Welcome to New England Rare Disease Statistics Workshop (NERDS) 2020

Virtual Webinar Series
November 2020 - December 2020

The New England Statistical Society (NESS), alongside the 2020 NERDS organizing committee, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a series of virtual webinars (11/2020 - 12/2020) focused on the current state of statistical and clinical research in rare disease drug development. We had a very successful NERDS 2019 event last year on Oct 11, where we had 160 participants get together in Downtown Boston. This year we aim to keep the conversation going with several webinars that are aimed to keep our rare disease community connected and informed of recent advances and research.

The event is free and open to everyone. Please register here. Once you register, you will receive notifications and invitations to future webinars, as well as all NERDS announcements.

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The last 10-15 years have seen great emergence of drug development efforts in the rare disease space. Contributing factors include increased public awareness, encouraging drug regulation changes, scientific advancement in cellular/molecular biology and genetics, development of innovative trial designs, large influx of capital investment, availability of scientific talent through decades of cultivation, etc.

As a result, a great number of regulators, academicians, and industry statisticians now work to bring these orphan drugs to patients, facing unique technical issues and challenges. However, at least in the US, there is no statistical conference dedicated to such unique issues and challenges. Given the large unmet need, the New England Statistical Society (NESS) proposes this unique conference so that statisticians across the entire rare disease drug development spectrum have a common “home” to exchange ideas and share experiences, and also to network.

NERDS Workshop aims to be a one-day workshop with detailed presentations and discussions. Speakers from industry, academia, and government are invited. Topics will cover technical issues, regulation interpretation, industry trends, and case studies of both success and failure stories.