/99.
Detailed information and registration form
can be obtained from
or by contacting:
Daniel Z. Wang,
Merck Research Laboratories,
126 East Lincoln Avenue,
Rahway, NJ 07065.
Phone:  594-5746.
Symposium Committee: Daniel Z. Wang (Chair),
Arthur Silverberg, Winston Rechards, Alfred
M. Barron, James J. Colaianne, Weichung J.
Shih, Matilde Sanchez, and Eric M. Chi
The Sheraton at Woodbridge Place
515 Route 1 South
Iselin, NJ 08830
Preliminary Symposium Program, Wednesday,
8:00 - 9:00 Registration and Continental
9:00 - 9:10 Welcome and Opening Remarks,
Arthur Silverberg and Daniel
9:10 - 9:55 Looking at Safety in Clinical
Trials:During and After,
Janet Wittes, PhD, Statistics
9:55 - 10:40 Analysis of Safety Data,
Jay Herson, PhD, Applied Logic
10:40 - 10:55 Break
10:55 - 11:40 Looking at Safety Before,
During, and After Clinical Trials,
Judith Jones, MD, Deggee Group
11:40 - 11:55 Discussion on Safety Session
11:55 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 1:45 Bayesian Methods in the Design
and Analysis of Clinical Trials,
Donald Berry, PhD, Duke University
1:45 - 2:30 Bayesian Data Analysis / Incomplete
Data Analysis, Joe Shafer, PhD,
Penn State University
2:30 - 2:45 Discussion on Bayesian Session
2:45 - 2:55 Closing Remarks.
NEW JERSEY CHAPTER, AMERICAN STATISTICAL
ASSOCIATION 20th ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
The Sheraton at Woodbridge Place, Iselin, NJ,
June 2, 1999
Registration fee covers refreshment breaks,
breakfast, and lunch. Receipt will be picked up
at the Symposium. On site registration is on
a space-available basis. Registration fee is:
Before 5/17/99: After 5/17/99
$50.00 ( members ) $70.00 (members )
$57.00 ( non-mems) $77.00 (non-mems)
$25.00 ( Retirees ) $45.00 ( Retirees)
Free ( Students ) $7.00 ( Students)
Phone ( )_________________________________
Fax ( )__________________________________
Please mail the completed registration form and
a check made payable to New Jersey Chapter of ASA
Merck Research Laboratories
126 E. Lincoln Ave.
Rahway, NJ 07065
Directions to The Sheraton at Woodbridge Place
Take Route 1 South toward Woodbridge, approxi-
mately 12 miles. Sheraton Hotel is on the right.
Route 287 North and South / Route 1 North:
Take exit 1A (Route 1 North). Continue approxi-
mately 5 miles until you see the hotel on your
left. At the traffic light make U-turn into
Garden State Parkway North:
Take exit 131A (Wood Avenue), at the second
traffic light make a right (Middlesex Essex
Turnpike), at the third traffic light, make a
right on Gill Lane. The Sheraton is located
1.5 mile on the right.
Garden State Parkway South:
Take exit 130 to Route 1 North. Continue
0.5 mile, Sheraton Hotel is on your left.
Make U-turn at the traffic light.
New Jersey Turnpike North/South:
Take exit 11 off NJTP to Garden State Parkway
North to exit 131 A (Wood Avenue), at the
second traffic light make a right (Middlesex
Essex Turnpike), at the third traffic light,
make a right on Gill Lane. The Sheraton is
located 1.5 mile on the right.