The 6th Annual New England Rare Disease Statistics (Nerds) Workshop 2023

The New England Statistical Society (NESS), alongside the 2023 New England Rare Disease Statistics (NERDS) Organizing Committee, is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a fully in-person two-day workshop (Oct 12-13, 2023) at Hilton Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ in New York Metropolitan Area.

This year’s workshop theme is: Accelerating Rare Disease Drug Development through Novel Endpoint, RWE and Innovation. The workshop will consist of talks and presentations by invited keynote speakers, as well as academic, research institution and pharma/biotech company statistical experts in rare disease drug development. The topics include novel endpoints, RWE (external control), and innovation from trial design, analysis, new technology (AI, machine learning) and more. The workshop would also be a great venue for networking in person.

Please check out the workshop website If you have any questions, please contact program co-chairs Kun Chen ( and Richard Zhang (, or NESS Secretary Jianan Hui (

Here are the key dates:

  • June 30th, 2023 Conference registration opens
  • August 14th, 2023 Early registration ends
  • October 2nd, 2023 Registration closes

Please help to spread the words, and we look forward to your participation!