CNODES Training Newsletter
December 2018

Wishing you and yours a joyful and peaceful holiday season, and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Olawale Ayilara, University of Manitoba

Olawale Ayilara is a 2nd-year PhD student at the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is also enrolled in the Visual and Automated Disease Analytics (VADA) graduate training program -- a joint initiative of the Universities of Manitoba and Victoria.

During the summer of 2018, Olawale did a four-week internship with CNODES, working with Dr. Robert Platt in Montreal. The research team also included Dr. Dan Chateau from Manitoba and Matt Dahl, an analyst at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP).

Olawale kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his internship with CNODES and his experience as a student in the VADA Program.

"My passion is to do research that has clinical and real-world relevance. Currently, I’m still developing methods, but I’m applying methodology where it’s most needed... I am excited by this. It’s my medium for reaching out to the world."

Read the full interview which will be posted soon on the Trainee Profiles page.

If you are a CNODES trainee and would like to see your research profiled here, please email us at
CNODES Analyst Training Program

Highly qualified database analysts are key to the success of CNODES query projects. In order to ensure that CNODES database analysts are well-prepared and well-supported in their work, the CNODES Training Team is currently developing an online training program for CNODES analysts. Currently, each site spends many hours training new and existing analysts. This project provides an opportunity to capture the incredible expertise available across CNODES sites and consolidate training practices into a central resource. By developing a cohesive training program, all analysts across the network will have access to the same high quality, on-demand training resources. Once complete, this resource will be available to trainees outside of CNODES as well. 

For more information or if you are interested in participating in the development of this project, e-mail 
Presentations | CNODES online lectures

Remember to periodically check the CNODES website for resources and opportunities related to pharmacoepidemiology training, including a diverse selection of CNODES Online Lectures. These include presentations from CNODES Semi-annual Meetings and provide practical training on concepts and methods. All lectures are accessible to the public.
Presentation | Immortal time bias

Dr. Robert Platt, CNODES Executive Co-lead and Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University, presents a 20-minute online talk on the topic of immortal time bias in observational pharmacoepidemiology. The presentation is available in the SER LibraryWatch the recorded presentation
Workshop | SER student dissertation workshop

Eligible doctoral students in epidemiology, or related doctoral programs whose thesis involves an epidemiologic study, may apply to attend the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) Student Dissertation Workshop. This one-day in-depth workshop provides students with an opportunity to have their thesis work reviewed, critiqued, and discussed in a supportive and constructive atmosphere. June 17–18, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Application deadline is Feb 2, 2019. Apply to attend the workshop
Course | DSECT Program

The Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program is designed to offer focused training in the development and application of drug safety and effectiveness research across scientific disciplines. Applications are welcome from full-time graduate (Masters and PhD) students, Post-doctoral fellows, and Clinical fellows registered at Canadian universities who have an interest in drug safety and effectiveness research. Students may be from a wide range of scientific disciplines including clinical therapeutics, population health, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and health policy. Stipend support is available to a limited number of qualified applicants. Application deadline is January 16, 2019. Learn more
Course | Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

This introductory course on systematic reviews and meta-analysis is offered through Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the Knowledge Translation Program of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, ON. The course is taught by Dr. Sharon Straus (MD), and Dr. Andrea Tricco (PhD). Trainees affiliated with the SPOR Evidence Alliance may attend free of charge; otherwise there is a course fee of $1,800. The 3-month course is completely online and will take place January - April 2019. For more information, see the brochure or visit the course website.
Webinar | Who should be in the denominator?

The Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) will present the live webinar: “Who should be in the denominator: extension of the fetuses at risk approach to postnatal outcomes” on January 30, 2019 from 12:00 – 1:00pm EST.

Dr. Olga Basso, Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, & Occupational Health at McGill University, and Dr. K.S. Joseph, Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the School of Population and Public Health, UBC will discuss opposing perspectives on the question: Do live births constitute the denominator for estimating postnatal outcome rates or are (unborn) fetuses the appropriate denominator for pregnancy-related postnatal outcomes? Register for the webinar
IHSPR Article of the Year Award
The Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Article of the Year Award ($12,000) recognizes research published in a peer-reviewed journal that has "significantly contributed to the advancement of the field of health services and policy research in Canada."  Application deadline: Feb 21, 2019.

IHSPR Rising Star Award
The Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) Rising Star Award supports graduate students and post-doctoral fellows (early career researchers) for knowledge translation initiatives. The award is up to $2,500 to present at a scientific meeting or training program and/or up to $1,500 for travel to attend the annual Canadian Association of Health Services and Policy Research (CAHSPR) conference. Application deadline: Feb 21, 2019.

For more information, see the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database
Mitacs Research Awards

Mitacs Elevate Fellowship provides matching funding for research collaboration with partners in Canada and abroad for up to two years. The award includes a research management training program and a research fellowship. Spring application deadline: Feb 6, 2019.

Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship supports research collaborations between researchers and non-academic partners in Canada and abroad, providing  matching funds for projects starting at $15,000 for each 4-month internship. Apply any time.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award for for senior undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in Canada to conduct research at a university abroad. Students get $6,000 in travel and living expenses. Apply any time.

Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship is a 12-month policy position within a Canadian government office. Application deadline: Feb 3, 2019. 

For more information on these opportunities, visit the Mitacs website.
Research Trainee competition - MSFHR
2019 Research Trainee competition offered by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) in British Columbia is now open for applications from trainees. Applicants must have a supervisor based at a university in BC. This Research Trainee award supports early-career health researchers to "enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape."  Letter of intent deadline: January 11, 2019. Application deadline: February 19, 2019. Learn more
Discussion forum | datamethods

datamethods is an online forum for statisticians, epidemiologists, and other research methodologists to discuss questions and issues related to data. The forum was initiated by Dr. Frank Harrell, Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville Tennessee and is supported by Vanderbilt University. Read more about the development of the forum in Dr. Harrell's blog Statistical Thinking and see the Terms of Service for information about using and posting to the forum. Visit datamethods forum
Blog | Disseminating your research beyond academia... developing the courage to use your voice

Check out the recent Impact Blog from the London School of Economics "Disseminating your research does carry risks and can leave you vulnerable, but it is vital to developing the courage to use your voice." Marte C.W. Solheim shares her experiences as a post-doctoral researcher in Norway to encourage early-career researchers to take the initiative to share their research beyond academia -- despite how daunting it may seem.
Webinar | Your social media & online presence as an epidemiologist

SER-Student Post-doc Committee (SPC) presents the Career Development Webinar "Your Social Media & Online Presence as an Epidemiologist." The one-hour webinar presents tips on "tweeting" your conclusions, and staying on message using a range of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, to share your epidemiological research. The webinar is available in the SER Library where you will find many other useful and engaging online resources related to epidemiologic research. Watch the recorded webinar

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