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The Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health - Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the maintenance of certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


The Seminar Series-Winter/Summer 2015 will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Mondays.  Please click on speaker name for venue.



12 January, 2015

50th Anniversary Guest Speaker - Martin Amphitheater - Room 504 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Sonia Anand, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at McMaster University, Hamilton and Director of McMaster Population Genomics Program

Topic:  Global Epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes in the South Asian Diaspora


1)  To review the underlying causes of the type 2 diabetes amond South Asians  

2)  To describe how risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases may also be associated with certain cancers 

3)  To describe prevention strategies at the individual and population levels 


19 January, 2015 - NO SEMINAR

SPECIAL WORKSHOP - Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 University, Jeanne Timmins Auditorium 1-5pm 

Jack Colford, MPH, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley

Topic:  Impact Evaluation for Public Health Professionals:  Methods, Examples, and Future Opportunities


26 January, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Lise Gauvin, PhD, Professor, Department of Social & Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

Topic:  Reach, Acceptability, and Outcomes of Population Health Interventions Aimed at Health Behaviours: Overcoming of Methodological Challenges to Produce Practically-Relevant Findings


1)  Define the concept of population health intervention research;    

2)  Describe methodological challenges involved in conducting population health intervention research;

3)  Outline the reach, acceptability, and outcomes of selected population health interventions aimed at increasing physical activity and reducing excessive preoccupation.



2 February, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Chantal Sauvageau, MD, MSc, FRCP(C), Médecin-conseil, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

Topic:  HPV vaccine: what, only 2 doses?


1)  Consolidate the evidence-based regarding HPV 2-dose schedule vaccination

2)  Elaborate on the reasons why Quebec uses a 2-dose HPV vaccination schedule for his HPV school-based program

3)  Summarize key ongoing studies on alternative HPV schedules


9 February, 2015

Meakins Amphitheater - Room 521 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Sasha Bernatsky, MD, FRCPC, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Divisions of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology, McGill University

Topic:  Systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease prevalence in Canada


1)  To understand some of the challenges of using billing and hospitalization administrative data to estimate chronic diseases in Canada  

2)  To become aware of recent effortrs to estimate systemic autoimmune rheumatic disease (SARD) prevalence with Canadian administrative data, using Bayesian latent class models 

3)  To appreciate what factors (including demographics) may affect not only SARD prevalence estimates, but also sensitivity and specify of case definitions based on administrative health data 


16 February, 2015

Palmer Amphitheater - Room 522 - McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Suzana Anjos, PhD, Responsible, Affaires Scientifiques, innovation et développement Projet CARTaGENE, CHU-Ste-Justine

Topic:  The CARTaGENE cohort: a deeply phenotyped public resource of samples and data for tracking population health in Quebec


1)  Provide and disseminate information about the contents of the cohort and the policies for accessing the resource  

2)  Increase awareness for the kinds of projects that use the resource 

3)  Communicate the latest findings of the research carried out within the sicentific arm of CARTaGENE 


23 February, 2015

50th Anniversary Guest Speaker - Palmer Amphitheater - Room 522, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Majid Ezzati, MEng, PhD, Professor of Global Environmental Health, MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, School of Public Health, Imperial College, London, London

Topic:  The Futue of Mortality and Longevity


1)  To describe methods for coherent and consistent forecasting of mortality  

2)  To provide an overview of past and potential future trends in mortality in national and subnational populations 

3)  To consider the potential drivers of these trends and the implications for public health and health systems 



2 March, 2015 - NO SEMINAR



9 March, 2015

50th Anniversary Guest Speaker - Martin Amphitheater - Room 504, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, Professor of Epidemiology at the Barry Commoner Center of City Univesisty of New York and at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York

Topic:  Enigmas of Health and Disease: How epidemiology helps unravel scientific mysteries


1)  Could epidemiology have emerged before the 17th century?  

2)  Did population thinking give access to a new kind of knowledge?

3)  Is epidemiology 353 years old? 


16 March, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Mark S. Goldberg, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University - Medical Scientist, MUHC - Research Institute

Topic:  The Hazards to the Environment and to Human Health from Hydrofracking


1)  To describe the environmental effects of hydrofracking  

2)  To describe the potential hazards to human health 

3)  To describe the need for a cogent energy policy to mitigate the effects of global warming and limit the damage done to the environment and to health 


23 March, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Moshe Ben-Shoshan, MD, Pediatric allergy and immunology specialist, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Montreal Children's Hospital

Topic:  Food Aallergy: Why is the prevalence increasing and how is it managed


1)  To assess sociodemographic factors, life style habits and genetic factors associated with food allergy  

2)  To assess the presence of modifiable factors associated with development of food allergy 

3)  To identify gaps related to management of food allergy 


30 March, 2015

Martin Amphitheater - Room 504, McIntyre Medical Building, 3655 promenade Sir William Osler

Ashley I. Naimi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, McGill University

Topic:  Causal Inference and Complex Systems Science: Towards Rigor and Realism in Epidemiologic Research


1)  Review basic causal inference concepts, with a focus on the parametric g-formula  

2)  Review complex systems science, with a focus on agent based models 

3)  Juxtapose these two conceptual frameworks, and critically assess various claims about their respective relations and potential to contribute to epidemiology 



18 May, 2015 - NO SEMINAR


4 May, 2015

Purvis Hall - Room 25, 1020 Pine Ave. West

Christina Wolfson, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health and Associate Member, Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery and Department of Mathematics & Statistics, McGill University

Topic:  The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging: A Platform for Studying Transitions and Trajectories of Aging and Health


1)  To describe the background, design and conduct of the CLSA

2)  To provide information on the potential for use of the CLSA as a research platform

3)  To summarize the steps to request access to the CLSA platform


11 May, 2015

Purvis Hall - Room 25, 1020 Pine Ave. West

Louise Pilote, MD, MPH, PhD, Professor of Medicine, James McGill Chair, Director, Division of General Internal Medicine, McGill University Health Center and McGill University

Topic:  Acute coronary syndrome in young adults: Are men from Mars and women from Venus?


1)  Review sex differences in prognosis, risk factors, presentation and access to health care for acute coronary syndrome

2)  Differentiate between sex and gender

3)  Explore the relative contribution of sex and gender in cardiovascular risk and outcome