Second run of MMI course on statistics

Following a successful first run in 2011 and a great demand for training in this area the MMI ‘Introduction to Data Analysis’ course was held on 89 May 2013 in the Institute of Molecular Medicine St James’s Hospital Dublin.

Twenty postgraduate students and researchers from all of the MMI partner institutions (NUI Galway RCSI TCD UCC and UCD) including five MMI Clinical & Translational Research Scholars (further details here) attended the course which comprised 11 hours of lectures and lab-based practical sessions delivered by Dr Eleisa Heron (TCD) and Dr Carlos Pinto (TCD).

Day 1 lectures covered general topics such as how to visualise and present data and introduced the most common distributions that are seen in data. The types of statistical studies as well as the notion of statistical hypothesis were explored. Day 2 lectures analysed methods of hypothesis testing and variables relationships (correlation/regression). Both days included breakout sessions allowing participants to apply the concepts through practical exercises and discuss with the course instructors.

The programme also featured interactive computer lab-based sessions during which participants applied their new statistical knowledge in a greater depth by working on practical exercises using statistical software packages (further details on course content here).

Above: Course participants during Dr Heron’s lecture and during coffee break

The Introduction to Data Analysis course is accredited by Trinity College Dublin (2.5 ECTS). Assessment is by case study and an MCQ examination.

Participants who successfully complete the course assessments will receive a MMI Course Certificate co-signed by representatives of the Course Faculty the TCD Medical School of Postgraduate Studies and MMI Education & Training acknowledging the award of credits.

We thank our sponsor Minitab for their support of this MMI Course.