The Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) hosted the “Lunch & Learn” event in the multipurpose room at the new Robert H.N. Ho Research Centre on November 30, 2011. CHHM Lunch & Learns are designed to provide training in leading edge technologies, create a forum for discussion and encourage learning across disciplines to promote strong research collaboration.
Statistics play a big part in research and knowing how to use Stata, the general-purpose statistical software package is a beneficial lesson for researchers, research staff and trainees. Stata is used by academic institutions around the world. Most of its users work in research, especially in the fields of economics, sociology, political science, biomedicine and epidemiology. Stata's capabilities include data management, statistical analysis, graphics, simulations, and custom programming.
Lindsay Nettlefold, a post-doctoral fellow at CHHM, uses Stata throughout her research and has an impressive base of knowledge which she shared with her fellow trainees. Her demonstration and presentation focused on data management, the exploration of data, an intro to the interface and basic syntax to explore cross sectional and longitudinal data.
“I found Stata a bit intimidating at first but after working with it for a while now I would never ever go back to another statistical software package!” said Lindsay. Lindsay’s research focuses on physical activity and sedentary time in children. Her PhD explored the relationship of physical activity and sedentary time with cardiovascular health and evaluated the effect of a school-based physical activity intervention (Action Schools! BC) on cardiovascular fitness.
Dr. Penny Brasher, Senior Scientist and Biostatistician at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation joined the discussion and Q&A period to offer her expertise as an experienced Stata user. Dr. Brasher has given mentored training on statistics to many researchers, trainees and staff at CHHM, as well as, to the larger Vancouver Coastal Health community. Dr. Brasher is the Statistical Editor for the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia and has served on several grant review committees and ethics boards. Her research interests include clinical research methodology, secondary use of administrative data and statistical education.
The event was a great success. Thanks to all who attended the Lunch & Learn session and we encourage participants and CHHM members to provide their feedback. More CHHM Lunch & Learn sessions will be scheduled for the New Year with topics based on suggestions from the CHHM membership.