Thursday, September 21, 2017

Documents of the Annual General Meeting 2017 have been added

Photos of the Spring Event have been added

Welcome to the home page of BMS / ANed
This is the joint home page of two scientific professional associations:
BMS – Biometric Section of the Dutch Society for Statistics and Operations Research (VVS);
ANed – Dutch region of the International Biometric Society (IBS).
BMS and ANed have joined forces to promote the study and application of statistics in medicine, life sciences and related fields. BMS-ANed organizes scientific conferences, but we also manage the national Register of Biostatisticians in order to guarantee professional standards.
Every two years, ANed gives the Biometry Award to the best publication in the field of biometry. BMS-ANed also participates in the organization of the biennial international Channel Network Conference.
Moreover, our working groups organize meetings regarding various subdisciplines of biostatistics.
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Announcements and Calls
(added September 5, 2017):

Leiden hosts the seventh annual international conference Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers from April 24-26. See below for more information.

(added July 19, 2017):

The BMS/ANed PhD Day for PhD students in Biostatistics in the Netherlands will take place on October 10 2017. See below for more information.

(added September 20, 2016): 
Hein Putter is awarded the Biometry Award 2016

BMS / ANed Events
 Future events    
 Date  Event  Location
Oct 10, 2017 PhD Biostatistics day 2017 Rotterdam (NL)
 Past events    
 Date  Event  Location
 June 6, 2017
 BMS-ANed Spring Meeting 2017   Leiden (NL)
 Jan 20, 2017  BMS-ANed Winter Meeting "Biostatistics for the Future"  Amsterdam (NL)
 June 24, 2016  BMS-ANed Annual General Meeting 2016  Leiden (NL)
 June 24, 2016  BMS-ANed Spring Meeting "Biostat's Better Half"  Leiden (NL)
 Before  Archives  

Other events
 Future events    
 Date   Event  Location 
 Apr 24-26, 2018  International conference Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers  Leiden (NL)
 Jul 8-13, 2018  International Biometric Conference  Barcelona (ESP)
 Past events    
 Date   Event  Location 
 Apr 24-26, 2017
 Channel Network Conference   Hasselt (BE) 
 Mar 23, 2017
 Annual Meeting of the VVS-OR  Utrecht (NL)
 Jul 10-15, 2016  International Biometric Conference  Victoria (CA)
 Aug 23-27, 2015  Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics  Utrecht (NL)
 June 18th, 2015  Fom Big Data to Biological Solutions  Wageningen (NL)
 Before  Archives  

Job announcements

(added 13-3-2017):

At Leiden University Medical Center we have a vacancy for 1 Postdoc (2 years) on method development for modelling and integration of longitudinal omics data.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Roula Tsonaka (Medical Statistics and Bioinformatics department) and Dr Pietro Spitali (Human Genetics department).

Deadline for applications is March 15th, 2017. For more information please check the link:
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To request an advertisement on the website of the BMS-ANed and/or a notification on the LinkedIn page, please contact the webmaster of BMS-ANed ( The costs are 100 euros for an advertisement on the BMS-ANed website. A LinkedIn notification is free of costs.

Announcements and calls details
Seventh annual international conference Survival Analysis for Junior ResearchersSeventh annual international conference Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Leiden hosts the annual international conference Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers on 24-26 April, 2018. This conference is aimed at career-young statisticians with an interest in the application and development of time-to-event analysis and related topics. This three-day event provides a unique opportunity for participants to present and discuss their work with peers at a similar stage in their careers in a relaxed and friendly environment.

The event includes a tutorial on multi-state models by Prof. dr. Hein Putter (Leiden University Medical Center), talks from keynote speakers Dr. Maja Pohar Perme (University of Ljubljana) and Dr. Birgit Witte (VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam), as well as poster sessions, a welcome reception and a conference dinner!

The conference aims to bring together researchers and statisticians working in different areas of survival analysis who are in the early stages of their career. This includes:

-       Career-young researchers and statisticians

-       Post-docs

-       PhD students

-       Postgraduate students

Anyone who does not consider themselves “career-young” is also welcome to attend and present their work.

More information can be found on the conference website

BMS/ANed PhD Day for PhD students in Biostatistics in the Netherlands - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the BMS/ANed PhD Day for PhD students in Biostatistics in the Netherlands will take place in the Erasmus MC, Rotterdam on Tuesday October 10th 2017.

The goal of this interactive day is to give PhD students valuable tips to survive their PhD and plan their career afterwards through presentations and a Q&A session.
More importantly, this day will be a great opportunity to meet PhD students from other universities and share experiences!

Detailed information is found here.

Hein Putter is awarded the Biometry Award 2016 - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

On the 24th of June, during the Spring meeting, Hein Putter was awarded the Hans van Houwelingen Award 2016. The award is given for the paper:

Putter, H. and Van Houwelingen, H.C. (2015). Dynamic frailty models based on compound birth-death processes. Biostatistics, 16, 550-564

They justify their choice with the following:

"This is a very innovative paper that proposes a time-dependent frailty model with a new class of frailty processes. The work is theoretically compelling and from a more applied point of view, the impact of  the frailty distribution on marginal hazard and hazard ratio is also highlighted. It has the  potential to inspire more applied work."

In addition the jury has awarded an honoray mention to Dimitri Rizopoulos for the paper

Rizopoulos, D., Hatfield, L.A., Carlin, B.P. and Takkenberg, J.J.M. (2014). Combining dynamic predictions from joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data using Bayesian model averaging. Journal of the American Statistical Association, 109, 1385-1397

with the following reasoning:

"This is a comprehensive presentation of  flexible joint models for individual dynamic prediction with innovative proposal for doing prediction using time-dependent Bayesian model-averaging. Well written paper with interesting applications and simulations illustrating the usefulness of this  methodology."

The jury consisted of Nicole Augustin (Bath), Hélène Jacqmin-Gaddan (Bordeaux) and Sach Mukherjee (Cambridge).  

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