"This book is a must-read for students, statisticians, principal investigators and researchers who wish to apply innovative and more ethical designs for Phase I/II clinical trials. Several statisticians have previously proposed designs for dose-finding studies modelling the dose-toxicity and the dose-efficacy relationships. However such methods have been published in highly specialized statistical/biostatistical journals that are not very accessible nor comprehensible for non-initiated readers. To the best of my knowledge, no book has yet solely focused on the design of Phase I/II clinical trials, despite the fact that these studies represent 33% of all conducted trials (source: ClinicalTrials.gov). This excellent book offers a well written and a step by step guide to planning, conducting and analyzing Phase I/II clinical trials."
—Sarah Zohar, The French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), Paris
"Yuan, Nguyen and Thall are statisticians on the forefront of both theoretical statistics and practical implementation of adaptive trial designs, and have combined their knowledge and experience here to provide an exceptional textbook… A highlight of the text is a chapter on choosing priors, where the authors demonstrate that prior calibration is critical. Casual choice of priors can be disastrous in these trials (which have small cohorts and often small sample sizes), and Yuan et al. provide examples to demonstrate how poorly chosen priors can ruin operating characteristics. Complex trial designs are explained in a clear and sensible manner, making the arguments very plainly obvious as to the benefits of these more modern designs. The authors have pioneered adaptive approaches for dose-finding combining toxicity and efficacy trade-offs and present these and other designs that jointly model toxicity and efficacy… The writing style is conversational in places, making this text more enjoyable to read than many other statistics textbooks, and readers will appreciate the chapters that address practical problems often ignored in theoretical clinical trial texts: late onset and cumulative (toxicity) outcomes, molecularly targeted agents, and missing data in adaptive designs. Interactive software with a user-friendly interface is available for many of the designs, with illustrations in the text which demonstrate the implementation."
—Elizabeth Garrett-Mayer, Professor of Biostatistics, Medical University of South Carolina
"This book covers almost every topic that you will need when designing Phase I, Phase II, and Phase I-II clinical trials. Each chapter is a treasure trove of wonderful new ideas, and contains examples - based on the authors' outstandingly broad experiences – that help the reader clearly understand the methodological aspects involved in clinical trials… This book is a "must-have" for every biostatistician involved in clinical trials."
—Satoshi Morita, Department of Biomedical Statistics and Bioinformatics, Kyoto University
Ying Yuan is a professor and co-chief of the Section of Adaptive Clinical Trials in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Statistics at Rice University. Dr. Yuan has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers in top statistical and medical journals. He is an associate editor of Biometrics and a board member of the International Chinese Statistical Association. He received his PhD in biostatistics from the University of Michigan. His research interests include Bayesian adaptive clinical trial design, statistical analysis of missing data, and Bayesian statistics.
Hoang Q. Nguyen is a senior computational scientist in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He received his PhD in computational and applied mathematics from Rice University. His research interests include Bayesian clinical trial design, computational algorithms, regression modeling, and Bayesian data analysis.
Peter F. Thall is the Anise J. Sorrell Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Statistics at Rice University. Dr. Thall is a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Society for Clinical Trials, an associate editor for Clinical Trials and Statistics in Biosciences, and an ASA Media Expert. He has published over 200 papers and book chapters in the statistical and medical literature. He received his PhD in statistics and probability from the Florida State University. His research interests include clinical trial design, dynamic treatment regimes, prior elicitation, Bayesian nonparametric statistics, and personalized medicine.