Mini-symposium in medical statistics

The RSS South West Local group held a mini-symposium in medical statistics today at the University of Plymouth.

The first speaker, Dr Gavin Koh, a tropical medicine physician and Global Health Clinical Development Director at GSK, offered an interactive seminar on discussing practical issues in medical statistics when designing a clinical trial.

The second speaker was Samuel Mahoney, a former student of BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Plymouth and is now a SAS programmer at Covance. Samuel talked about his enthusiasm about medical statistics and his recent paper on the association between dietary intake and BMI in early years.

This event was organized by Dr. Yinghui Wei, the secretary of the local group.


Grant award from STFC

Dr. Vincent Drach has been awarded by STFC New Applicant scheme worth £5075.
The title of the project is :
“Signatures of strongly interacting dynamics”
The project aims at providing predictions for observables relevant to the search of New Physics in the context of Composite Dark Matter and Composite Higgs scenario which are looked for by large experiments such that the one of CERN.
The grant will cover research trips until September 2020.

Workshop on dark matter

Workshop ‘ Interdisciplinary approach to QCD-like composite dark matter’, ECT*, Trento, Italy

Vincent Drach was invited to an interdisciplinary workshop on composite dark matter held on 01/09/2018 to the 05/09/2018 in Trento, Italy.

Quote from the website : “ 
Understanding the nature of Dark Matter (DM) is one of the key scientific questions in Particle Physics. Among the different scenarios for DM, one that is particularly interesting and relatively unexplored is the conjecture that DM particles are composite states of a new strongly coupled gauge sector like QCD. This origin could explain the stability of DM, the stringent constraints on its interactions with nuclei, and galactic structure anomalies potentially related to large DM self-interactions. In addition, composite DM candidates appear naturally in models of new physics motivated by the gauge hierarchy problem. A successful understanding of this paradigm requires insight from nuclear physics, strongly coupled quantum field theory, model building, cosmology and astrophysics.

The goal of this workshop is to promote progress in composite DM research through an interdisciplinary approach that brings together experts from these different fields to exchange knowledge and plan future joint efforts.”

Dr. Drach talk was about presenting recent prediction that can be used by experiments at CERN to constraint New Physics beyond the Standard Model.