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Fisher/Shafer NONMEM (Version 6) Course Availability: Ghent 2007

From: Steven Shafer <steven.shafer>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 21:11:21 -0800

Fisher/Shafer NONMEM 6 Course Availability - Ghent, Belgium

Dates: Wednesday, March 7, 2007 through Sunday, March 11, 2007

Course Organizers:
Dennis Fisher, MD, The "P <" Company
Steve Shafer, MD, Stanford University

Web Site:

There are still seats available for the fourth Fisher/Shafer NONMEM 6
Workshop will be held Wednesday, March 7, 2007 through Sunday, March 11,
2007 at Het Pand in Ghent, Belgium.

The Fisher/Shafer NONMEM Workshop covers NONMEM (version 6), data =
model building, and model diagnostics. The workshop includes an =
set of example problems ranging from simple didactic examples to =
basic concepts to complex examples from the instructor's own experience.
Registrants are provided with an comprehensive set of graphical tools
programmed in the R and S-plus statistical languages to create =
diagnostic and analysis plots. Registrants are given Windows and UNIX
scripts to organize NONMEM analyses and provide audit trails.

The distinguishing characteristic of this workshop is that each =
brings his or her laptop computer. A copy of NONMEM, the GNU Fortran
Compiler, the Windows and UNIX scripts, the full set of examples, and R =
all provided to the users on a USB drive (flash drive) on Thursday =
(Wednesday afternoon for those in the Introduction to NONMEM workshop - =
below). The entire course is run from the USB drive, leaving no =
footprint on
the registrant's computer. NONMEM is removed at the end of the course, =
the other software is in the public domain and may be kept after the =
The registrant follows along with the instructors, testing examples on =
or her laptop as the instructor works through the concepts.

The workshop runs from Thursday morning until Sunday noon. Each day =
6 hours of instruction, ending at 2 pm. From 2 pm until 4 pm, =
work on either the example problems, or on a data set of the =
choosing (frequently a difficult problem from work).

The course is intended for individuals at the intermediate level. Those
without substantial NONMEM experience are urged to sign up for the
beginner's workshop described below. This should be adequate preparation =
allow the novice to follow the main workshop.

Because NONMEM is such a flexible tool, experienced NONMEM users have =
the NONMEM Workshop valuable. In part, this is because the course
instructors bring their unique perspectives to the application of NONMEM =
data analysis. It is also because of the breadth of examples provided.
Experienced users will find the introduction on Wednesday afternoon too
basic, but they may find the R workshop or the Excel workshop on =
morning to be useful.

This course will be based on NONMEM 6, the recently released version of
NONMEM from Globomax.

Wednesday Half-Day Courses

Programming in R
Wednesday, 8 am - noon
This course, given Wednesday morning, covers the R statistical =
language. Within the regular workshop, all participants will be =
to the use of R to create diagnostic graphics for NONMEM. However, =
time will be devoted to understanding the code used in these graphics. =
those interested in a more extensive introduction to the use of R (and
S-Plus), a remarkable tool for data management, graphics, and =
this session will focus on the use of R to read data, assemble a NONMEM
dataset, perform basic (and complicated statistics), and generate =

Introduction to NONMEM
Wednesday 1 pm - 5 pm
For those with no prior experience with NONMEM, we will provide a =
session on the Wednesday afternoon before the course to prepare you for =
Intermediate course described above. Registrants will be taught the =
basic of
NONMEM – the structure of a control stream and data file and the basic
mechanics of running NONMEM

The course description, schedule, and applications can be found at


Steve Shafer
Steven L. Shafer, MD
Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University
Adjunct Professor, Biopharmaceutical Sciences, UCSF
Editor-in-Chief, Anesthesia & Analgesia
Office: 650 725-5866 FAX: 650 969-3315
Cell: 650 704-0558 Pager: 650 723-8222, pager 13477
Department of Anesthesia
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA 94305

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