Training Team Overview


The CNODES Training Team works with the Methods Team to build capacity for conducting rigorous population-based observational drug effect studies in Canada. The Training Team organizes training activities for graduate students, analysts, investigators, decision makers, and anyone else involved with CNODES studies. This website provides a collection of resources for anyone interested in learning more about observational drug effect studies.


To foster the training of highly-skilled research teams to provide evidence for safe and effective use of medicines for all Canadians.


The purpose of the Training Team is to build capacity in Canada for conducting rigorous population-based observational drug effect studies. We organize training activities that focus on design and analysis of observational studies using large administrative health care databases.

CNODES brings together experts in epidemiology, statistics, and data analysis, as well as pharmacists and physicians. Our investigators employ powerful and often cutting edge analytical models to conduct studies. Specific expertise and knowledge of complex tasks are required of CNODES analysts and those entering into this field of research; the Training Team encourages and facilitates exchange between Team leaders and analysts for the transfer and sharing of expertise among all members of the Network.

We believe this research is extremely important to the health and well-being of all citizens. We have chosen to make our materials open for others to use in order to build capacity for and understanding of this research everywhere, not just within CNODES.


The Training Team takes a multifaceted approach to training. Strategies include the use of modern interactive multimedia; hosting seminars, lectures, and workshops; providing financial support for trainees to attend relevant courses; and providing rich hands-on learning environments for everyone involved with a CNODES study.

The Training Team currently engages in these main activities:

  • Providing financial support for trainees to attend relevant courses, workshops, and conferences.
  • Hosting seminars, tutorials, and workshops on advanced pharmaco-epidemiology topics, taught by members of the CNODES network and by guest experts.
  • Developing and maintaining the Training Team website, which serves as a hub for knowledge exchange and discussion among researchers and analysts.
  • Developing and/or sourcing relevant educational modules.

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