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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  • Webinar: MCP-Mod – Theory, Implementation and Extensions - Dates: 08 – 08 May, 2019

    MCP-Mod (Multiple Comparisons & Modelling) is a popular statistical methodology for model-based design and analysis of dose finding studies. This webinar will describe the theory behind MCP-Mod (plus extensions), and how to implement it within available software. Pantelis Vlachos (Cytel) will provide a brief introduction to the methodology and illustrate the MCP-MoD capabilities in EAST 6.5. Saswati Saha (University of Brehem) will discuss new variations and alternatives to MCP-Mod and show how to implement them in R. Neal Thomas (Pfizer) will present further technical details of MCP-Mod by evaluating the method using results from least squares linear model theory.
  • PSI Webinar: Statistical Engagement with Commercial Activities - Dates: 12 – 12 Mar, 2019

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