CNODES Training Newsletter
March, 2018

CNODES-DSEN Health Canada Professional Development Series
The Drug Safety and Effectiveness Network Coordinating Office and the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (CNODES) are pleased to present a series of courses in pharmacoepidemiology open to interested Health Canada and DSEN employees. Courses will be taught by senior CNODES scientists and researchers from across Canada and will help employees understand the basics of pharmacoepidemiology.

This lecture series will be held in-person for DSEN and Health Canada employees on Mondays from January 22 to May 28, 2018 at Health Canada's Banting Theatre in Ottawa. For more information or to sign up, contact: 

For those outside of DSEN and Health Canada, we will be recording this lecture series and making it available online later this year. Stay tuned! 
Deepen your knowledge and make new connections at ISPE's upcoming Mid-Year Meeting in Toronto, Ontario. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and trainees, with pre-conference courses in pharmacoepidemiology and self-controlled crossover observational pharmacoepidemiology, followed by informative sessions and student presentations. 

The agenda is now up on the ISPE website and advance registration rates are available until March 15, 2018.
Women in Data Science Conference 
The Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and support women in the field. This annual one-day technical conference provides an opportunity to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains. All genders are invited to participate in the conference, which features exclusively female speakers.

WiDS will be held at Stanford university, but will be available via livestream and at a number of regional events all around the world. Check out their website to see if there is one in your area.    

March 5, 2018

Epidemiology in Policy-informing Health Economic Research 
A 2-Part Series

In this two-part webinar series, Dr. Thy Dinh will provide an overview of the key concepts in health economics and demonstrate how epidemiology and health economics can be used to answer difficult health policy questions, now and in the future. Dr. Dinh will describe several unique macro-level approaches that leverage epidemiological data to estimate burden of illness, the health and economic impact of interventions, programs, and policies, return-on-investment, and the benefits of "scaling-up" existing or pilot interventions to different or larger populations. Participants will also learn about resources/sources of data that can support their own assessments. 

Tuesday, March 6th and 7th, 2018 | 12:00pm – 1:30pm EST
Register here (fees apply)
KT Canada Summer Institute
KT Interventions

The Summer Institute is aimed at graduate students, post-doctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area. The purpose of this Summer Institute is to provide participants with the opportunity to increase their understanding of knowledge translation research as well as opportunities and challenges in this field. Applications from a wide range of disciplines that span all of CIHR's research themes (clinical, health services, and population health) are encourage. The Institute takes place June 27-29, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario.

Applications due: March 11, 2018
The exposome in epidemiology: Opportunities and challenges

A semi-annual web meeting featuring a dynamic plenary between two leading epidemiologists and three live oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts.Participants are encouraged to participate individually or to organize a viewing party at their institution. 

The exposome is defined as the totality of exposures across an individual’s lifespan, including every exposure an individual is subject to from conception to death. For this SERdigital, we will explore the exposome research paradigm, the opportunities for incorporating this paradigm into epidemiologic research, and the challenges associated with this approach.

March 12, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30pm EST
The Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018 will offer consumers, practitioners, policymakers and managers, researchers and research funders the ideal forum to forge strong, meaningful partnerships and to discuss how to:
  • empower and engage patients with review-derived patient materials;
  • support health practitioners in efficiently and effectively using reviews and guidelines;
  • prepare policymakers and managers for a world of living reviews and guidelines; and
  • inspire the next generation of Cochrane reviewers and authors.
Abstract submissions due: March 16, 2018
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Call for Panel Proposals
Building bridges between science, policy, and society

The 10th Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC 2018) will be held in Ottawa, Ontario, on November 7-9th, 2018. Scientists, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, politicians, journalists, students and many others from across the country are invited to the nation’s capital. Attendees will explore, discuss, exchange ideas, and mobilize knowledge regarding the present and future of Canadian science, technology, and innovation policy. 

The CSPC 2018 call for panel proposals is now open! Proposals can be in a variety of presentation formats that revolve around any of the conference themes. Proposals by organizations and individuals from across all sectors and disciplines are welcome.

Deadline for panel submissions: April 13, 2018

Alberta Innovates Impact Assessment Course
The professional development Research and Innovation Impact Assessment course responds to the growing demand for skilled people who can assess the impact of research and innovation (R&I). You will learn how to measure the progress and value of your work to tell your impact story to diverse audiences.

June 5-7, 2018 in Calgary, Alberta.
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Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship

Mitacs has launched a new opportunity for long-term funding for graduate students. Recipients can also access professional development training that helps them ensure project success and gain in-demand career skills. You can apply for an Accelerate Fellowship at any time.
  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project (total research award $40,000)
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project (total research award $80,000)
Learn More
Health System Impact Fellowship Program

The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship provides doctoral and post-doctoral awardees studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, with a paid experiential learning opportunity within health system and related organizations. They will dedicate the majority of their time towards a program of work that advances the organization’s impact goals and contributes to improved health system performance. Fellows will be exposed to how the health system and related organizations work, how decisions are made, how research and analytic skills can contribute to an organization’s performance, and the organization’s role in contributing to improved health and health system performance.

Deadline for 2018 applications: April 5, 2018
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Health Research Training Hub at CIHR

CIHR is pleased to present its recently revamped health research training website, a one-stop-shop for everything related to training, including:
  • information about training opportunities and how to apply for them;
  • tools to help trainees take control of their careers, like the Individual Career Development Plan;
  • a curated list of the latest reports and studies related to training;
  • and helpful links to policies, strategies, news and events.
Webinar | How to Write an Op-Ed

Jennifer Ditchburn, editor-in-chief of Policy Options, and Shannon Sampert, editor and director of the Evidence Network, spend their days devoted to mobilizing knowledge from Canadian researchers. They share their strategies on how to write sharp op-eds for broader consumption, one of the most important ways to ensure your analysis and research is shared in the public sphere. The live event has passed, but the recording is available at the link below.

View Recording Here
A multidisciplinary online discussion forum for data linkage researchers and practitioners

A group of researchers at the Data Mining and Matching group at the Australian National University developed an international online discussion forum for data linkage researchers across disciplines. Discussion topics include general questions, announcements of conferences and workshops, announcements of publications, resources, and job opportunities. 

Read their recent publication here or check out the forum here

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