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8.30am - 12.30pm

about the workshop

This workshop is designed to give attending delegates practical lessons in the key stages of designing and analysing an adaptive clinical trial.  For each of the key stages in the design and analysis process, delegates will be taken through the best process, and will be given examples of logistical and regulatory issues and considerations.

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about the leader

Les Huson
Senior Statistical Consultant in Clinical Trials, Statistical Advisory Service, Imperial College London, and Director, GNB Ltd




Les has 25 years' experience of statistical design and analysis of clinical trials (Phase I, II, III, IV).  He has worked in this capacity with a multinational pharmaceutical company, with a CRO, and as freelance consultant/contractor for pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

Les has been responsible for the statistical work on several successful US and European marketing approvals and has substantial experience of liaison with regulatory authorities.  In addition to running his own statistical consultancy, GNB Ltd, Les has teaching responsibilities at Imperial College London.


about the organisation

Imperial College London is consistently rated amongst the world's best universities and is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research.  The Statistical Advisory Service (SAS) exists to help all the staff and postgraduate students of Imperial College with their research. The service also provides statistical help to public bodies and private companies on a commercial basis.  The remit of SAS is wide - offering help with statistics, methodology, and grant applications.

GNB is a specialist statistical consultancy serving clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, providing services in all aspects of statistical work related to the design and analysis of clinical trials. Founded in 1995, it has a reputation for the high quality of our work and the professionalism of its approach.  GNB's services have been instrumental in helping clients to achieve timely US and European Drug Marketing Approvals, and the results of GNB's collaborative work continue to be published in major international peer-reviewed journals.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration and coffee

9:00 Welcome and introductions

9:10 Overview of the main types of adaptive clinical trial

9:50 Key statistical issues in adaptive trials

10:30 Coffee break

10:50 Regulatory and logistical considerations

11:30 Practical implementation - review of software and methods

12:10 Discussion and questions

12:30 End of workshop


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