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ISCB ExCom 2017-18: Biographies of Candidates

(Each list is sorted alphabetically by surname)



Vana Sypsa

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics of the University of Athens (Greece).

I received a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Athens, an MSc in Biometry from the University of Reading (UK) and I obtained my PhD at the University of Athens. My current areas of research include infectious diseases epidemiology and mathematical modeling as well as interventions to prevent HIV and viral hepatitis.

I joined ISCB in 1998 and I participated actively in the organisation of the annual ISCB conference in Alexandroupolis, Greece (2007). I served as member of the Student Conference Awards Subcommittee (2005-2011) and as chair and member of the Education Subcommittee (2009-2012 and 2012-today, respectively). I served as an elected member of the ISCB Executive Committee during 2005-2008. Since 2013, I am the Secretary of the Society. As Vice-President of ISCB, I would be interested in promoting the participation of young statisticians as well as of statisticians from developing countries to the Society, in facilitating the involvement of members to the Society's activities and in promoting biostatistics and education beyond the annual conference.



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Geir Egil Eide

Geir Egil Eide has since 1999 been Biostatistician at the Centre for Clinical Research, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway and is Adjunct Professor of Clinical Biostatistics at the Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen (UoB). He received his MSc in Mathematical Statistics in 1977 from the UoB, and PhD in 2008. He has been Research Assistant, Statistical Consultant, Researcher and Head (1983-1988) at the Section for Medical Informatics and Statistics (SMIS), UoB 1979-1988, and Associate Professor at Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration, Bergen 1988-1999. He has collaborated closely with medical and health related researchers since 1979 resulting in more than 200 publications. Main interests have been methods for epidemiological and clinical studies, especially survival analysis and attributable fractions. He has been a member of the Subcommittee on Epidemiology since its formation. He chaired the local organising committee for the ISCB-conference in Bergen in 2012, and is a member of the Conference Organising Subcommittee (chair from 2017). He has been president for the Norwegian Statistical Society 1999-2001 and the Nordic-Baltic Region of the International Biometric Society 2009-2012. Home pages:

It’s an honour to be nominated for the position as Secretary of the ISCB and I will humbly support the activities of the society, especially in making biostatistics more applicable and accessible for researchers in medical and health related research through promoting environments and funding for further developments of relevant statistical methods and software.

Chris Metcalfe

Reader in Medical Statistics, Bristol University, UK. Co-director of the Bristol Randomised Trials Collaboration, a NHS registered clinical trials unit. Currently involved in epidemiological studies, clinical trials and associated methodological work in the areas of cancer, surgery, and mental health. I advise a number of trials at other centres, including steering committee membership for the Swedish Colon Cancer Screening trial.

ISCB CV: Joined in 2003, member of the executive committee (plus National Groups and Student Conference awards) 2013-2016, treasurer for the Local Organising Committee for Birmingham 2016, member of the Scientific Committee for Melbourne 2018. From the start I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this society of modern, dynamic and cosmopolitan statisticians!

With the membership’s support I would be delighted to continue to contribute to the running of ISCB as secretary to the Executive Committee. I am particularly interested in reviewing the remit of National Groups to increase the accessibility of ISCB to biostatisticians in all corners of the globe, surveying whether an annual and increasingly stadium-sized conference is what ISCB wants or if we should be looking at alternatives, and the continuing modernisation of the Executive Committee (more delegation!) to cope with a bigger and busier ISCB.



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Tim Ramsay

Tim Ramsay has been a member of ISCB continuously since his first meeting in Alexandroupolis, Greece, in 2007, and has attended every meeting since then. Professionally, he is the scientific director of the Ottawa Methods Centre, a group of statisticians, methodologists, and data scientists at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute dedicated to providing methodological support for researchers at the hospital and the University of Ottawa. He teaches graduate level biostatistics in the university’s School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine. Tim was the chair of the local organizing committee of the 2011 ISCB meeting in Ottawa. In this capacity, he was responsible for producing a detailed budget for the meeting. Given that the single largest activity of the society is the annual meeting, this means that he has a solid understanding of and familiarity with the society’s finances. One of his aspirations, if elected to the position of treasurer, would be to enhance the society’s support for statisticians in emerging but disadvantaged countries in Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Zdenek Valenta

Zdenek Valenta studied Probability and Mathematical Statistics at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic (MSc 1988), Medical Statistics at LSHTM London, U.K. (MSc 1991), Mathematical Statistics at CMU in Pittsburgh, U.S. (MS 1997) and Biostatistics at GSPH, University of Pittsburgh (PhD 2002). His professional interests include statistical modelling, analysing data from clinical and epidemiological studies and teaching medical statistics (e.g. introductory courses in medical statistics, survival analysis, design and analysis of data from clinical studies, nonparametric statistical methods, discriminate analysis, decision support in medicine and health care, forensic genetics). Results of his research are published primarily in international impacted journals, he has 400+ citations at WoS, Hirsch index 9.

