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The Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting will be held on 12 September 2018 at the Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park. There will also be an optional course on 13 September.

This meeting will provide Stata users the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and information on new applications of Stata. Representatives from StataCorp—Jeff Pitblado, Executive Director of Statistical Software, and Chuck Huber, Senior Statistician—will attend, and there will be the usual "Wishes and grumbles" session, at which you may air your thoughts to Stata developers. Everyone who is interested in Stata is welcome.

Call for presentations

Does your research rely on Stata? Do you have insights that would enlighten colleagues in your field? Prepare your abstract for the 2018 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting.

Presentation guidelines

No level of sophistication is assumed for presenters or attendees. The scientific committee looks forward to hearing your presentation ideas or discussing with you the suitability of a potential contribution. Presentation topics include but are not limited to

  • using Stata for modeling and analysis;
  • new community-contributed commands;
  • using Stata for data management;
  • using Stata for graphics;
  • methods and resources for teaching statistics with Stata;
  • surveys or critiques of Stata facilities in specific fields; and
  • comparisons of Stata with other software.

For examples of past presentations, view the proceedings page.

Submitting your presentation

If you would like to contact the scientific committee or submit a paper to be presented at the meeting, email the scientific committee at StataMeetingOslo2018@kreftregisteret.no. Include your name, affiliation, address, and phone number. Also indicate whether you wish to give

  • a 20-min. talk (followed by a 10-min. discussion);
  • a 10-min. talk (followed by a 5-min. discussion); or
  • some other presentation.

The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2018 (preferably much earlier).

Course: Parametric competing risks and multistate models

by Michael J. Crowther, Lecturer in Biostatistics, University of Leicester


The course on 13 September will focus on the use of parametric survival models when analyzing data with competing risks and then extending to multistate models. Multistate models are increasingly being used to model complex disease profiles. By modeling transitions between disease states, accounting for competing events at each transition, we can gain an improved understanding of patients' prognoses and how risk factors impact them over the whole disease pathway. Emphasis will be placed on the use of flexible parametric survival models that incorporate restricted cubic splines on the log-hazard or log cumulative-hazard scale. This will include models with time-dependent effects (nonproportional hazards). Efficient and generalizable simulation methods to obtain clinically useful and directly interpretable predictions will be used, which are particularly useful for more complex models. Assumptions of the models, including the Markov assumption and how this can be relaxed, will be discussed. The course will be taught using Stata, making use of the multistate package. The course will discuss the theory, but emphasis will be placed on applying and interpreting the methods.

Given the limited time, there will not be computer lab sessions on the day, but some example questions will be provided to participants, together with solutions and Stata code. Demonstration of some of these questions to highlight some of the key features of using these models will be demonstrated.

Target audience

The course is aimed at statisticians and epidemiologists with an interest in modeling survival data. The primary focus of the course is on statistical methods, but a degree in statistics or mathematical statistics is not essential. Some previous knowledge of survival analysis would be useful, for example, understanding of survival/hazard functions and experience of using the Cox model and the Royston-Parmar flexible parametric survival model. However, time will be spent on application of the methods and explanation of key concepts so that those with a less formal statistical training can gain an understanding of the methods and their interpretation.

For more information or to register, visit the official course page.

Scientific committee

Yngvar Nilssen
The Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population-based Cancer Research

Arne Risa Hole
University of Sheffield

Morten Wang Fagerland
Oslo Centre for Biostatistics and Epidemiology (OCBE)

Øyvind Wiborg
University of Oslo

Peter Hedström
Linköping University


To register for the meeting, please email your name, affiliation, and contact details to Metrika Consulting.


The meeting will be held at the Oslo Cancer Cluster Innovation Park in Oslo, Norway.

Oslo University Hospital
Auditorium FOBY, Building K
Radiumhospitalet, Forskningsbygget
Ullernchausseen 70
0379 Oslo
GPS: 59.9307,10.662


The meeting is free, but registration is required. There will be a small optional fee to cover the cost of lunch. Due to the few lunch alternatives at the conference venue, ordering the optional lunch is recommended.

Visit the official meeting page to register or to see more information.

Logistics organizer

The 2018 Nordic and Baltic Stata Users Group meeting is jointly organized by The Cancer Registry of Norway, Institute of Population-based Cancer Research and Metrika Consulting, the distributor of Stata in the Nordic countries and Baltic states—Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

For more information on the 2018 Stata Users Group meeting, visit the official meeting page.

View the proceedings of previous Stata Users Group meetings.





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