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2007 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting

Announcement and call for papers

The second Stata Users Group meeting in the Nordic and Baltic countries will be held on September 7, 2007, in Stockholm. The meeting is open to all interested, and the objective of the meeting is to provide Stata users working in different areas of research with the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and information on new applications of the software.

Stockholm, Sweden
Source: Stockholm Visitors Board
Photographer: Alexander V. Dokukin
Date: September 7, 2007
Schedule: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM Morning session
12:00 PM–1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM–5:00 PM Afternoon session
Venue: Karolinska Institutet
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Nobels väg 12A
SE-171 77 Stockholm
Sweden
Cost: Conference only: free
See Registration and details for more information.

Invited speakers

Nicholas J. Cox, Durham University:

Bobby Gutierrez, StataCorp

Alan Riley, StataCorp

Patrick Royston, MRC Clinical Trials Unit, London

Submission guidelines

Abstracts should be sent by email no later than August 19, 2007, to Peter Hedström (peter.hedstrom@nuffield.ox.ac.uk).

Suggested presentation topics include but are not limited to

  • Using Stata for modeling and analysis
  • User-written Stata programs
  • Using Stata to import and manage data
  • Using Stata for graphics
  • Teaching Stata
  • Teaching statistics with Stata
  • Surveys or critiques of Stata facilities in specific fields
  • Software comparisons

Indicate if you would like your presentation to be

  • A 20-minute (followed by a 10-minute discussion),
  • A 10-minute (followed by a 5-minute discussion), or
  • Some other form of presentation.
Karolinska Institutet
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Registration and details

The meeting is free of charge. To register, send an email to metrika@metrika.se containing your name, affiliation, and contact details before August 31, 2007. There will be an optional dinner in a Stockholm restaurant on Friday evening (at additional cost).

The conference will be held in the Atrium lecture hall at the Karolinska Institutet, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Nobels väg 12A, in Stockholm. Make your hotel reservations as early as possible since hotel rooms can be in short supply.

Adjunct meeting on Thursday, September 6, 2007

On Thursday, September 6, 2007, there will be a satellite meeting:

Methods for studying cancer patient survival with application in Stata
Course leader: Paul Dickman, Karolinska Institutet

Relative survival is the outcome measure of choice for studying cancer patient survival by using data collected by population-based cancer registries. The aim of this workshop is to discuss and compare approaches to estimating and modeling relative survival (excess mortality) and their application in Stata. The workshop will include presentations from invited speakers who have developed methodology that is implemented in Stata.

Speakers include Paul Dickman (estimating and modeling relative survival, the strs command), Paul Lambert (cure models, the strsmix and strsnmix commands), Bernard Rachet (estimating relative survival by using the strel command, modeling using fractional polynomials and splines, modeling and smoothing population mortality rates), Chris Nelson (fitting spline functions for relative survival models, the strsrcs command) and Ula Nur (modeling relative survival in the presence of incomplete data). The primary focus will be on approaches to modeling excess mortality, particularly when proportional excess hazards are not appropriate. Many of the approaches to modeling differ only in the method used for modeling the baseline hazard; the various approaches will be discussed from both a theoretical and practical approach.

All speakers will use standard datasets in their presentations to facilitate comparison of the various approaches. These datasets will be distributed to all participants in advance (along with research questions to be explored) and Stata code presented during the workshop will be available on the web. We will discuss proposals for future methodological development and possible collaboration, as well as possibilities for standardizing the Stata commands (at least to the extent it is possible). The workshop is aimed at participants who have prior knowledge of methods for population-based cancer survival analysis or have a very strong background in medical statistics and Stata.

The workshop is free of charge. For more information, visit www.pauldickman.com/workshop.

Organizers

The meeting is jointly organized by Metrika Consulting (www.metrika.se), the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet (www.meb.ki.se), and the Department of Nutritional Epidemiology, National Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet (http://ki.se/IMM).

Metrika is the certified exclusive distributor of Stata in the Nordic and Baltic regions. For more information, contact them at metrika@metrika.se.

The Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group organizing committee

Paul Dickman, paul.dickman@ki.se
Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Karolinska Institutet
Peter Hedström, peter.hedstrom@nuffield.ox.ac.uk
Nuffield College
Oxford University, and Metrika
Nicola Orsini, nicola.orsini@ki.se
Department of Nutritional Epidemiology
The National Institute of Environmental Medicine
Karolinska Institutet
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