Bayesian Biostatistics: 20-24 November 2017 (Stellenbosch)

Posted on Fri, Aug 04 2017 11:12:00

Prof. Emmanuel Lesaffre of the Leuven Biostatistics and Statistical Bioinformatics Centre (L-BioStat), Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will be presenting this intensive five-day course at Stellenbosch under the auspices of the South African DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA). The course will be hosted by the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences, University of Stellenbosch, and will there daily, from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.


Please note:
•    The deadline for early bird registration fees to be paid is 30 September 2017.
•    For participants within South Africa, the course fee is R6000 for early bird registration and R7000 for later registration, by 31 October 2017 deadline.
•    For international participants, the fee is 600 € for early bird registration, and 700 € for late registration. (Note: Payment must be processed prior to the course.)
•    The fee includes refreshments, lunches, social events, a copy of the textbook, and a non-refundable registration fee (R1200) for South African participants, 110 € for international participants).
•    The costs of accommodation, breakfast, and dinner are not included. Short-term accommodation is in high demand, so best to book early. Useful websites include Airbnb, TripAdvisor, Sleeping out and
•    The textbook will be Lesaffre and Lawson: Bayesian Biostatistics (Wiley, 2012)

Course Overview

In the last two decades the Bayesian approach has become increasingly popular in virtually all application areas. The approach is especially known for its capability to tackle complex statistical modeling tasks. The aim of this course is to introduce the participants smoothly into Bayesian statistical methods, from basic concepts to hierarchical models, model building and model testing. Numerous biostatistical examples (e.g. meta-analyses, longitudinal studies including growth curve modelling, analysis of clinical trials, etc) illustrate the theoretical concepts. The course is scheduled into classroom teaching and computer exercises, and uses the software packages WinBUGS, OpenBUGS, JAGS and but also their interfaces with R making use of R2WinBUGS, R2OpenBUGS and rjags. The course is based on the Wiley book of Lesaffre and Lawson, entitled Bayesian Biostatistics. Each participant will receive a  copy of this book, included in the course fee. 

Target Audience

The course assumes a good knowledge of regression techniques (linear, logistic, etc.) and some knowledge of models for correlated data. Some programming skills are essential, and experience with R is desirable. Participants are strongly advised to familiarize themselves in advance with the basics of R and RStudio.

Course Presenter

Emmanuel Lesaffre is Professor of Biostatistics at L-Biostat, K.U.Leuven, Leuven, Belgium. His research interests include Bayesian methods, longitudinal data analysis, statistical modelling, analysis of dental data, interval censored data, misclassification issues and clinical trials. He has written more than 350 papers in peer-reviewed statistical and medical journals. He is the founding chair of the Statistical Modelling Society, past-president of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics and fellow of ISI and ASA.

He (co-)authored six books among which the recently published Wiley book Bayesian Biostatistics (2012) together with Andrew Lawson.

Contact Us

Enquiries that are not already addressed above may be directed to the SACEMA Workshop Administrator, Christianah Olojede,