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Course Dates: Mon 30 June - Fri 4 July 2014
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
Course organisers: Professor Michel Coleman, Dr Bernard Rachet and Dr Claudia Allemani
Course administrator: Ms Yuki Alencar
A highly experienced faculty will present a stimulating and intensive one-week course on the principles, methods and applications of cancer survival with population-based data, using lectures, computer-based analytic exercises with real data, review sessions and a session for participants to present their own work or ideas. Relative survival will be the main approach to analysis, with discussion of recent methodological developments (e.g. net survival) and results.
The methodological concepts of cancer survival will be illustrated by public health and policy applications throughout the week. Results from recent survival studies will be presented and their interpretation discussed.
The aims of the course are:
- to teach the main statistical methods for population-based cancer survival analysis
- to discuss the main controversies in estimation and interpretation of cancer survival
- to provide students with an intensive learning environment in which most faculty members will attend all sessions of the course, not just their own
- to provide opportunities for computer-based practical analysis of real cancer data
Methods covered include:
- population measures of cancer burden (incidence, prevalence, mortality, survival)
- all-cause (crude), net and relative survival and excess mortality hazard
- construction of abridged and complete life tables
- relative survival analysis, including cohort, complete, period and hybrid approaches
- multi-adjustment of cancer survival for age, stage and other factors
- impact of data quality, completeness, stage migration, screening and lead-time bias
- methods of handling missing data in cancer survival analysis
- avoidable deaths and population "cure"
- multi-variable modelling of relative survival and comparison with Cox and Poisson approaches
Further Information on the School's Cancer Survival Group.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer
Professor Michel Coleman, Dr Bernard Rachet and Dr Claudia Allemani
External faculty members in 2014 will include:
- Dr Manar Abdel-Rahman, Department of Statistics, Faculty of Mathematical Sciences, University of Khartoum.
- Dr Paul Dickman, Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm;
- Dr Maja Pohar Perme, Institute of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Ljubljana;
Other external faculty members to be confirmed.
Who Should Apply?
Epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians and oncologists, public health specialists and others with a direct interest in applied cancer survival analysis, and particularly those working in a cancer registry.
Applicants must have a basic understanding of cancer survival analysis, since this course will include discussion of advanced statistical methods and practical computing, in addition to discussion of the public health applications of cancer survival data.
We do not insist that participants have a qualification in statistics, but some experience is essential in order to take full advantage of the statistical components of the course. All practical sessions will use Stata, therefore some experience with Stata software should be considered essential.
The applied public health elements of the course will be accessible and relevant to all groups.
30 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits have been awarded by the Royal College of Physicians for each course since 2009, and we expect the same approval for 2014.
Course Attendance Certificate
Each participant will receive a certificate of attendance. There is no examination.
The fee will include course materials, lunch on the first and last days of the course, and tea/coffee at each break. This fee does not include travel or accommodation. The course is for a whole week; daily rates are not available.
Discounted fees are available as follows:
- Participants who are based in low-, lower-middle and upper-middle income countries are entitled to a special discounted fee. See the list of eligible countries.
Travel and Accommodation
The School cannot organise travel or accommodation for participants. A list of hotels and other accommodation in the vicinity of the School can be provided on request to Registry.
Sponsorship and Funding
We are seeking funding to enable fellowships to be offered to participants based in developing countries. Availability of fellowships cannot be guaranteed.
You are also encouraged to apply for a place on the course as early as possible. For those who have been accepted on the course, confirmation of acceptance can be supplied. Further enquiries should be made to the course administrator.
Further Information and Applications
For further information please email the Course Administrator
How to apply
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to improving global health through its programme of short and full-time postgraduate study.
- If you have been offered a place on the course you will not be able to register without bringing formal ID (Passport / UK photo driving license) and without having obtained the correct visa.
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- The School may cancel courses two weeks before the first day of the course if numbers prove insufficient. In those circumstances, course fees will be refunded.
- The School cannot accept responsibility for accommodation, travel and other losses incurred as a result of the course being cancelled.