Reinventing Biostatistics Education for Basic Scientists

Tracey L. Weissgerber, Vesna D. Garovic, Jelena S. Milin-Lazovic, Stacey J. Winham, Zoran Obradovic, Jerome P. Trzeciakowski, Natasa M. Milic

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Numerous studies demonstrating that statistical errors are common in basic science publications have led to calls to improve statistical training for basic scientists. In this article, we sought to evaluate statistical requirements for PhD training and to identify opportunities for improving biostatistics education in the basic sciences. We provide recommendations for improving statistics training for basic biomedical scientists, including: 1. Encouraging departments to require statistics training, 2. Tailoring coursework to the students’ fields of research, and 3. Developing tools and strategies to promote education and dissemination of statistical knowledge. We also provide a list of statistical considerations that should be addressed in statistics education for basic scientists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere1002430
JournalPLoS biology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 8 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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