CNODES Training Newsletter
October 2019

Greg Carney, University of British Columbia

Greg Carney recently completed his doctorate in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, with a focus on pharmacoepidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Greg has worked with CNODES since the Network began in 2011, and has been employed with the Therapeutics Initiative PharmacoEpidemiology Group (PEG) at UBC since 2007. He agreed to answer a few questions about his PhD research and experiences working with CNODES.

"One of the most important things I’ve learned from working with CNODES is that to successfully conduct high-quality pharmacoepidemiologic studies, you need a research team with a diversity of expertise."

Read the full interview with Greg and see other profiles on the Trainee Profiles page

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CNODES Members at 35th ICPE in Philadelphia, PA

Congratulations and thanks to the CNODES members who represented the Network at ISPE's 35th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management (ICPE) August 24-28th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Special congratulations to CNODES trainee Amani Hamad and co-authors for receiving the Stanley A. Edlavitch Award for best abstract submitted by a student or postdoc. The award was presented for the abstract Early Childhood Antibiotics Use and the Risk of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Population-Based Cohort Study by authors Amani Hamad, Silvia Alessi-Severini, Salah Mahmud, Marni Brownell, and I fan Kuo. See the ICPE full program for more information about the presentations and award.
CNODES Analyst Training Program - Volunteers Needed

The Content Development Team of the CNODES Analyst Training Program will soon be ready for user testing of the Training Program. We are looking for volunteers to test the first online modules and to provide feedback on functionality, usability, and accessibility among other things. If you are an analyst, student, or someone with an interest in epidemiology, we welcome your involvement.

About the Training Modules:
The training modules walk learners through the interpretation and implementation of a pharmacoepidemiology statistical analysis plan, and provide hands-on learning using simulated datasets. Topics will cover SAS coding, working with administrative health data, applying statistical methods, and basic pharmacoepidemiology. We hope our training materials will be useful for students and analysts working in other organizations who conduct drug safety and effectiveness research.

If you would like to volunteer to do some user testing or to be involved in another capacity, please e-mail We look forward to hearing from you.
Webinar | Are Epidemiologists Scientists or Practitioners?

The Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) will host a webinar in the form of an online plenary with leading epidemiologists David Savitz from Brown University and Mary Bassett from Harvard University. The plenary will address the question: “Are Epidemiologists Scientists or Public Health Practitioners?” Join the discussion on November 13, 2019 from 12 noon to 1:30 pm Eastern. Register for the plenary.
Training Program | DSECT Call for Applications

The CIHR-funded Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) program is inviting applications for its 2020/21 program. The DSECT Training Program offers the opportunity for trainees to learn together and develop their skills as knowledgeable researchers in the area of therapeutics.

The Program includes: annual spring program symposium, one-to-one mentorship, interactive webinars, basic and advanced drug safety and effectiveness training, professional seminars, knowledge translation, and practicum experience. 

Trainees from a wide range of scientific disciplines (e.g. pharmacy, epidemiology, health policy) are invited to apply. Learn more on the DSECT website. Application deadline: January 17, 2020
Course | Cochrane Author Training

Cochrane online learningThe Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation Platform will be hosting a Cochrane Standard Author Training workshop from November 26-28, 2019 at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. The Cochrane Author Training will include instruction on: developing a protocol, planning and conducting a Cochrane systematic review, selecting studies and extracting data, critical appraisal, assessing bias, analysis and interpretation of findings. Participants will also learn how to use Review Manager (RevMan) software. Learn more and/or register for the training 
Seminars | TI Methods Speaker Series

TI logoThe Therapeutics Initiative (TI) at the University of British Columbia is hosting monthly seminars as part of its TI Methods Speaker Series. The presentations are free to attend in person or online. 

