CNODES Training Newsletter
June 2018

CNODES Semi-Annual Meeting in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The CNODES Semi-Annual Meeting took place May 15-16, 2018 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Here are a few highlights of the meeting:
  • Steering Committee members Dr. Colin Dormuth and Dr. Robert Platt co-presented the interactive methods session “Applied Meta-Analysis," introducing the theory and practice of random effect and fixed effect meta-analysis and the implications of both. A recording of the session will soon be available on the CNODES website.*
  • CNODES Training Team coordinator Dana Stanley presented the Training Team's plans and preliminary work on a proposal to implement a CNODES Analyst Training Resource. If you are interested in learning more or if you would like to provide input into the proposal development, please email
  • CNODES team members wore jeans and donated funds on May 15th as part of National Denim Day, a fundraiser for the CURE Foundation which supports those affected by breast cancer.
* Note: Dr. Dormuth presented an abbreviated version of the session as part of the DSECT/DSEN Monthly Seminar Series on May 24, 2018. A recording of the webinar will soon be available on the DSECT/DSEN website.
Sara Johnson, Centre de recherche du CHUM, Montreal  

Sara Johnson, MSc, joined CNODES in August 2016 as an analyst at the Centre de recherche du CHUM in Montreal. Sara presented a poster at the 2018 ISPE Mid-Year Meeting in April and offered to share her research, experiences, and a bit about herself for the newsletter and website.

"I presented the poster, 'Impact of accounting for hospitalizations during follow-up on measures of medication adherence and persistence in prescription drug databases.'

"One of the challenges of doing drug utilization studies with administrative health data, is when you are only looking at the dispensation of medications, anytime someone goes to hospital, it looks like they are not taking their medications. So when we try to measure medication adherence or persistence, we might end up falsely concluding that someone is not adherent, when in reality they are receiving care in hospital... People were a lot more interested in the poster and the project than I had expected. A lot of people came up to me at the conference and said that when they try to submit papers, the issue of hospitalization data comes up. Reviewers ask, “Why didn’t you look at the time people spent in hospital?” At the conference people were actually quite excited about the idea of having a study that they could possibly cite to support not accounting for hospitalizations, especially for those who don’t actually have access to hospitalization data. It is a more common problem than I had thought initially."

Read the full interview on the NEW Trainee Profile page of the CNODES website

ISPE's 11th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology
Abstracts are still being accepted for ACPE11 -- the 11th Asian Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology to be held in Xi'an, China October 27-29, 2018.

Deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2018
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The 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on September 16-18, 2018. The conference theme is "Cochrane for all - better evidence for better health decisions" and is co-designed and co-presented with patients and other healthcare consumers. The conference is a 'Patients Included' event.

Deadline for Early Bird Registration: June 15, 2018
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BC Support Unit
The BC SUPPORT Unit annual conference “Putting Patients First: Lessons Learned for Patient-Oriented Research” will be held on October 4, 2018 in Vancouver, BC. Academics, clinicians, decision makers, and patients, their families and caregivers, are invited to share their patient-oriented research (POR) experiences at the conference.

Deadline for abstracts: June 17, 2018.
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Webinar | Technology-Enabled Knowledge Translation for Digital Health
Dr. Kendall Ho, Emergency Medical Specialist at Vancouver General Hospital and  Professor at University of British Columbia will present this webinar on the principles and practice of using digital devices and tools for knowledge translation of health research.

The live webinar takes place at 12 to 1 pm (PDT) June 29, 2018.

Register for the webinar

Registrants of the 2018 International Population Data Network Linkage Conference in Banff, Alberta, September 12-14, 2018 are invited to submit an abstract for the "Science Slam" taking place on the opening night of the conference. The "Slam" gives participants five minutes to present their research in an entertaining and engaging way (e.g, stand-up comedy, live music, storytelling, live experiments). Register for the conference.

Deadline for "Science Slam" abstracts: June 30, 2018
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CAPT 2018 Annual Conference
"Taking Action on Real World Evidence (RWE): From Analysis to Impact" is the theme of the Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics 2018 Annual Conference, taking place October 22-23, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

Travel Bursaries are available for students and patients attending CAPT 2018.

Online Registration opens: July 1, 2018
Early bird deadline: September 15, 2018
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2018 Annual Meeting of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE)
The theme for the 2018 ACE Annual Meeting is "Applying Epidemiology Across the Lifespan to Improve Health Care, Inform Health Policy and Enhance Population Health." The meeting will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 23-25, 2018.

Deadline for “late-breaker” abstracts: August 1, 2018
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34th ICPE - August 22-26, 2018
The 34th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management will take place August 22-26, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic. Details about the agenda and registration information is available on the conference website.
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The Government of Canada’s Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to postdoctoral fellows valued at $70,000 per year for two years. Applications must emphasize research collaboration between the applicant and the post-secondary institution where they are based.

Deadline for applications: September 19, 2018
Looking for possible sources of research funding? The US magazine Science has compiled and posted a list of "Where to search for funding" on its website along with articles that provide practical tips and tools in the search for research funding.
Webinar | Your social media and online presence as an epidemiologist
View this recorded webinar by the SERexperts about how to improve your social media and online skills to better promote yourself and your work as a epidemiologist. This is one of many educational videos available on the SER website.
View the webinar recording
Blog | Gender Equity in Health Research Funding
Dr. Zena Sharman, Director of Strategy at the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) writes about gender equity in health research funding in the MSFHR Forward Thinking blog (May 2018).

"Gender equity in health research funding: What do we know, what do we wish we knew, and where do we go from here?"
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Webinar | Careers in Epidemiology & Biostatistics - Preparing for the Job Market
Dr. Thy Dinh, past-President of the Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB) and Dr. Mark Oremus, President of the CSEB share their ideas on career opportunities in epidemiology and biostatistics in Canada -- providing suggestions about getting into graduate school, acquiring relevant job skills while in school, and looking for a job after graduation. The live webinar has passed, but the recording is available online.
More information on the CSEB website
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Webinar | Developing flexible, iterative, and transparent decision models
Devin Incerti, PhD, Health Economist at the Innovation and Value Initiative in Los Angeles, California presents this webinar on decision models as part of the ISPOR Student Educational Webinars series. The live webinar took place April 18, 2018.
View the webinar recording

Blog | Starter tips on sharing data and analysis scripts
London School of Economics Impact Blog graduate student Katherine Wood shares tips on data sharing in her "open data starter guide" for researchers and trainees. The aim of open data is to support more transparency, accessibility, and reproducibility of research data.

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