Sharing (slides) is caring...

Earlier in November, I went to Copenhagen for the ISPOR conference. The first time I did go was in 2002 and for a while, I kind of lost interest (although I have still gone, occasionally), because I thought that the quality was just not great. BUT: in the past few years, I have to say I have enjoyed it massively and I have noticed a big improvement in the level of the talks/workshops — not all that you see there is outstanding, but then again, what’s the conference where this happens?…

Anyway: this year it was huge (with over 5500 people!) and in a very helpful way, ISPOR makes the slides presented available — this is particularly relevant because people may have skipped a session, or simply have not gone. I think they do make a good effort in liaising with external professionals who are able to advertise and disseminate some of the findings through many social media (more on this below).

Anyway: I was personally involved in two workshops. The first one was a panel in which we discussed the use of open source models, advanced software (watch this space for a couple more announcements from me…), etc. The full set of slides we presented is here.

I’m also particularly happy of the response to how I’ve opened my bit:

(although I’m not particularly happy with my typing skills on my phone keyboard… I obviously meant “source”, not “siurce”…).

The second workshop was part of the work I’ve been doing (with many other colleagues) for the “Special Interest Group” in Statistical Methods in HEOR — the workshop was intended to describe some of the results of our work on missing data (slides here). We had planned for a rather interaction section, which luckily we did manage to pull off — people did ask lots of questions and it was fun to be in the panel to answer them. So much so that it kind of felt like a comic-con — minus people dressed up as one of us…

I think that the SIG will be very involved in both the next US conference (I think it’ll be in Orlando) and the European one in Milan; for the last one in particular, we’re hoping to have something very structured to present most of the work on missing data.

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