1. IntroductionTo share and exchange information, experiences, and research findings
in the biopharmaceutical statistics, clinical data management and
With growing presence of global pharmaceutical companies in Shanghai,
rapid growth of China pharmaceutical industry, and the increasing
trend for out-sourcing of statistical services to China, the number
of biostatisticians and the demands for the biostatistics expertise
are quickly increasing.
The Shanghai Biostatistics Forum (SBF) is formed to (1) promoting
biometrics-related professions in China as international talent
forces, (2) enhancing the recognition of professionals in biostatistics,
clinical data management and programming, and (3) providing information
exchange and networking opportunities.
More specifically, SBF will provide a platform in Shanghai and adjacent
To enhance the communication between the industry, academia, and
To promote the globalization, unification and standardization
of statistics practice in the pharmaceutical industry.
To provide training and education opportunities for prospective
To promote biostatistics profession from international perspectives.
The SBF will be run by volunteers, not for profit. At the beginning,
there will be no fee for attending the forum. To cover the event
cost, the sponsorship (space, material, and refreshment) for the
forum is encouraged from interested parties.
The forum will be coordinated by a group of professionals from various
institutions. Initially, the following members will be served as
Professor Jia He, Dept of Health Statistics, Second Military Medical
Professor Jin Xu, Dept of Statistics and Actuarial Science, East
China Normal University
Dr Frank Shen, Roche Inc
Dr William Wang, Merck & Co, Inc
Dr Greg Wei, Pfizer Co
Ms Helen Yin, MacroStat Inc
Dr Weiying Yuan, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Inc
Professor Naiqing Zhao, School of Public Health, Fudan University
Professor Xinsheng Zhang, Dept of Statistics, Fudan University
Dr Zibao Zhang, Excel PharmaStudies Inc
For each event, there will be an institution serving as the host,
a coordinator from that institution will be identified to coordinate
the logistic of that event.
3. Forum activities
The SBF will organize routine seminar or local conference, covering
a wide range of biostatistical research topics at different development
stages of pharmaceutical products including drugs, biologics and
medical devices. These activities could include:
1. Regular seminar series
2. Ad-hoc social or technical gatherings
4. Training courses
5. Software demonstration
6. A web-site with bulletin board or listing-server for announcement
and information exchange.
Tentatively, we plan to have event every quarter. Ideally there
should be a theme at a given event, all presentations in that event
should be related to the theme. At the beginning of the SBF, a web
site hosted by the Secondary Military Medical University will be
used for announcement and communication.
The preferred language for the forum activities will be English.
As the founding coordinators (窟軟選大繁) for the forum, Dr William Wang
and Professor Naiqing Zhao will be the central contacts for information
inquiry about SBF. Their contact information are: William Wang (email@example.com,
office: 86-21-63915522 x239), Professor Naiqing Zhao (firstname.lastname@example.org,
Information about SBF can also be found at http://stat.smmu.edu.cn/sbf/main.htm