Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce that the keynote speakers for the 2021 conference will be Alan Smith and Ian Bott from the Financial Times and Janet Wittes from WCG Statistics Collaborative.

Alan Smith, Head of Visual and Data Journalism, Financial Times

Ian Bott, Graphic Artist, Financial Times

Covid-19: Visualising the pandemic: Alan and Ian will talk about the Financial Times' use of visuals to present quantitative information and scientific concepts to a wide audience. The talk will include examples of data visualisation and scientific illustration produced by the FT as part of its coronavirus coverage.

Janet Wittes, President, WCG Statistics Collaborative

Designing trials for orphan and ultra-orphan indications: Choosing a control for an orphan indication can be very difficult, and the problem becomes even harder in studying an ultra-orphan disease. This talk considers three types of controls: randomized, as was done for Luxterna; historical controls, as was done for Brineura; and the increasingly popular patient as his or her own control. The advantages and disadvantages of the three types will be discussed along with the kind of study outcome appropriate for each.

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