External Affairs

Chair: Ray Harris

External Affairs is PSI’s newest committee. Our remit is to promote, amongst members of the pharmaceutical industry and the general public, a proper understanding of risks, benefits and associated statistical issues as they relate to pharmaceutical research, development, manufacturing and marketing.

This will be achieved by:

  • A programme of interactions with the media, including the submission of letters and articles to learned and lay press and other media outlets.
  • A programme of activities designed to highlight to the pharmaceutical industry (e.g., companies and professional bodies) the importance of statistics and appropriate statistical methods.
  • A programme of activities designed to highlight to people and bodies of influence (e.g., political organisations and politicians, regulatory bodies) the importance of statistics and appropriate statistical methods.
  • Responding to requests for a PSI perspective on relevant statistical matters.
  • Responding to emerging statistical issues of public and/or industry significance with written or oral submissions.
  • Promoting interaction between PSI and its members and the media for example, by encouraging journalists to attend and participate in PSI events; by encouraging PSI committees to hold events that will attract journalists and interest the audiences they serve.

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  • Introduction to Bayesian Statistics - Dates: 25 – 26 Jun, 2019

    The course will focus on the practical implementation of the background and practicalities of Bayesian design, analysis and reporting and will not go into deep statistical methodology or software coding. Examples and practical exercises are used throughout to aid understanding and interaction. References will be to give the attendee links to the statistical formulae and other reading.
  • PSI Toxicology SIG Webinar "Pig-A Assay": - Dates: 18 – 18 Jun, 2019

    The in vivo Pig-a gene mutation assay is based on the endogenous X-linked Pig-a gene (phosphatidylinositol N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase, subunit A).
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