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Epidemiology Summer Seminar Series 2014

The Summer Seminar Series will take place from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Purvis Hall. These lectures, given by McGill and guest faculty, cover current issues in epidemiology, topics of special interest within the McGill community, as well as topics of international interest.


5 May, 2014

Denis Roy, VP Scientific Affairs, Institut national de santé publique du Québec.

Topic: Building High Performing Health Networks: reflections on Quebec’s experience over the last 10 years.


1) Discuss the policy rationale for Health Networks in modern Health Systems

2) Review key accomplishments of the last reform in Quebec since 2004

3) Explore relevant scientific contributions needed to guide and support further health system improvements 


12 May, 2014



19 May, 2014 - No Seminar (Victoria Day)


26 May, 2014

Pascal Michel, Director, Public Health Risk Sciences, Infectious Diseases Prevention and Control Branch, Public Health Agency of Canada

Topic: Tele-epidemiology applications to public health


1. To describe tools and methods linked to the domain of tele-epidemiology

2. To illustrate applications of tele-epidemiology in various public health functions

3. To summarize benefits and challenges in tele-epidemiology studies


2 June, 2014

George Thanassoulis, Director, Preventive and Genomic Cardiology, FRQ-S Clinician-Scientist/Chercheur-Boursier Clinicien, Assistant Professor of Medicine, McGill University

Topic: When Nature is the Trialist – Insights into Cardiovascular Disease Prevention


1.  To describe how genomics and Mendelian Randomization can provide evidence in support of preventive interventions and therapeutic targets

2.  To review the role of lipoprotein(a) and other lipoproteins in the development of valve disease

3.  To review how small proof-of-principle randomized trials using biological outcomes can support the development of novel therapeutic targets.


9 June, 2014

Christina Greenaway, Associate Professor of Medicine, McGill University, Division of Infectious Diseases, Jewish General Hospital

Topic: Viral Hepatitis in Immigrants:  Recognizing and Decreasing the Burden


1.  Review recent epidemiology of viral hepatitis in immigrants

2.  Provide a brief update on new screening recommendations for viral hepatitis

3.  Discuss rational screening and vaccination strategies for viral hepatitis in immigrants


16 June, 2014

Dick Menzies, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University.

Greg Fox, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit, McGill University.

Andrea Benedetti, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill University.

Topic:  Using individual patient data meta-analysis to evaluate the treatment of drug resistant tuberculosis


1.  To describe methodological and practical aspects of conducting individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis

2.  To explore novel approaches to treatment allocation in IPD meta-analysis of non-randomized studies

3.  To understand the potential strengths and weaknesses of IPD meta-analysis.