Student Profile: James Beck

James Beck

University of Adelaide

Biography

James is studying a Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at the University of Adelaide, where he majors in both Statistics and Computer Science. He is interested in Statistics, with a focus on how it can be applied to medical research. He plans to begin his Masters degree in 2019 to further specialise in this field.

A statistical study to validate the ICON-S staging system for a South Australian cohort of patients with HPV-positive Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Oropharyngeal Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a type of cancer that affects the tissues of the throat. The cancer is typically caused by either the HPV virus, tobacco or alcohol. A new staging system was developed specifically for the HPV-positive cancer recognising its different characteristics. Using data from a South Australian cohort of patients with this type of cancer I will validate whether or not this new staging system is more effective at predicting survival than the old system. This will be done using various Survival Analysis techniques such as Kaplan–Meier curves and Cox Proportional Regression.

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