Staburo @ the 9th Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers

From 13 to 15 September 2023, the 9th SAfJR (Survival Analysis for Junior Researchers) conference took place at the Reisensburg Castle in Günzburg, Germany. The conference, attended by over 60 researchers from around the world, provided a platform for sharing current knowledge in survival analysis. 

The event featured several talks and a poster session. Invited speakers included Torsten Hothorn from the University of Zurich, who presented a tutorial on “A transformation perspective on Survival Analysis”; Torben Martinussen from the University of Copenhagen, who discussed “Subtleties in the interpretation of hazard ratios”; and Jan Feifel from Merck Healthcare KGaA, who spoke about “Real world evidence supporting clinical development in Oncology”. 

Staburo was represented by Maria Blanco, who presented a poster titled “Evaluation of event rate differences using stratified Kaplan-Meier estimates with Mantel-Haenszel weights & adjusted hybrid variance estimators”. This project, a collaboration between Stephan Bischofberger, Hannes Buchner, Gabriele Bleckert and Ling Zhu from Staburo, Rainer-Georg Göldner from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG and Bernhard Haller from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), was focused on utilizing the stratified Z test with Kaplan Meier estimates at a fixed time to test the superiority of treatments with survival endpoints. The team aimed to optimize the approach by considering different variance estimators and weights for the strata groups. For those interested, the complete poster is available below: 

The conference, held at the historic Reisensburg Castle – now maintained and used by the Ulm University for scientific conferences – also included a social dinner for attendees. 

Staburo appreciates the opportunity to have participated in this event and looks forward to future conferences. 

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