Statistics for Nutrition Research

4 September 2014

University of Westminster, London, UK

This one day Nutrition Society course will cover experimental design, sample size and power calculations; and more advanced techniques such as modelling outcomes, ANOVA model selection and linear regression, including mixed models.

Who is it for? 

This course is aimed at those who have a basic knowledge of statistical concepts but who are looking to improve and more effectively apply their knowledge to research. The objective is to cover important topics in statistics for nutrition research. Delegates will be able to gain a better understanding of the following:

  • Definition and use of statistical concepts
  • Differences between accuracy & precision
  • Basic concepts of modelling outcomes
  • The linear model when there are multiple explanatory variables (ANOVA, multiple comparisons and regression analysis)
  • Use of statistical software package SPSS
  • Sample size and power calculations including handling missing data
  • Planning a study & experiment
  • Effectively presenting and sharing data using reported methods
  • Clearly defining variables
  • Making informed decisions in the design and analysis of research


Who should attend?

PhD students, postdocs and researchers with prior knowledge of statistics and research methods e.g. at undergraduate level. This course will be beneficial to those seeking to improve their knowledge and understanding of statistics as applied to food and nutrition research. Delegates are required to have completed a statistics module as part of their degree course.

Previous delegate comments
"An excellent refresher to my stats knowledge"
"Excellent programme and teaching style"
"Good use of data and practical session"

To register

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Fees (inclusive of lunch, refreshments and Wi Fi) 

Members of the Nutrition Society: £350 (inc. VATt)
Non-members: £420 (inc. VAT)


The course will be presented by Dr Graham Horgan, Principal Consultant for Human Health & Nutrition, Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland, Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health at the University of Aberdeen. BioSS is an organisation which has carried out research, consultancy and training in mathematics and statistics applied to food and nutrition for 20 years.

Why is this course important?
Statistical analysis of data is an important part of nutritional research. If it is not done appropriately, there is a risk that information in the data is lost, or that conclusions are misleading. Course speaker, Dr Graham Horgan, explains the aspects of statistics where care is needed in this free to access paper, published in the British Journal of Nutrition

For further information, please contact the Training & Education Coordinator, Hajnal Zdravics.

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