The following highlighted seminars are now available for viewing online: 
  • Navigating the p-value swamp for meta-analysts presented by Dr. Ed Kroc, Assistant Professor of Measurement, Evaluation, and Research Methodology at UBC [first presented March 27, 2019].
  • Likelihood ratio meta-analysis presented by Dr. Colin Dormuth, Associate Professor in the Dept of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics at UBC and CNODES Training Team Lead and Site Lead in British Columbia [first presented May 29, 2019]
You can access the video recordings on the Therapeutics Initiative website and the Open Science Framework which is being used for collaboration (scroll to the files section). Learn more about the Series and see the list of past and upcoming seminars on the Therapeutics Initiative website
Certificate | Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom is offering a Professional Certificate in Pharmacoepidemilogy & Pharmacovigilance as introductory training for students to learn the concepts and practices of pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacovigilance, and drug safety. The course will take place November 4-7, 2019, February 17-21, 2020, and April 6-9, 2020 in London or is available through distance learning. Learn more and/or register for the course. 
Postdoctoral Fellowship | Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship (Vanier CGS) program provides $50,000 annually for three years during doctoral studies at Canadian post-secondary institutions. Applicants must first find a nominating post-secondary institution and prepare a package as per the institution's guidelines. Deadline for institutional nominations: November 6, 2019.

The award is sponsored by the Government of Canada and jointly administered by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), in partnership with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). More information on the CIHR website..
Mentoring | SER Mentoring Pilot Program 

The Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) is building a mentoring program "to facilitate long-term connections and conversations that will help participants to achieve their career goals in epidemiology." The first step is a pilot program including teams of investigators, professionals, and trainees to meet monthly in person, over video, or by phone. Anyone interested in signing up for the pilot mentoring program can do so from October 1 to 31 2019. The plan is for mentoring to begin in January 2020 and the program will culminate with an in-person event at the 2020 SER annual meeting in Boston June 16-19, 2020. Register for the mentoring program
Mentoring | Win4Science Initiative at McGill University 

The department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec is leading a "Women’s Initiative to hack the gender gap." Win4Science is in its second year and is launching the Win4Science mentoring program for women in sciences. The program aims to raise awareness about the challenges women currently face as scientists and trainee scientists, and to create a supportive network for women in the Biomedical and Life Sciences Departments across McGill University.

Currently, the program is looking for mentors (professors or postdocs) and mentees (graduate students, postdocs, early investigators, etc.) willing to participate in the program. Learn more or register with Win4Science.
Reporting Guidelines | EQUATOR Network 

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network in the United Kingdom hosts a practical online library of guidelines for reporting health research. This collection of guidelines and policy documents is aimed at authors, journal editors, peer reviewers, and those developing reporting guidelines. 

The library includes the most up-to-date version of STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology) and extensions; guidelines for writing protocols, SRQR (Standards for Reporting Qualitative Research), toolkits for writing and peer review, and many other resources related to the reporting of health research.  

See also the datamethods forum for a discussion about STROBE guidelines as they pertain to inferential measures
Review Tool | What Review is Right for You?

The Knowledge Translation Program of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, Ontario has developed an assessment tool designed to guide researchers on methods for the conduct and reporting of knowledge synthesis. Currently, the tool is being piloted to identify methods for knowledge synthesis of quantitative studies. A version of the tool will be developed for qualitative synthesis as well. Learn more or try the tool: What Review is Right for You. For more information, contact Dr. Andrea Tricco at 
Public Campaign | Sense About Science Ask for Evidence

Sense about Science is an independent charity based in the United Kingdom that "challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life." The campaign "Ask for Evidence" encourages the public to ask questions about the research findings and data we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Ask for Evidence provides entertaining and practical guides and tools to help people become more discerning consumers of scientific information. See the Sense about Science Ask for Evidence website for more details.
Blog | Open Science Needs Open Infrastructure

Join the conversation initiated by Tobias Steiner in a recent blog on the Open Science MOOC (massive open online course) website. The blog "Teaching Practices & Values of Open Science and Scholarship Needs Open Infrastructure" addresses the need to involve more scholars in discussion about how an open networked scholarly infrastructure for learning, teaching, and scholarly communications for could look. Read the blog. Open Science MOOC is mainly supported through the contributions of volunteers. If you would like to be part of the online community, you can sign up and/or join the GitHub production team. There is also a Slack channel and a blog on Open Science issues
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