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Fall 2020
CNODES Semi-Annual Meeting

Virtual Conference | CNODES Semi-Annual Meeting

Date: Monday-Friday, November 2-6, 2020

CNODES will host their first-ever virtual semi-annual meeting, in light of COVID-19. They will be offering a variety of sessions every afternoon (Eastern Time) throughout the week.

Register for the conference

CNODES Trainee Spotlight

Lina Al-Sakran, University of BC

This spring, Dr. Lina Al-Sakran started as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of BC under the supervision of Dr. Colin Dormuth. Lina has a background in clinical pharmacy and recently completed her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan's College of Pharmacy and Nutrition. Her PhD research focused on the epidemiology and pharmacoepidemiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) in Saskatchewan. She validated a case definition for MS using health administrative data and used that case definition to establish incidence and prevalence estimates, confirming that Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of MS, both nation- and world-wide. Lina will be contributing to CNODES and a variety of other projects during her fellowship. 

Read full trainee profile
Anti-Racism Resources
During the past few months, protests and resistance against anti-Black racism have once again called us to acknowledge the deeply entrenched racism that exists here in Canada and globally. For many of us, these conversations have encouraged us to begin or deepen our own education on systemic racism and anti-racism work. 

As a CIHR-funded project, CNODES Training is committed to the Tri-agency's goals of "recognizing and reducing systemic barriers, mitigating biases, and including and benefiting from the full pool of talented researchers" in our field. We know we have a lot of work to do. We know that despite those goals, Black, Indigenous, and racialized trainees still face additional barriers that don't exist for white trainees.

This is a critical time for all of us to listen, to educate ourselves, to reflect on our behaviours, and to think about what concrete actions we can take to be better friends, community members, colleagues, researchers, leaders, and allies. We recognize that this is an evolving process and a long-term commitment. At CNODES Training, we will be taking a hard look at our current and past processes and identifying ways that we can build better ones that will contribute to a truly equitable future in Canadian academics and research.

The resources shared below are ones that we found particularly relevant to the Canadian academic context. 

Learn About CIHR's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Actions

Activating Solidarity: A Guide to Anti-Racism Work

We found this guide from UBC's Equity & Inclusion Office to be full of excellent resources for people at all stages of allyship. Very useful if you're feeling overwhelmed or not sure where to start. 

Read the guide

Allyship Requires Action: The More, the Better

A group of anti-racism educators and activists discussed what is required of a person with privilege to be and become an ally to Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in a recent webinar, titled 'Answering the Call to Being and Becoming an Ally'. This article from BCcampus highlights the conversations and key suggestions that arose from this discussion.

Read the article

Pulling Together: A Professional Learning Series

Pulling Together is an open professional learning series developed for staff across post-secondary institutions in Canada. These guides are the result of the Indigenization Project, a collaboration between BCcampus and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training. The project was supported by a steering committee of Indigenous education leaders from BC universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation BC. These guides are intended to support the systemic change occurring across post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation. Guides in the series include: 
Upcoming Webinars 

Methods Series Webinar | Innovations in Methods and Evaluation of Guideline Development

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

SPEAKER: Dr. Wojtek Wiercioch, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Methodologist, McMaster GRADE Centre, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada.

Methods for the development of trustworthy and rigorous clinical practice guidelines have advanced considerably over the past two decades. Recent methodological innovations have brought in a new era for guidelines, facilitating production of rapid and living guidelines to address current challenges. The objectives of this presentation are to highlight those methodological innovations, describe future needs in guideline development, and introduce approaches for evaluation and appraisal of guidelines, including the new PANELVIEW tool to evaluate the guideline development process.

Register for the webinar

Webinar | Beyond the Numbers: Working as a Data Scientist in a Group Setting

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CT)

Webinar providing trainees and early career data scientists/analysts with the tools needed to navigate working as a data scientist in a group setting. Two speakers will be brought in to discuss their career trajectories in data science, along with the challenges and ways to work as an efficient team member in a group setting.

