Bayesian Methods in Clinical Research (2017)

Bayesian Methods in Clinical Research (Course #: 0158.1265)


Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Date and Time:

July 9-13, 2017 | 08:30-14:00


Room TBA, Sackler Faculty of Medicine

Final Exam:

July 14, 2017 | 9:00-11:00 | Room TBA


Biostatistics (knowledge of various regression models: linear regression, logistic/probit regression, survival models, and if possible hierarchical models). Familiarity with R is also required.


2 Academic Credits

Application: Apply now: English (International) | Hebrew (Israeli)

Course Syllabus

A detailed syllabus can be found here.

Course Description

In the last two decades, the Bayesian approach has become increasingly popular in virtually all application areas. The approach is especially known for its capability to tackle complex statistical modeling tasks. The aim of this course is to introduce the participants smoothly into Bayesian statistical methods, from basic concepts to hierarchical models, model building and model testing. Numerous biostatistical examples (e.g. meta-analyses, longitudinal studies including growth curve modeling, analysis of clinical trials, etc) will illustrate the theoretical concepts. The course is scheduled into classroom teaching and computer exercises, and uses the software packages WinBUGS and OpenBUGS but also their interfaces with R, making use of R2WinBUGS and R2OpenBUGS. The course is based on a recently published Wiley book of Lesaffre and Lawson, entitled Bayesian Biostatistics.


Participants must pass the final exam with a grade of at least 60 (D) to receive academic credit for the course. Non-credit participants are not required to take the final exam. 

Lecturers Bio

Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre, PhD

Professor of Statistics, Catholic University of Leuven and Hasselt, Belgium. 

Chair, Biostatistics Department, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Netherlands.

Founding Chair, Statistical Modelling Society and President, International Society for Clinical Biostatistics.

Contact Information

International: Ms. Saritte Perlman |  | +972-(0)3-640-7796
Israeli: Mr. Michael Brik | | 03-6408572 |  Hebrew Website

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