Zdenek organised ISCB Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2009. His active involvement with the ISCB dates back to 2005 (the Szeged Conference). He serves as chairman of the Czech National Group of the ISCB since its foundation in 2006, served as ISCB ExCom member in 2010-13 and ISCB Treasurer in 2014-15. If elected, he would like to further contribute to wider opening of the Society to countries underdeveloped in biostatistics and reaching more students.


Ordinary Members

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Joerg Assmus

Jörg Aßmus (born 1970 in Germany) has been a biostatistician at the Centre for Clinical Research, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway since 2009 and at Uni Research Health since 2008. He received his education in Germany (University of Potsdam, 1991-1998) and Norway (University of Bergen, 1995/1996) and his PhD from the University of Bergen (2001-2006). He has been assistant, researcher or consultant with different application of statistics (econometrics, nonlinear dynamics, ecological modelling) at the Humboldt University Berlin (1998-1999), University of Potsdam (2000-2001), Institute of Marine Research, Bergen (2006-2007). He has been member of the ICSB since 2009 and co-organizer of the ISCB meeting 2012 in Bergen. From 2010 he has been member of the Conference Organizing Subcommittee (COSC) and will be secretary of the COSC from 2017.

He is honored to be asked to be candidate for the ISCBs Executive Committee in a period where there are a number of important questions the ISCB has to answer after the success in the last years (size and aims of the ISCB, relations to other societies, impact of several crises in the world on ISCB and their handling).

He is interested in making statistics applicable and accessible, i.e. contributing to make ICSB a window to the world for statisticians who do not actively work with method development. He sees it as a matter of course to share his own experience in conference organizing with other organizers. Additionally, he is interested in involving Eastern European countries in the ISCB both as contributors and possibly as organizers.

Nadine Binder

I have been a researcher at the Institute for Medical Biometry and Statistics, University of Freiburg, Germany, since 2009, when I received my diploma in Mathematics. Currently I am working on time-related biases in cohort studies, and before that I did research on competing risks. For the latter I received an ISCB Student Conference Award (StCA). Following this award, I increasingly got involved into the Society, becoming a member (2010) and finally chair (2015) of the StCA subcommittee. This gave me the opportunity to initiate the informal young researcher get-together on conference Sundays, and recently also the Students’ Day, which gave young researchers a forum for discussing research challenges and get advice from senior members of the society. As a member of the Executive Committee, I would like to further support and start new initiatives for engaging more young researchers with the ISCB and stimulate discussion between all researchers, regardless of whether they consider themselves as young researchers or not. Furthermore, I would like to strengthen links between biostatisticians and medical researchers, e.g. adapting formats similar to a symposium on biases in cohort studies (, which I recently organized.

Tomasz Burzykowski

I received the M.Sc. degree in applied mathematics (1990) from the Warsaw University in Poland, and the M.Sc. (1991) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees from the Hasselt University in Belgium. During the period of 1992-1998, I worked as biostatistician at the Institute of Oncology in Warsaw. Currently, I am appointed as Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Hasselt University. I am also Vice-President of Research of the International Drug Development Institute (IDDI) in Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. Despite my long-term professional involvement in Belgium, I have been maintaining close ties with my colleagues-biostatisticians from the Polish National Group of the ISCB.

My main interest focuses on application of statistics in biology and medicine. In particular, I am interested in challenges that recent developments in genetics pose for statistical methodology.

As a member of the Executive Committee, I would like to support activities and initiatives that increase the access to the knowledge of biostatistics in regions, where such an access is still limited. In this respect, I can offer my experience of working in different countries with different levels of development of biostatistics-related education and working environment.

Thomas Jaki

I am Professor of Medical Statistics at Lancaster University (UK) and director of the Medical and Pharmaceutical research unit (MPS) which has a long lasting tradition in the design and analysis of clinical trials. I am a senior research fellow of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and coordinator of the EU training network IDEAS ( and a member of the MRC's North-West Hub for clinical trial methodology research.

I have a particular interest in early drug development and work closely with pharmaceutical companies and public sector research institutions. I am standing for re-election in the ISCB's executive committee as I want to continue to help shape the directions the society is taking in the future and cater for the needs of public sector institutions as well as private companies alike. I am particularly interested in promoting good statistical methods.

Stanislav Katina

Name: Stanislav Katina

City, Country: Brno, Czech Republic

Current Job: Head of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Institute of Mathematics and Statistics, Masaryk University

Qualifications: Associate professor (reader) of mathematical statistics and biostatistics, PhD. in mathematical statistics, MSc. in mathematics and biology

Experience: Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Centre, Department of Biostatistics, Baton Rouge, US (2003), University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada (2003), Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany (2005), University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria (2006–2009), Neurospin, Institute Imagerie BioMedicale, Commissariate Energie Atomique, CEA-Saclay, France (2009), The University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK (2009–2013)

ISCB Member since: 2002

ISCB Conferences attended: 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Previous ISCB experience:

Executive Committee (ExCom) member 2015–2016,

Member of National Groups (NatG) subcommittee since 2009 (former secretary and in 2013–2016 acting deputy secretary),

Member of Statistics in Regulatory Affairs (SiRA) subcommittee since 2015

Reasons for seeking election: To be able to make strong connection between ExCom, NatG, other subcommittees and the local organizing committee at the ISCB annual conferences to help in reaching biostatisticians from Central and Eastern Europe and other regions, and set up rules and standards for their funding, development and education.

