Cathie Marsh Institute Seminar - A Tale of Two Parasites
Time: 16:00 - 17:15
Venue: G.107 Alan Turing Building
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Speaker: Prof Peter Diggle, Lancaster University
In this talk, I will first make some general comments about the role of statistical modelling in scientific research, distinguishing between empirical and mechanistic models. I will then describe in detail how statistical modelling based on Gaussian stochasatic processes has been used in a multi-national control programme for onchocerciasis (river blindness) in equatorial Africa. Finally, I will suggest that statistical thinking should be considered as an essential part of scientific method, and that this should guide our teaching of statistics to (natural and social) science students.
Peter is based at Lancaster University Medical School and holds a part-time post at the University of Liverpool Department of Epidemiology and Population Health. He also has adjunct appointments at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Columbia University International Research Institute for Climate and Society, and Yale University School of Public Health.
Tea & coffee will be available in in the foyer of the Alan Turing Building from 15:40.