CNODES Training Newsletter
March 2019

CORRECTION - A broken link in the previous email newsletter has been fixed.
Tanja Tran, McGill University

Tanja Tran photoTanja Tran is a 5th year PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. With her supervisor, Dr. Samy Suissa, Tanja is investigating the safety and effectiveness of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) for patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Tanja agreed to share a few details about her research, and how she hopes it will make a difference.

“I’m excited to have that opportunity by using real-world data and applying the appropriate methods to answer questions regarding drug effectiveness and safety. Particularly, for my research in IPF, where the average prognosis is poor and treatment options are limited, adding to the evidence will hopefully benefit patients with IPF and raise awareness for this disease."

Read the full interview with Tanja, which will soon be posted on the Trainee Profiles page

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

Highly qualified database analysts are key to the success of CNODES query projects. To ensure that CNODES database analysts are well-prepared and well-supported in their work, the CNODES Training Team is currently developing an online Analyst Training Program. The Program will provide an opportunity to capture the vast expertise available across CNODES sites and consolidate training practices into a central resource. Online training modules will walk learners through the interpretation and implementation of a pharmacoepidemiology statistical analysis plan, and will provide hands-on learning in topics such as SAS coding, working with administrative health data, statistical methods, and pharmacoepidemiology.

Content creation for the Program will begin in April 2019, and we are currently assembling teams to assist with content development and review. If these materials would be of use to you or your organization, or if you are interested in participating in the development of content, we would love to hear from you! Please e-mail to learn about how you can get involved. We look forward to hearing from you.
Webinar | Visual pharmacoepidemiology

The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) will host the webinar "Visual Pharmacoepidemiology" on March 21 at 12 noon (Eastern). This 1-hour webinar, presented by Jeremy Rassen, Shirley Wang and William Murk, will use visuals to discuss fundamental issues in pharmacoepidemiology, including patient timelines, how to define exposures and outcomes, study design, and communication of results. "The use of visuals will reinforce core concepts in pharmacoepi and reveal cases that are not considered in usual textual descriptions of study methodology." Register for the webinar.
Presentation | Inference after machine learning for causal effects

SERtalks – Netherlands of the Society for Epidemiologic Research will host the presentation “Inference After Machine Learning for Causal Effects” by Dr. James M. Robins, Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health on March 21, 2019 at 5 pm local time in the Netherlands (12 noon Eastern). Live streaming of the event will be available. Learn more.
For other presentations, blogs and more, see the SERLibrary
Presentation | Navigating the p-value swamp for meta-analysts

The Therapeutics Initiative 2019/20 Methods Speaker Series presents methodological topics relevant to specific study designs, statistical issues in medicine, open science and the replication crisis. Dr. Ed Kroc, Assistant Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education at University of British Columbia will present "Navigating the p-value swamp for meta-analysts" on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 12 noon to 1 pm (Pacific).
Please register online to attend in person or by video conference.
Webinar | Drug regulation in Canada

CIHR's Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program (DSECT) hosted the webinar "Drug Regulation in Canada" on February 12, 2019. Emile Geoffroy and Melissa Hunt from Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada presented information on the Health Canada processes from pre-market approval of drugs to what happens after drugs are on the market. The recorded webinar is available on the University of Toronto website. View the recorded webinar
Additional webinars sponsored by Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training Program (DSECT) are also available on the DSECT website.
Webinar | Demystifying Health Canada pharmacovigilance

The Canadian Association for Population Therapeutics (CAPT) Speaker Series presents the webinar "Demystifying Health Canada Pharmacovigilance" with Rhonda Kropp, Director General for the Marketed Health Products Directorate of Health Canada on March 19, 2019 at 2 pm (Eastern). This 1-hour webinar will explore adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting in Canada and discuss the value of real world evidence in regulatory decision making. Register for the webinar.
PhD Posting | University of Manitoba

Dr. Silvia Alessi-Severini, Associate Professor in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba, is currently seeking a PhD student to join her research program. Candidates with an MSc in Pharmacy or other disciplines such as Health Sciences, Pharmacoepidemiology, or Biostatistics will be considered. Knowledge of SAS statistical software is an asset. Current project: a pharmacoepidemiologic study looking at the use, safety and effectiveness of medications for the treatment of hepatitis C infection. Email Dr. Silvia Alessi-Severini for more information and to apply.
Awards | Scotia Scholars Award

The Scotia Scholars Award provides undergraduate, master's, and doctoral funding for trainees at universities in Nova Scotia. The application deadline for the master's and doctoral competitions is April 12, 2019. Learn more
Trainee Fellowships | Health System Impact Fellowships

CIHR’s Institute of Health Services and Policy Research (IHSPR) in partnership with multiple agencies and institutes, including Fonds de recherche du Québec –Santé (FRQS), Michael Smith Foundation for Health Reserach (MSFHR) and Mitacs, offers the Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows. awards for doctoral trainees are up to $50,000 for up to 1 year and awards for post-doctoral fellows are up to $155,000 for 2 years. Application deadline is April 2, 2019.  Learn more

For more information about other CIHR funding opportunities see the CIHR Funding Opportunity Database
Membership | SPOR Evidence Alliance 

SPOR Evidence Alliance network of researchers from across Canada is accepting applications for membership from researchers, graduate students, fellows and other trainees. Membership provides an opportunity to gain practical research experience and to access mentorship. Members have the opportunity to participate in annual Seed Grant competitions supporting projects by trainees and junior researchers. Apply to become a member
Article | Proposing & structuring conference papers

For practical tips on preparing concise and compelling conference papers, see the article, "Proposing and structuring conference papers: Strategies to surprise and excite your audience," written by "Dr. Editor" Letitia Henville in the February 2019 issue of University Affairs/Affaires universitaires.
Project Management | Open Science Framework

Open Science Framework (OSF) is a free and open source project management repository that provides a research workflow system and platform for collaboration. The Framework support research file management for data, code and protocols, privacy controls, and workflow tools such as an automated version control system. OSF also gives users the choice of where files are stored (e.g., in Canada) and is working to ensure compliance with academic privacy policies. Learn more.
Podcast | Epidemiology Counts

Epidemiology Counts is the official podcast of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). In Episode 1 -  “Why should I trust that new health study?” Matt Fox, Hailey Banack, and Bryan James discuss why we should believe anything epidemiologists do and how to digest all of the health data from research. This first episode of Epidemiology Counts was broadcast January 10, 2019. Listen to the podcast.
Network/Resource | Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE)

Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is a network of students from around the world, ranging from school age to university, providing an interactive space for resources on evidence-based health care (EBH). The resources "for students, and by students" are presented in creative and engaging formats. Many resources provide introductory information, but others get into more depth. S4BE welcomes contributions from students/trainees. Check out the S4BE tutorials on research concepts and methods. A list of official partners is posted on the website.

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