Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Pharmacy, Teerthanker Mahaveer University organized a two days national workshop on “Applications of Computational Biostatistics in Clinical and Pharmaceutical Research” on 9th& 10th December, 2014. The workshop was designed for keen researchers in the field of Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Pharmaceutical Sciences and related areas with the prime objective of equipping themselves with concurrent global challenges arising in the innovative arena of the ensuing millennium and Identification of appropriate statistical tools for the candidates & applied problems and to provide hands on training in the application of SPSS.

Many researchers use quantitative abilities, statistical knowledge and communication skills to work on numerous challenging problems in biostatistics and allied areas. This exciting and versatile discipline is contributing to all fields of researches like medical, pharmaceutical and evidence-based healthcare.

The workshop was inaugurated by the galaxy of educationists viz; Prof. R. K. Mudgal, Vice Chancellor (TMU), Prof. K. K. Jha, Director, College Of Pharmacy (TMU) and Dr. G. P. Singh, Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.

The inaugural session was presided over by Prof. R. K. Mudgal, Vice Chancellor, Teerthanker Mahaveer University. In his address, he emphasized the need of acquaintance with computing skills in different areas of absorption of Pharmaceutical graduates and Post graduates including various challenges prevailing all across the globe.

Prof. K. K. Jha, Director, College of Pharmacy, discussed the importance of learning SPSS for Ph.D. Scholars / Researcher and its extrapolative importance in researches.

He added that research is about systematic and strategic searching for elucidations of problems. No matter what scientific methodology is used, the variables under investigation must always be measured in a way or other. Because of scientific management, the world is becoming more and more quantitative and innovative data focused. As a result, statistical tools have been devised to help the researchers summarize and interpret raw data. Statistical procedures not only provide a way of summarizing data into quick and manageable information, but also help in making decisions in the face of uncertainty.

The workshop included one lecture session and six lecture-cum-practical Sessions by Dr. G. P. Singh and Dr. Ajay Kumar, IMS, BHU, Varanasi. In the first lecture session students got awareness on basics of Statistics and Inferential Biostatistics from Dr. G. P. Singh. Various aspects of basic biostatistics and data handling were discussed and the key topics like Basics of statistics, Measures of central tendency, Dispersion & Skewness, Basics of Probability and Normal Distribution, Testing of Means & Variances, Basic commands of SPSS and Data Handling, Data Preparation, Missing Value Analysis, etc.

In the next technical session, Dr. Ajay Kumar discussed some basic features of SPSS encompassing some important topics such as Creating & Editing Graph-board Visualizations including SPSS Maps, Multivariate Techniques, Factor Analysis and Principal Component Analysis.

In the evening session Dr. G. P. Singh introduced Classification and Segmentation Techniques with the help of Cluster Analysis. During the practical training, participants also learned few of these techniques on their laptops and got familiar with the use of SPSS to carry out such data analyses. He further illustrated that Uni-variate ANOVAs could also be used to find the right clusters but the researchers differ on the viability of ANOVAs during Cluster Analyses.

On the second day of the workshop, in the first technical session, the speaker interacted with participants and asked about statistical problems related to their research works. He emphasized that our goal should be focusing on our research/problems and use of appropriate techniques based on such problems, at hand best, suited to the targeted research instead of considering all the methods. In the noon session Dr. G. P. Singh threw light on techniques such as Correlation & Regression Analysis, one-way and Two-way ANOVA with the help of SPSS. He also discussed briefly the techniques like three-way and four-way ANOVA and added that for three-way ANOVA, a researcher needs to have sound knowledge of statistics.

In the evening session, speakers showed the techniques of Multi-Dimensional Scaling (MDS) and Attribute based Perceptual Mapping with SPSS. The use of Discriminant Analyses to categorize the credit card customers into Low and High-Risk categories were discussed. MDS and Perceptual Mapping were referred to require thorough knowledge of market and competitor positioning and suggested to use such techniques in their thesis to represent the analysis in the form of Graphs/Maps rather than numbers and statistics, which is more easy to understand by Lehman.

During the closing ceremony, participants expressed gratitude towards TMU for organizing such type of useful workshop for Ph.D. scholars and also extended the feedbacks to organize such workshops on SPSS for Medical, Bio-Statistics and Engineering Researches.

The workshop used interactive teaching techniques and each individual was encouraged to participate from the basis of his/her own field of experience and insights. In addition to learning and skills development, the workshop also provided a valuable opportunity for researchers and professionals to meet together and encourage each other.

The deliberations motivated and prepared the students to make their earnest efforts to develop requisite skills needed for corporate jobs. The workshop concluded with vote of thanks proposed by Prof. K. K. Jha, Director, College of Pharmacy, Teerthanker Mahaveer University, Moradabad after national anthem.

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