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April 2020 Update
We hope this newsletter finds you well and adjusting to our strange new reality. Given the cancellation of spring and early summer educational events and conferences, below is a round-up of webinars and other online training opportunities that might meet your learning needs. 

We will continue to offer these monthly collections of web-based resources while in-person events remain cancelled. If you know of upcoming events or resources, please let us know by emailing
Upcoming Webinars

Webinar Series: Advanced Methods for the Analysis of Population-wide Administrative Health Data

Date: Starts April 15, 2020

This free webinar series is offered by Population Data BC in partnership with ICES. It will highlight the value of population-wide administrative data and related advanced analytic methods for health research. Registration is capped at 100 participants; if the session is full you can register to receive access to the session recordings.  
  • Wednesday, April 15 - Measurement in Administrative Health Data: Case Definitions, Algorithms, and Validation Studies by Taylor McLinden
  • Thursday, May 14 - Introduction to Causal Inference: Propensity Score Analysis in Healthcare Data by M. Ehsan Karim
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Methods for Modelling Non-Linear Relationships by Ruth Croxton
Register for the webinar

SERious Epi Journal Club

Date: April 17, 2020 | 1:00 pm ET

Hosts Hailey Banack and Matt Fox will lead a discussion on emulating target trials in observational data based on the paper, "Specifying a target trial prevents immortal time bias and other self-inflicted injuries in observational analyses" by Miguel A. Hernán, Brian C. Sauer, Sonia Hernández-Díaz, Robert Platt, and Ian Shrier.

Read the paper 
Join the journal club

Webinar: Discussion on the Future of Epidemiologic Methods

Date: April 23, 2020 | 3:30 - 4:45 pm ET

The Department of Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health is hosting an online discussion about the future of epidemiologic methods. Speakers include: 
  • Jessie K Edwards
  • Robert W Platt
  • Whitney R Robinson
  • Enrique F Schisterman 
Zoom Mtg ID: 882-176-259

See Twitter posting

Webinar: Rapid Reviews - What Do We Know? 

Date: April 29, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm PT

Dr. Adrienne Stevens, PhD, is Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group and is based within the Knowledge Synthesis Group at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. In this presentation Dr. Stevens will provide an overview of what rapid reviews are and methodological research on rapid reviews with a focus on newer investigations conducted by convenors of the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group.

Register for the webinar

Webinar: Grant writing for early career epidemiologists, part III: Funding opportunities from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Date: May 13, 2020

The last in a three-part series on grant writing for trainees, this session will highlight some non-traditional funding opportunities. Foundational grants are among the lesser known alternatives to those offered by governmental agencies, and are available to researchers at various career stages and often to non-U.S. citizens. During presentations of their projects as well as attendee Q and A, a panel of interdisciplinary researchers will be able to speak to the unique considerations involved in obtaining funding from private agencies.

Use the link below to access recordings of previous webinars in this series.

Register for the webinar
Online Courses & Programs

Free Online Resource Library

In the wake of recent changes, courses, course content, e-journal clubs, and other material and events are becoming more readily share-able and available to everyone, regardless of geographic location. SER would like to serve as a resource page for students, faculty and practitioners to share and access FREE educational content, both live lectures and recorded or printed material.

Check back regularly to find new materials and to share resources that you hear of.

Visit resource library

Online Classes in Epidemiology

In addition to their existing self-paced online courses that are available during the month of June, Episummer@columbia converted 17 of their in-person summer classes to a live-stream format via Zoom. For those who prefer the structure of an in-person course, these classes will be full- or multi-day webinars that simulate the classroom experience.  
  • Applied Regression
  • Presentation and Visualization of Epidemiological Data
  • Epidemiological Analysis Using R
  • Meta-Analysis of Observational Data
  • Applied Poisson Regression, Applied Survival Analysis, and Advanced Topics in Logistic Regression
Visit the episummer@columbia website

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

This three-week online course offered by Utrecht University will cover key issues in pharmacoepidemiologic and drug safety research. Topics include cohort and case-control study designs, adjustment for confounding, risk detection and management, molecular pharmacoepidemiology and public health.  

Visit the website

Graduate Diploma in Clinical Epidemiology

A completely online program on the foundational tenets of clinical epidemiology, consisting of four part-time full-term courses. A unique option in Canada, this program offers maximum flexibility for working professionals, students or post-graduate trainees already enrolled in another program, from anywhere in the world.

Visit the program website

Call for Manuscripts: Public Involvement and Engagement

Submission deadline: May 31, 2020

The International Journal of Population Data Science is inviting manuscript submissions for a special issue on Public Involvement & Engagement. The call covers two main types of manuscript:
  • The overarching approach your organisation takes to Public Involvement & Engagement, such as how members of the public are included in your formal structures and your Public Involvement & Engagement policy, strategy and programme of activities with examples of challenges and successes.
  • Particular research studies that have centred on Public Involvement & Engagement, including the methods you used in working with the public, the nature of the involvement/engagement and the ways in which their views have been taken forward. Importantly, the results of such studies must focus on the findings of the work with the public.

All manuscripts must be centred on Population Data Science, as per the scope of IJPDS. The word limit is 4,000 with the option to include up to 4 tables/figures in total. If possible, you could include public representation on your author list.

Visit the website

BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (Vancouver)

The BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (Vancouver) is hiring for two positions in the area of administrative health data. 

Epidemiologist, Administrative Data
Reporting to the Director, Epidemiology and Population Health (E&PH) Program, the Epidemiologist, Administrative Data will support research activities related to linked administrative health data (e.g., outpatient physician billings, hospitalizations, vital statistics, and prescription drug data). With the guidance of the Scientific and Quality Assurance Officer, this individual will investigate and document the complexities of these datasets to create educational/training materials that will be used across the centre. 

Specifically, with the goal of building internal capacity and improving the quality of research outputs, the compilation of information related to the structure and quality of administrative data (into manuals and accessible presentations) will be the main responsibility of the Epidemiologist, Administrative Data. As the BC-CfE expands its use of these data, this individual will transition to supporting research teams across the E&PH Program in the design of specific HIV- and hepatitis C virus-related studies.
Full posting: 
Research Coordinator, Administrative Data 
Reporting to the Director, Epidemiology and Population Health Program, the Research Coordinator, Administrative Data will coordinate the ‘Seek and Treat for Optimal Prevention of HIV/AIDS®’ (STOP HIV/AIDS®) Study: This study includes linkages of HIV treatment data, public health HIV surveillance data, and several provincial administrative data holdings: e.g., outpatient physician billings, hospitalizations, vital statistics, and prescription drug data.
With the guidance of the Scientific and Quality Assurance Officer, the Research Coordinator, Administrative Data will oversee data sharing, ethics, and privacy agreements, facilitate updated data linkages, and ensure consistent and proper use of the datasets within the STOP HIV/AIDS® Study. Given that this study relies on secondary data (i.e., data that were not collected for research purposes), this individual will focus on technical investigations into the structure and quality of the data. Furthermore, as the BC-CfE expands its use of administrative data for research, this individual will support in the creation of educational/training materials that will be used across the centre.
Full posting: 

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