The Applied Biostatistics Association

TABA is an informal association of applied biostatisticians and pharmaceutical researchers that has been organizing seminars in the Toronto area for over 25 years (formerly known as the Toronto Area Biostatistics Association). TABA’s goal is to provide an opportunity for professional development, as well as a venue where practicing statisticians can meet, share ideas, and learn from one another. We also welcome students.

Seminars are usually held in the early evening (6 pm) and each seminar is followed by an informal meal which provides an opportunity for networking. The seminars are free, the meal costs a nominal amount. See here for a list of seminars.

  • Join TABA simply by sending an email to asking to receive email notices of upcoming talks. Be sure to provide your name and email address. There is no membership fee.
  • Suggest a seminar topic and/or speaker: all members are encouraged to make suggestions for seminar topics or speakers by sending an email to or speaking to one of the members of the executive.

Current TABA executive
Ruth Croxford
Lorinda Simms
Marguerite Ennis
Angelo Canty
Veronika Moravan

Sponsors TABA seminars are made possible thanks in part to generous donations from:

  • McDougall Scientific

We’d love to see your company name here as a sponsor. Please contact Lorinda Simms or Ruth Croxford at


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  1. I have an immediate opportunity in Toronto for a Part-time biostatistician (approx 20 hours/wk). If you can put me in touch with anyone who migt be interested, please advise.

    Here are some details:

    Job function:
    As part of a clinical development team, collaborates in the preparation and review of protocol writing, CRF design and monitoring of ongoing clinical trials.

    Provide technical and strategic support into clinical development plans
    For assigned clinical development project(s), provides statistically sound clinical trials design, including clinical pharmacology trials and data analysis input to meet project objectives.
    Supports teams in the development and review of regulatory submissions such as clinical protocols, INDs and pre-meeting packages.
    Represents the Biometrics group on Development Sub-Teams, and plans and coordinates Biometrics activities to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned projects.
    Develops statistical analysis plans, prepares data displays and as necessary develops statistical programs to perform exploratory and sensitivity analyses.
    Authors the clinical study report.
    Participates in department and cross-functional initiatives aimed at optimizing drug development process


    Ph.D. in statistics/biostatistics with at least 2 years of clinical trials experience/ A Master’s Degree in statistics/biostatistics with at least 5 years of clinical trials experience.
    Experience with statistical software packages such as R/S-Plus and SAS.
    Sound knowledge of theoretical and applied statistics.
    Sound understanding of regulatory guidelines in a pharmaceutical research setting.
    Effective communication skills.
    Effective team contributor.

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