PSI Conference Webinar: Florence Nightingale, pigeon holes and mustard seeds: using data to improve health.

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Date: Monday 8th June 2020
Time: 14:30 - 15:30
Speaker: Deborah Ashby (RSS and Imperial College)


This webinar is part of our 2020 Conference Webinar Series. Further information including details of other webinars that are included in the Conference package can be found here.
Members receive all webinars in the conference series for free.
Non-members receive all webinars in the conference series for £100+VAT, which includes complimentary membership* of PSI until the 31st December 2020. 

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Session Abstract:

Florence Nightingale, best known as the Lady with the Lamp, is recognised as a pioneering and passionate statistician. She had argued successfully with her parents to be allowed to study mathematics, and later nursing, and then combined these skills to use data imaginatively and powerfully to improve health. As we celebrate the bicentenary of her birth, the need for statistical and data skills to improve health show no signs of abating. What lessons can we draw from Florence Nightingale to shape the future of statistics?

Speaker Details:




Deborah Ashby
RSS and Imperial College.

Professor Deborah Ashby is Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London where she holds the Chair in Medical Statistics and Clinical Trials and was Founding Co-Director of Imperial Clinical Trials Unit.She is a Chartered Statistician and her research interests are in clinical trials, risk-benefit decision making for medicines, and the utility of Bayesian approaches in these areas. She is currently President of the Royal Statistical Society.She has sat on the UK Commission on Human Medicines and acts as adviser to the European Medicines Agency.She has recently chaired the Population Research Committee for Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research HTA Commissioning Board and was Deputy Chair of the HTA Programme. Deborah was awarded the OBE for services to medicine in 2009, appointed an NIHR Senior Investigator in 2010, and elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2012.

*Membership is not compulsory. Upon registering for the webinar series, any Non Members will be able to confirm whether or not they would like to receive complimentary membership. If they would, full membership (up until 31st December 2020) will be processed the week following the event. 

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