Delaware Chapter, ASA

Dinner Meeting: October 2012


Meeting location: Townsend Hall on the University of Delaware campus -- Commons Area. Townsend Hall    

Speaker:   Dennis Sweitzer, PhD
Principal Biostatistician
Medidata Solutions
Title:   Randomization: Too important to gamble with
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Meeting slides (pdf).
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Randomization is a central part of Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) which are considered the 'gold standard' of clinical evidence. This talk is a basic introduction to the topic of randomization: It outlines how randomization is key to reducing various kinds of bias in a study; Explains several common randomization techniques; Proposes measurements of predictability and imbalance of a randomization method; And compares the performance of the methods in a series of simulations.


Dennis Sweitzer, is Principal Biostatistician at Medidata Solutions providing cross-functional statistical support and development of cloud based clinical trial software systems. He has nearly 20 experience in statistics, clinical trials, data mining and simulation, including 14 years at AstraZeneca.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2012

Social time -- 6:00 pm
Buffet -- 6:30 pm
Speaker -- 7:15 pm

Townsend Hall
South College Ave.
University of Delaware
Newark, DE   Directions/Map
Menu: (Catered by Aramark, University of Delaware Food Services)
Simply Italian
  • Caesar Salad
  • Broccoli with lemon zest
  • Garlic bread
  • Chicken Parmesan
  • Rotini Marinara and Tiramisu

Cost: $20 for members/others, students $5, FREC students free
Reservations to: 

Irina Baldycheva by Monday, Setember 15, 2012.
Phone: 302-885-9136
Email: Irina Baldycheva.


Note: Please be sure to RSVP by this date. Aramark requires an accurate count of the number of plates three days prior to an event, and we pay by the plate.

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