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May 2020 Training Opportunities
We will be sharing monthly collections of web-based events and resources while in-person events remain cancelled. If you know of upcoming events or free/open resources, please let us know by emailing
Upcoming Webinars

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

Date: Thursday, May 14, 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 recordings.  
  • 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
  • Wednesday, June 3 - Introduction to Multistate Modeling Approaches for Analyzing Population-wide Health Administrative Data by Rinku Sutradhar
Register for the webinar

Webinar | Open Science for Observational Research: Lessons from the OHDSI Collaborative

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT

Speaker: Patrick Ryan
Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) conducts methodological research, develops open-source analytics tools, and applies scientific best practices to the design and execution of observational network analyses. This webinar will provide an overview of OHDSI and demonstrate how the research community has collaborated to generate real-world evidence to support clinical characterization, population-level effect estimation, and patient-level prediction.

Register for the webinar

Workshop | Open Synthesis: Open Science in Evidence Synthesis

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 | 8:00 - 10:00 AM EDT (1:00 - 3:00 PM UTC+1)

This half-day workshop will bring together international experts in evidence synthesis, transparency and open science to explore the concept of openness in evidence synthesis, why it’s important and how it can be achieved, as well as considering challenges and opportunities for future research and collaborations.

Register for the workshop

SERious Epi Journal Club

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 | 1:00 pm EDT

Hosts Hailey Banack and Matt Fox will lead a discussion on the paper "Opening the Black Box: a motivation for the assessment of mediation" by Danella Hafeman and Sharon Schwartz.

Read the paper | Join the journal club

Debate | How Can We Leverage Population Data in a Time of Crisis?

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 9:30 AM EDT

Gridded population maps distribute data using grid cells, combining census results with additional information such as geospatial data from satellites. Gridded population data is a powerful tool for sustainable development, but many policymakers and researchers are still unaware of its potential uses. In this session, an expert panel moderated by SciDev.Net will debate how population data can help tackle global crises.

Register for the debate

Webinar | Working Remotely Series: Building Trust with Teams in a Virtual Environment

Date: Friday, May 22, 2020 | 9:30 AM CST

Trust is what sets high-performing teams apart from those who aren't successful in their collaboration efforts. But how do you build this trust? And how do you do it in a virtual environment, with fewer communication channels available to help gauge colleague's reactions and thinking? In this webinar you will:

  • Learn the elements of a high performing team
  • Discuss the factors that influence trust and trustworthiness
  • Explore 3 tools to help you build trust with the team members you work with, whether that work is in-person or remote
Register for the webinar

Webinar | Power Analysis in Meta-analysis 

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020  

The TI Methods Speakers Series are offered free of charge and everyone is welcome. The event is usually held at noon on the last Wednesday of each month. The next topic will be "Power analysis in meta-analysis" by Ed Kroc. Check the TI website for more details as they become available. 

Register for the webinar

Webinar | How to Do Knowledge Translation in a Pandemic 

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020 | 12:00 - 12:45 PM PDT 

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to disruption in the health research community through curtailment of research activities and social distancing practices. Knowledge translation (KT) of health research may need to pivot during this time, but health experts are on centre stage, and the public and policy makers are a captive audience. The need for effective communication, dissemination, and behaviour change remains critical. This presentation will provide guidance on methods for integrated and end-of-grant KT during the COVID-19 pandemic and similar periods of social disruption, as well as what to do for research that has been curtailed.

Register for the webinar

Workshop | Implementation Matters 

Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM EDT

Join professionals in this online event to gain practical tools, methods, and approaches to enhance readiness and inspire change. The event was adapted from a one day in-person workshop and includes 4 online components:

  • 2-hour live online presentation on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 
  • 60-minute virtual small group coffee chats from June 10-17 with event facilitators 
  • Networking through an online platform
  • Recorded video discussing the frequently asked questions from the coffee chats
Register for the workshop
Online Courses & Conferences

Online Classes in Epidemiology

Registration closes May 15!

Episummer@columbia is offering all of their summer epidemiology courses in an online format this year. Some classes are self-paced and can be taken over the month of June. Other courses are condensed into one or multi-day Zoom sessions.
Visit the website

ISPOR Virtual Conference

Date: May 18-20, 2020

ISPOR 2020 has been redesigned into an online event. The 3-day virtual conference will offer an engaging 60 hours of content delivered by global HEOR experts and stakeholders. The scientific program for this virtual conference remains as dynamic and robust as was planned for the onsite version and will include 3 plenary sessions, issue panels, workshops, podium presentations, and sponsored symposia.

Register for the conference

Canadian Statistics Annual Student Conference

Date: May 30, 2020

The CSSC 2020 has transitioned to an online conference open to the general public. The conference will be hosted through Zoom Webinar and registration for the event is now free. This conference is organized entirely by students for students and includes keynote speakers, career sessions, scientific workshops, and oral/poster presentations.

Register for the conference

ISPOR Short Course Program

Date: June 17 - July 30, 2020

The ISPOR Short Course Program is offered in conjunction with ISPOR conferences around the world as a series of half- and full-day training courses, designed to enhance knowledge and techniques in core HEOR topics as well as emerging trends. Taught by expert faculty, short courses topics are offered across 7 topical tracks and range in skill level from introductory to experienced. 

See upcoming course program

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety

Date: September, 2020

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.  

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Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020)

Date: November 8-12, 2020

In light of the current global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Board of Health Systems Global has made the decision to undertake consultations and planning with the aim of transforming the Sixth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research (HSR2020), scheduled to take place in Dubai from 8 - 12 November 2020, into a global virtual event. Stay tuned to their website for more details.

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Temporary Open & Free Resources

In order to support institutions and students moving to remote instruction & learning, many publishers are offering some or all of their e-resources freely for a period of few months. McGill Library has compiled a comprehensive list of publishers/resources that have been made freely available during this period of COVID-19. 

View the McGill Library collection | View free textbooks from Springer

Special Section | Machine Learning and Causal Inference

There is a special section on Machine Learning and Causal Inference in Volume 21, Issue 2 of the journal Biostatistics. There are six articles in this section, all open access.

View special section 
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