Register for the webinar

Fall SERdigital | Translating Epidemiological Research to Effective Action: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

The invited panelists will discuss COVID-19 and initial missteps in how information was gathered, interpreted, and disseminated, leading to misinformation and massive tolls for marginalized and vulnerable populations. The panelists will also touch upon ignored health inequities and effects on mental wellbeing which will likely impact the world for years to come. The panelists will close by speaking more broadly to the way this unprecedented event has irreversibly changed the way we live, think, and practice epidemiology.

Register for the webinar

SERtalks | Surviving or Collapsing with Causal Inference

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)

This session features two speakers who will present exciting work related to the analysis of survival data in a causal inference framework. In the first talk, Dr. Rhian Daniel from Cardiff University will aim to clarify the nebulous and subtle concept of non-collapsibility of effect measures at the level of “an epidemiologist on the bus.” In the second half of the session, Professor Els Goetghebeur from Ghent University will present results of two projects related to (1) covid-19 treatment and (2) a meta-analysis of survival data in anal cancer.

Register for the talk

Workshop | Using R for Plotting in ggplot2

Date: Monday, November 16 - Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CT)

In this 2-day hands-on workshop, presented by CHI’s Data Science platform, you will learn how to create customized graphs using R’s ggplot2 library, one of the most popular graphics and visualization programs. Cost is $50.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to build graphs using geometeric objects and aesthetic mappings
  • Create scatter plots, box plots, violin plots, bar charts, and histograms
  • Learn how to facet, customize legends, add themes, etc.
  • Introduce ggmap
Register for the workshop

Journal Club | SER Journal Club

Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM (EDT)

This instalment of the SERious Epi Journal Club will feature special guests Jonathan Snowden & Sarah Osmundson discussing two articles on cesarean birth. It is co-sponsored by the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER). 

Join the journal club

Methods Series Webinar | A Practical Introduction to Propensity Score Analysis using R

Propensity score-based methods are widely used in analyzing observational datasets to reduce the impact of confounding due to observed covariates. This recorded webinar will provide a basic overview of popular Propensity Score approaches, analysis steps explained in R, best practices, and reporting guidelines. The prerequisites are knowledge of multiple regression analysis, and working knowledge of R. Background in propensity score analysis or causal inference is not required.

Watch the recording

Virtual | DSECT Book Club

Date: October 1, 2020 - December 9, 2020

The DSECT book club is designed to allow trainees, faculty, alumni and others to participate in a guided discussion on a book related to drug safety and effectiveness or related health care or scientific concepts. The purpose of the book club is to facilitate lively discussions on key topics and issues within each book and encourage participants to reflect on the overlying themes and messages presented within each of the selected books. The Book club will meet every three months in an online session facilitated by a DSECT faculty or staff member. Each participant will be encouraged to pose discussion questions related to topics and concepts within the book. 

The upcoming book club will be reading and discussing 'Well' by Sandro Galea.

Register for the book club
Online Courses & Conferences

Virtual Conference | Managing Risk to Improve Health Outcomes: How to Move Population Health Forward in an Era of Uncertainty

Date: Thursday-Friday, October 26-27, 2020 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)

The standard has been to avoid "risk", be it among industry, government, or in our healthcare institutions. But with evidence standard and healthcare patterns evolving, there is a need to recognize that risk exists and that we need to have conversations around how to mitigate risk in order to support decision making. That could include talking about supporting HTA and reimbursement decisions that have a clear timeline, and are re-evaluated at a certain time. It can also include integrating patients in the decision making across a lifecycle of drugs or health technologies, to improve care and reduce cost exposure to payers.

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Virtual Conference | Data Linkage: Information to Impact

Date: Monday-Friday, November 2-13, 2020

The 2020 conference themes include Research using real-world data, Multi-sector data linkage, COVID-19 and other communicable diseases, Indigenous health and well-being, Data linkage, methods, systems and technology, Advanced analytics and methods, Public involvement, ethics, law and social implications.

The conference will bring together a wide range of exciting leading international speakers, researchers, data linkers, data scientists, practitioners, policymakers and consumers to discuss and exchange ideas relating to the full spectrum of data linkage and use of linked data to impact policy and improve health and social outcomes.

