Monday 4 December 2017

Translational Researchers: The Next Generation

SAS JMP Software for Translational Medicine

Statistics is a fundamental part of translational research and the chosen statistical methodology is key to a successful study design; determining sampling techniques, methods for monitoring, data analysis, and the interpretation and reporting of results. The NIHR Statistics Group plays a key role in supporting statisticians and clinicians by providing opportunities for professional development, networking and collaboration. The group aims to promote the uptake of the most appropriate statistical methodology and linked to this is the appropriate tools for the analysis of research data.

Translational research demands cutting edge statistical tools to explore and visualize complex data and the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is supporting trainees locally by running a series of workshops introducing them to statistical visualization software tools. These tools are critical in making sure they can get the most out of their valuable research data.

SAS JMP Software is one of the “next generation” of data visualization tools available to researchers. The Newcastle University IT Service (NUIT) have negotiated an Academic Licence making the software available to staff and students at Newcastle University free of charge.

The latest product to emerge from SAS Institute, JMP is already the fastest growing analytical visualization tool in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors in the US. As might be expected, SAS Institute provide comprehensive training and documentation in support of the software.  However, this year the NIHR Newcastle BRC began to offer hands-on workshops to bring researchers up to speed with the new software as quickly as possible and to learn in the context of their own research.

Led by Dennis Lendrem in the Faculty of Medical Sciences and Matt Linsley in the School of Maths and Statistics the workshops give a quick two hour “JMPStart” introduction to the software.

After the first two oversubscribed sessions in November, additional workshops have been added to give more researchers the opportunity to learn how this software can benefit their projects. You can learn more about the workshops and book your place via the following links:

Dennis has already used JMP software in a number of research projects including an evaluation of the added benefit of ultrasound examination as a diagnostic tool for patients presenting for the first time in rheumatology clinics. Also in a study aiming to minimize treatment delays for patients in rheumatology clinics which used JMP software to confirm these findings in an analysis of national data from the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).