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Activity Number: 14
Type: Topic Contributed
Date/Time: Sunday, July 29, 2012 : 2:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Sponsor: Section for Statistical Programmers and Analysts
Abstract - #304382
Title: The Professional Pharma Statisticians: Thinkers, Practitioners, and Leaders
Author(s): Kao-Tai Tsai and Karl E. Peace*+
Companies: Celgene Corporation and Georgia Southern University
Address: 305 Werdwood Drive, Statesboro, GA, 30458,
Keywords: evidence-based practice ; clinical trials

In this fast growth of advanced information and global competition era, the statistics profession is at a critically important point in its history for strategic decision-making.

In the decades up to the 1970s, the statistics profession primarily focused on the development of the statistical theory to solve fundamental problems encountered in R&D, manufacturing and other optimization processes. However, in order to meet current societal needs, the statistics profession needs to adjust practices and perform more like engineering with critical statistical thinking and focus on how to best utilize known scientific and statistical principles for the greater benefit of organizations and the general public. In addition, the evidence-based practice of statistics to integrate the best research evidence with statistical expertise and value to our clients should also be at the frontier of consideration.

In this presentation, I will discuss how well statisticians do in the industrial environment, how the statistics profession has been perceived by other professions, the challenges that face the statistics profession, and how to better steer the statistics profession to fit current and

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