Need for medical researchers to have biostatistical skills highlighted

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Monday, 22 October, 2012

In the Weekend Australian (20-21 October 2012 p48) Professor Douglas Hilton, the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), highlighted the great need for more medical and biological researchers to have statistical expertise.

He commented that bioinformatics expertise is in critically short supply in Australia. He stated that biostatistical skills were central to every aspect of WEHI’s research activity. Prof Hilton said “If I was a student thinking about biomedical science now, I would really be looking at combining maths and biology. Those kids that have both areas can write their own tickets. It’s such an exciting area.”

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enhance your own biostatistical skills: it is still possible to enroll in Tropical Health Solutions SPSS short course to be held this weekend 27-28 October. Details are available under THS courses.