PSI ToxSIG Webinar: Combining Sexes
The webinar will provide a general introduction to the topic of combining sexes for statistical analysis in Toxicology. It will also discuss guideline recommendations pertaining to this topic.
I’m Sally Cockayne and I study a Mathematics BSc at the University of Reading. I really enjoy logical thinking and problem solving but also miss my interest in Biology from A-level, so I always knew I wanted to complete a placement within the pharmaceutical industry. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) appealed to me as a company because of the values they hold and the opportunity to apply my mathematical knowledge to scientific projects that have a positive impact on people’s lives.
After a successful application process, I began my role in the Chemistry, Manufacturing and Control (CMC) Statistics department focussed on drug development to treat respiratory conditions and HIV. Having the experience to apply concepts to real-life data and work in an office environment with highly skilled statisticians has hugely developed my confidence and helped steer my career path.
The main role of a CMC Statistician at GSK is to consult and provide statistical expertise to scientists and engineers. There is a key focus on statistical testing, exploratory data analysis and design of experiment to ensure all batches of medicines are safe and efficacious for patient use. Before I could begin writing code for projects, I had to revise some of my statistical modules and learn the main programming language used as the statistical analysis software (SAS), which I had some previous exposure to at University.
CMC Statisticians consult with many departments and work on a range of different projects. This year I have worked on over 20 different projects using various statistical techniques and software. Some of my favourite projects to work on have been:
There was an endless amount to get involved in at GSK which assisted to develop my confidence, networking and communication skills. To name a few, I was a volunteer on the Ware communications team to help author the weekly newsletter distributed to 1500 employees. I completed my Industrial Cadets Platinum Leaders Award and have volunteered at numerous charity events to help raise money mainly for the GSK Ware charity ‘SENSE’. I became a STEM Ambassador for GSK which led to numerous opportunities, a highlight was working at science shows that hosted 650 primary school children!
My year has been incredible and I have achieved and developed so much in the space of 12 months with great help and support from my work colleagues and fellow placement students. I’ve learnt skills I could not have gained from my degree alone and I think the experiences and confidence I have developed will be invaluable in the future. I couldn’t recommend it enough!