CNODES Training Newsletter
September 2018

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CNODES is compiling resources for an online library on topics related to drug safety and effectiveness training. If you have suggestions for resources to be included, please email with a link to the resource.
Amani Hamad, University of Manitoba

Amani Hamad is in her third year of the PhD program in Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba.

In June 2018 Amani presented “Prenatal antibiotics exposure and the risk of autism spectrum disorders” at the Society of Epidemiologic Research (SER) Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. She shares this research and some of her experiences as a CNODES trainee for the newsletter and website.

"Currently, I am investigating the long-term safety of medications used during critical periods of development, including pregnancy and early childhood. As a mother myself, I believe parents have the right to be aware of the potential harms associated with routinely prescribed medications."

Read the full interview on the Trainee Profiles page of the CNODES website.

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CNODES members at 34th ICPE in Prague, Czech Republic

CNODES is pleased to have been well represented at ISPE's 34th International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management (ICPE) last month in Prague, Czech Republic. Congratulations and thanks to the CNODES members who attended and presented at the conference (an impressive 11 presentations and posters by CNODES members).
Methods Update: ERRATUM hd-PS Macro

A group of US researchers led by Dr. Richard Wyss at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School recently noted an error in the bias estimation of the high-dimension propensity score (hd-PS) macro algorithm. The macro, commonly used in CNODES and other epidemiologic studies, has been corrected in the updated version (2.4.4) of the hd-PS software. Any macro for hd-PS prior to July 2018 is obsolete.

For more information and to download the updated Version 2.4.4 of the hd-PS software, visit the Pharmacoepidemiology Toolbox on the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School website.
Webinar | Causal thinking in pharmacoepidemiology

Join ISPE and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) for a webinar presented by Dr. Robert Platt, CNODES Executive Co-lead and Professor in the departments of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University. Dr. Platt will present foundational tools of causal inference and describe how these tools can be applied to studies of pharmacoepidemiology, using examples from the evaluation of drug safety research questions.

The live webinar takes place at 10 am to 11 am (ET) on October 10, 2018.
Register for the webinar
Webinar | Intelligent machines, big data, and epidemiology

The American College of Epidemiology (ACE) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) are co-sponsoring the webinar "Intelligent Machines, Big Data and Epidemiology: From Ethics to Policy" presented by Dr. Kenneth W. Goodman, founder and director of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and co-director of the university’s ethics programs. The webinar will address ethics and "the right to benefit from science" in the current context of big data and artificial intelligence.

The live webinar takes place 12 pm to 1 pm (ET) on October 16, 2018.
Register for the webinar
Workshop | Translating research into policy & practice

The University of Ottawa is offering this two-day workshop as a stand-alone course or as part of the U of Ottawa Certificate in Knowledge Management. The aim of the workshop is to learn how to "move beyond the 'publish or perish' tradition" through learning how to build relationships with stakeholders and other researchers, and develop other knowledge translation strategies to ensure your research has the most impact and relevance. Workshop dates: November 6-7, 2018. Additional sessions of the workshop will be offered in 2019.
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Presentation | Estimation & interpretation

Dr. Jennifer Ahern, University of California, Berkeley and Dr. Laura Balzer, University of Massachusetts-Amherst will present the SERtalks lecture “Estimation and interpretation: introduction to parametric and semi-parametric estimators for causal inference” on September 28, 2018 at 12 to 2 pm ET. The lecture will take place onsite at Boston University for those in the Boston area and will be available via live web conference.
Learn more and register for the lecture
Webinar | Using Real-world evidence to inform drug policy

“Using real world evidence to inform drug policy: Lessons and examples from Ontario” was a webinar presented in August 2018 by Dr. Mina Tadrous, Research Associate, Ontario Drug Policy Research Network (ODPRN); Assistant Professor, Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto; Fellow, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Sponsored by CADTH, the webinar introduces the topic of real-world evidence, examines potential applications, sources of data, and the impacts on drug policy.
View the recorded webinar

Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships program provides funding to postdoctoral fellows valued at $70,000 per year for two years. Applications must emphasize research collaboration between the applicant and the post-secondary institution where they are based. Deadline for applications: September 19, 2018.

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: October 31, 2018.

Both awards are 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.
International Research Funding - Mitacs

Senior undergraduate and graduate students in Canada are eligible to apply for funding of $6,000 for travel and living expenses to conduct research at a university abroad. For travel in January 2019, the deadline for applications is September 30, 2018. 
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Cochrane Library app

The Cochrane Library just launched the Cochrane Library App for mobile access to the latest evidence from the Cochrane Library. You can download the app free of charge from iTunes or GooglePlay. See the Cochrane website for details.
Blog | Plain-language summaries

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) KT Contact Blog features Iva Cheung, an editor with expertise in plain language who presents a primer on how to create plain-language summaries as "a vital ingredient in knowledge translation." Iva also provides a list of practical resources to help put plain language into practice with your research.
Read the blog
Blog | So you want to make an impact

In the London School of Economics Impact Blog, Australian researchers Megan Evans and Chris Cvitanovic summarize their research from a recent paper published in Palgrave Communications "An Introduction to achieving policy impact for early-career researchers." The blog presents practical tips on how to make a policy impact with your research. Well worth a read!

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