The Vanderbilt Department of Biostatistics offers many opportunities for continued education and professional development for department members, as well as community members.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has launched the Discovery Lecture Series featuring the world's most eminent scientists, who speak on the highest-impact research and policy issues in science and medicine today. Previous distinguished speakers are members of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), National Academy of Medicine (NAM), National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and Nobel Prize Winners or individuals who hold leadership roles in a prestigious organization of high relevance to the biomedical research enterprise. 

In light of COVID-19, the Discovery Lecture Series will be shifting from an in-person lecture series to a virtual lecture series, meaning speakers will not be invited to travel to Vanderbilt, but will rather give their lecture via webinar. This will allow us to continue to share the expertise and insights from prestigious biomedical scientists while supporting the health and safety of all persons.

Dave DeMets


David L. DeMets, Ph.D.

Max Halperin Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

"The Impact of the Randomized Clinical Trial on Medical Care including the Covid-19 Era"

Date:  Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time:  4:00PM - 5:00PM


The Department of Biostatistics hosts weekly seminars and workshops for persons interested in applied statistics, statistical theory, epidemiology, health services research, clinical trials methodology, statistical computing, statistical graphics, and R.  Speakers vary from Department faculty to VU/VUMC faculty to external faculty.

Date:  Weekly on Wednesdays during Fall and Spring semesters

Time:  1:30PM - 2:30PM

Location:  Zoom until further notice (Normally held in MRB III, Room 1220) 

For more details, please visit the Department of Biostatistics Weekly Seminar Series homepage.

Biostatistics Clinics are a free service staffed by the Department of Biostatistics and open to all members of the Vanderbilt and Meharry communities who have methodologic questions about their research projects or about published articles.

Date:  Monday thru Friday

Time:  12:00PM-1:15PM

Location:  Location varies (see link below for location)

For more details and to sign up for a clinic, please go to the Biostatistics Clinics homepage.

The Statistical Computing Series is a monthly event for learning various aspects of modern statistical computing from practitioners in the Department of Biostatistics. We focus on topics related to the R language, Python, and related tools, but we include the broadest possible range of content related to effective statistical computation. The format varies, depending on the speaker and the topic, from lectures to demonstrations to hands-on workshops.

Date:  4th Friday of each month

Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Location:  Dept of  Biostatistics Conference Room 
                 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Room 11105

For more details, please visit the Statistical Computing Series homepage.



The Continuing Education Seminar Series is a monthly event designed to facilitate the continuing education of staff biostatisticians on theoretical knowledge and technical skills. General topics include statistical methods, programming, collaboration, and statistical writing and all Department members are welcome.

Date:  Third Friday of each month 

Time:  12:15PM - 1:15PM

Location:  Department of  Biostatistics Conference Room 
                 2525 West End Avenue, Suite 1100, Room 11105

For more details, please visit the Continuing Education Seminar Series homepage.