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Is this biomarker or diagnostic any good? – 3 Day Workshop

15 May @ 10:00 am - 17 May @ 4:00 pm


The University of Birmingham has an excellent track record in discovering and developing new biomarkers and diagnostics, with many internationally important discoveries being made across our research teams.  After discovery and development, biomarkers and diagnostic require appropriate evaluation to assess their measurement properties, relationship with disease, and how they can best be used to benefit patients and in further research studies.   This 3-day course has been developed to provide training in biomarker and diagnostic evaluations, covering the design, analysis and interpretation of the portfolio of studies you are likely to need to undertake at difference stages of the translation pathway.


Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at members of research teams in the NIHR BRC and other research groups in the University of Birmingham who are developing or using medical tests or biomarkers for diagnosis, monitoring, stratification or screening, or for use as outcomes in experiments or clinical trials. The course will be suitable for clinical and non-clinical research staff, including those working within trials units.  The methods which will be covered are relevant for biomarkers of all types (e.g. including in vitro diagnostics, imaging, ‘omic technologies and ‘oscopies).


What will the course cover?

The course will focus on estimating and understanding the impact of measurement error, assessing the clinical accuracy of tests, and evaluating how a test may benefit patients.  We will cover design, analysis and interpretation of the portfolio of studies and analytical approaches that are required. Sessions will include a mixture of presentations, interactive sessions and discussion.


Who is running the course?

The course is hosted by the University of Birmingham Test Evaluation Research Group who have an international leading profile in this field, and lead the NIHR Birmingham BRC Diagnostics and Biomarkers cross-cutting theme. Course presenters include

  • Jon Deeks, Professor of Biostatistics
  • Sue Mallett, Senior Lecturer in Medical Statistics
  • Yemisi Takwoingi, Senior Research Fellow in Biostatistics
  • Alice Sitch, Lecturer in Biostatistics
  • Lavinia Ferrante de Ruffano, Research Fellow in Test Evaluation Methodology
  • Sian Taylor-Phillips, Associate Professor of Screening and Test Evaluation


Location: Public Health Building, University of Birmingham (Y17 on campus map here)

Places: As the number of places is limited to 40, please apply through Eventbrite link below and we will be in contact to confirm whether we can offer you a place. We will be prioritising researchers working on Birmingham BRC projects.

Cost: This course is offered free to University of Birmingham researchers.

Registration: Advanced registration is required. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/is-this-biomarker-or-diagnostic-any-good-tickets-56326930365

For further details please contact: Natasha Maguire (N.L.Maguire@bham.ac.uk;  0121-4148712)


15 May @ 10:00 am
17 May @ 4:00 pm


Public Health Building, University of Birmingham (Y17)
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT United Kingdom


University of Birmingham Test Evaluation Research Group