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I am giving a talk at AAPS this year on Effective Communication for
Modelers. I think I will rename it to "How to be a Model
Communicator" (pun intended). If you have any tricks or things that
you have found especially helpful in presenting your modeling results
to non-modelers could you please pass them along to me.
Peter L. Bonate, PhD
ILEX Oncology, Inc
4545 Horizon Hill Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78229
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Presenting modeling results require first communication of the
modeling aspects of the work that was performed.
What I found very useful in presenting modeling aspects to non
modelers is the emphasize on intuition. Non modelers see
mathematical equations and are lost after 5 minutes. I believe that
Population PK/PD modeling(including the modeling results) can be
explained using a lot of examples and logic which almost do not
require mathematical development. I believe also that few modelers
took the time to translate their mathematical equations in words and
the result is that few people can understand the link between the
theory and practice. In addition, since the current Population PK/PD
software are not easy to use and lack of stability, beginning PK/PD
scientists have really hard time to use them efficiently.
In summary, a better way to explain the theoretical aspects(e.g. what
is nonlinear mixed effect, what is the effect of a covariate, what is
a confounding factor, why are we maximize an objective function,
etc...) will help the non modelers to understand the modeling results.
Serge Guzy, PhD
Head of Pharmacometrics
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