Young Biometrician Award for 2015

We are delighted to announce that the BIR-FMT 2015 Young Biometrician Award has been won by David Robertson of the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge, for his paper “Correcting for bias in the selection and validation of informative diagnostic tests” published in Statistics in Medicine (2015, Vol 34, pages 1417-1437). The judges commented that “The paper provides an accessible and valuable approach to an important biostatistical problem.  The development shows an impressive grasp of the practicalities of the issues involved, as well as a mastery of highly appropriate methodological techniques which, although well-established, are seldom seen nowadays.” The award includes a diploma and a prize of £1000 and will be presented at a BIR meeting in the autumn (details will appear on the BIR website in due course).

The panel of three judges comprised Professors Michael Kenward (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, representing the FMT), John Matthews (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, representing the BIR) and Ørnulf Borgan (University of Oslo, Norway, international judge). The judges commented that all the entries were of a very high standard.  In coming to their decision they considered: the statement made by the nominator about the conduct of the  research; the importance of the problem addressed and the understanding of the underlying biometrical  issues demonstrated in the paper; the merits of the paper both in terms of technical skill and exposition; and the applicability of the research to the biometrical problem investigated.
The Award is a joint venture between the British and Irish Region of the IBS and the Fisher Memorial Trust ( It is awarded once every two years, and members of the BIR within 5 years of completing their full-time education (including PhD studies) are eligible to be nominated.


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