Katherine Lee

I am a Senior Biostatistician at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Melbourne (2007-present). I also hold an honorary appointment at the University of Melbourne and am the Associate Director of the Melbourne Children's Trials Centre. I have a BSc in Mathematics, and an MSc and PhD in Medical statistics. Main research interest is in Multiple Imputation for dealing with missing data.

I initially joined the ISCB in 2003. I have attended 9 ISCB conferences and am a member of the Student Conference Awards subcommittee (2012-present), the Conference Organising sub-committee (2013-present), and the Executive Committee (2014-present). I am also chair of the Local Organising Committee for the ISCB conference in 2018.

Since moving to Australia, my active participation in the ISCB has been critical to maintain my engagement with past colleagues, develop exciting new collaborations and keep up with the cutting edge research in biostatistics. By being elected to remain on the ExCom I hope to ensure the ongoing success of this society and the annual conference in continuing to provide this important forum. In particular my interest is in expanding the international nature of this society by engaging a broader range of researchers across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

Taesung Park

Taesung Park received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Statistics from Seoul National University (SNU), Korea and received his Ph.D. degree in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 1990. He is a Professor of the Department of Statistics at SNU, Korea. He has served as the Director of National Creative Research Laboratory of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics as well as Chair of the Department of Statistics in SNU. His research of interest includes longitudinal data analysis, missing data analysis, microarray data analysis, next generation sequencing data analysis, and gene-gene interaction analysis. He has published 5 Books/Book chapters and over 250 peer-reviewed national and international scientific journal papers in the field of biostatistics. He has served as an Associate Editor and an Editorial Board Member of Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Biometrical Journal, Genetic Epidemiology, Biostatics and Epidemiology, Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics, and was a book review editor of Biometrics. He has regularly attended the ISCB annual conferencesand is interested in promoting the young scholars’ participation in the ISCB activities in Asia by hosting ISCB annual conference in Asia in the near future and by extending the network of Asian groups in ISCB society through mutual academic interchange on clinical trials and biostatical knowledge between nations in Asia.

Hein Putter

Hein Putter is a biostatistician working at the Department of Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands. His research interests include survival analysis, in particular competing risks and multi-state models, and longitudinal data analysis, in particular dynamical models in HIV. He is a co-author of the Chapman & Hall book "Dynamic Prediction in Clinical Survival Analysis”, together with Hans van Houwelingen. He collaborates closely with the Department of Surgery and the Department of Oncology of the LUMC, and with international organizations like the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT). He serves as associate editor of Statistics in Medicine and Biostatistics. He was one of the initiators of the IBS Channel Network. In 2010, he was appointed full professor.

Hein Putter has served at the Scientific Programme Committees of the ISCB’s in Munich (2013) and Birmingham (2016), and in the ISCB Executive Committee (2015-2016). He would like to continue his work at the Executive Committee and in particular he is keen on making the ISCB an attractive society for young statisticians.

Toshiro Tango

My current position is as the Director of the Center for Medical Statistics, Tokyo, Japan. I have been an ISCB member and attended 14 ISCB conferences since 1990. My service to the ISCB has included the Membership subcommittee, 2005-2010; the Conference organizing subcommittee, 2013-2016; the Scientific Program committee for ISCB32 in 2011 and I have been an ordinary member of the ExCom, 2015-2016. I think I can contribute to the ISCB as an ExCom member in increasing memberships from Japan and the neighboring countries in East Asia and in promoting their interest to the ISCB.

Christopher Weir

As Professor of Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials at the University of Edinburgh, I lead the health services research statistical team within the Edinburgh Clinical Trials Unit. I also contribute to the UK and EU systems for licensing of new medicines as the statistician member of the UK Commission on Human Medicines.

My biostatistics career started with a PhD studentship and postdoctoral research in which I developed and evaluated expert system-based decision-support for the clinical management of acute stroke. More recent research interests include the design and analysis of cluster-randomised and stepped wedge trials; the development of statistical methodology for evaluation of potential surrogate outcomes; and the application of adaptive designs in early phase clinical trials.

I have been attending ISCB conferences since 2005, and having served on the ISCB Executive Committee and its Statistics in Regulatory Affairs subcommittee for the last two years I would be delighted to continue in these roles if re-elected. My priorities going forward would be to continue to support the ISCB Officers in fulfilling the Society’s aims and to identify initiatives through which the Society could support the growth of biostatistics infrastructure in low- and middle-income countries.

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