This year we have re-designed the academy as a 1-credit course, BIST 5092. This two-week summer academy will be an immersive, collaborative, dynamic and academic experience for students who are planning to pursue a career as a statistician/programmer in pharmaceuticals and health analytics. The course will teach the basics in pharmaceutical statistics using a project-based learning approach. The content of the course is heavily enriched by real drug examples across different therapeutic area. Students will learn by actively engaging in real-world project for drug development. We hope to bring many of the tools, the newer designs and methods which are used in practice but are rarely covered in school, directly to the students who can benefit from learning them and finding their passion in such a role. It will also cover the use of the software in design and analysis of clinical trials. This course is specifically designed for our current BIST MS students and is also open to STAT MS, PhD and UG students, including non-UConn students (non-BIST students), please see course registration instruction below for more details..


  • Attend the SIP2021 conference
  • Learn about innovative statistical designs for clinical trials
  • Work on mock clinical trials
  • Learn about different phases of drug development
  • Interact with professionals
  • Learn interview tricks and resume writing

Course Registration Instruction

In addition to the instruction time between 8/16-8/26, the course also includes your registration in a two-day conference (Aug 27-28), Statistics in Pharmaceuticals (SIP2021). The SIP2021 conference is sponsored by Amgen, Biogen, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol Myers Squibb, Pfizer, Servier, Takeda and Vertex. The sponsor companies, together with UConn Department of Statistics and UConn Center for Career Development, organize and provide the programs for the 2-day conference SIP2021 with scholarship opportunities. See the last two days in agenda below for more details.

At the end of the summer program, you will receive an official UConn transcript for taking BIST 5092. Your course projects will be presented during the 2-day conference on August 27-28. We expect that you will benefit from the academy and you can add this experience to your resume.

Scholarships are available to qualifying candidates based on availability of the fund. Click here to get more information and apply.

Please register for this course through Student Admin. Non-BIST students' email tracy.burke@uconn.edu for permission number to enroll. Registration opens March 22nd.

Non-UConn students should enroll though the UConn Summer and Winter programs office, https://summersession.uconn.edu/
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Course Agenda

Course Instructors: Qiqi Deng and Dooti Roy

Tentative BIST 5092 syllabus
The actual time and content may change in the final version.


Days Time Topic
9:00 – 10:00 Case Study – clinical development of an anti-inflammatory drug
10:00 - 10:15 Break 
10:15 – 12:00 Overview of phase I/II/III clinical trial design and methodology
9:00 - 9:45 Case study (Part 1): Background of the project, Clinical Development Plan
9:45 - 10:45 Case study (Part 2): Introduction to Phase 2 protocol, and Statistical Considerations
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 12:00 Case study (Part 3):  Introduction to Phase 3 protocol, and Statistical Considerations
9:00 - 9:45 Role of Statisticians in a clinical trial conduct.
Trial statistical analysis plan (TSAP)
Trial oversight meetings during trial conduct 
Database Lock and Clinical Study Report
9:45 - 10:00: Break
10:00 - 12:00 Data Standard (CDISC/SDTM/ADaM) and statistical programming of clinical trials
9:30 - 11:30 Basics for sample size calculation in clinical trials: methodology, examples and implementation using software
(1) Normally distributed Endpoint
(2) Binary endpoint
(3) Continuous endpoint
9:30 - 11:30 Estimand in clinical trials
Examples of intercurrent events and missing data across different Therapeutic areas.


Days Time Topic
CCD Career Development Day
(This is a special activity organized by UConn CCD. It is integrated into the short course agenda for easy access of the information.)
10:00 - 10:30 Opening Activity
10:30 - 11:30 Finding Jobs and internships, Understanding Job Postings, and Applicant Tracking Systems
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 Resume/CV Presentation and Lab
2:00 - 3:00 Building a LinkedIn Profile OR
Optimizing Your Use of LinkedIn (2 concurrent sessions
9:30 - 11:30 Multiplicity adjustment
  • A review of FDA and EMA guidance about multiplicity adjustment
9:30 - 11:30 Adaptive Design:
  • Methodology in COVID-19 Vaccine case study
  • Seamless design
9:30 - 11:30 Leverage historical data and data synthesis.
  • Borrowing historical information
  • Borrowing adult trial data for pediatric development
  • Synthesis of data from different resources.



8/27-28, 2021

Attending Statistics in Pharmaceuticals Conference