Register for the conference

End of Grant (EoG) Knowledge Translation


To help you develop your End of Grant Knowledge Translation (EoG KT) plan, the KT Program offers the EoG KT course. This online, self-directed course provides a flexible way for you to learn why and how to develop an effective KT plan for your grant application. Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop an end of grant KT plan
  • Develop an approach to help tell the story about your research using media and social media
  • Assess impact of research publication and how to use and interpret bibliometrics and altmetrics
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CAHSPR Virtual Conference

Virtually CAHSPR hosted on May 27-28, 2020 focused on the impacts of COVID-19 on Canada’s health system, and explored A COVID Informed Vision for the Future of Healthcare and Health Services and Policy Research. The speakers and panelists discussed their views and observations on what the COVID pandemic has taught us about the delivery of healthcare in Canada, and the impacts of these lessons on health services and policy as the system evolves in response to the pandemic. You will find links to the materials and recorded sessions below.
View the event recordings

ISPOR Short Course Program

Date: Tuesday, September 29 - Friday, October 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

SER Pre-Conference Workshops

Date: Multiple dates.

SER is hosting multiple workshops ahead of their 2020 Virtual Conference. Check out the list and register today to take part in this valuable knowledge sharing opportunity.

Register for a workshop

SER 2020 Virtual Conference

Date: Wednesday, December 16 - Friday, December 18, 2020

SER is hosting their 2020 annual meeting this winter. The purpose of the annual meeting is to bring together epidemiologists from all stages of their career trajectory—from trainees to senior scientists—to discuss emerging epidemiologic research. The annual meeting is at the heart of SER’s mission of promoting epidemiologic research and nurturing junior scholars. Submission to the SER meeting is open to anyone—members and non-members alike. Program chairs, with input from a broad range of reviewers, select the best submissions for presentation at the SER annual meeting. 

Register for the conference

PDHA Certificate Program Courses

Date: January - April 2020

PDHA 02: Epidemiological Statistics
This is a basic course in epidemiology which also covers a variety of analytic topics not commonly addressed in elementary statistics courses. This course will introduce students to the field of epidemiology.

Register for the course

PDHA 06: Health Services Program Monitoring and Evaluation
This course provides hands-on, project-based instruction on the concepts, processes and tools for monitoring and evaluating health services and programs. By the end of the course, students will have developed an evaluation of a health service or program of their choice in order to make recommendations for improvements and facilitate decision-making in their organization.

Register for the course

Abstract Submission | 2021 ISPE Mid-Year Meeting

Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2020

ISPE is now accepting abstracts from students for oral/poster presentations in the area of pharmacoepidemiology and drug safety for our 2021 Mid-Year Meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland, scheduled for the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, April 18-20, 2021.

Current full-time students that are the lead author on research studies are invited to submit abstracts for presentation. There will be 12 student oral presentations and 24 student poster presentations.

Subject to pandemic conditions, they are currently planning for a live meeting in Iceland and encourage students to submit abstracts and plan to present in-person. They will be monitoring the situation closely in the months ahead and announcements will be issued regarding the status of the meeting in plenty of time to accommodate travel planning.

Submit abstract here

Funding | CIHR 2020-2021 Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award

The Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS D) program supports high-calibre students engaged in doctoral programs in all academic disciplines. This support allows scholars to fully concentrate on their doctoral studies, to seek out the best research mentors in their chosen fields and contribute to the Canadian research ecosystem during and beyond the tenure of their awards.

Further information

Program | CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Cross-Disciplinary Training (DSECT) Program

This program fosters an interdisciplinary, multi-pronged approach to acquire knowledge related to the use of administrative data in DS&E research, network meta-analysis, applying the techniques of active surveillance to DS&E challenges, novel methods in DS&E research, pharmacogenomics, understanding the life cycle of a pharmaceutical, and knowledge translation. Trainees are encouraged to apply.

Program components:

  • Annual Spring Program Symposium
  • One-to-one mentorship
  • Basic concepts in DS&E (self-study modules)
  • Foundation sessions in DS&E (interactive webinars)
  • Advanced training in DS&E research
  • Professional and research skill building seminars
  • Objective structured knowledge translation experience (OSKTE)
  • Practicum/exposure opportunities

More information

Peer Reviewing for IJPDS

The International Journal of Population Data Science (IJPDS) is looking to increase the size and complexity of their review panel. Population Data Science spans numerous fields; they welcome anyone working within PDS to join, but have particular interest in specific subject areas.

Learn more here
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