Seminars in Epidemiology

Epidemiology Seminars - Winter 2021

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.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Seminar Series-Winter 2021 will take place from 4:00 to 5:00 PM every other Monday via ZOOM. (For Zoom links please click on title)

January 11, 2021 Alyssa Bilinski (Harvard University)
Goldilocks and the Pre-Intervention Time Series: How Long is "Just Right" and the Parallel Trends Implications

1. To understand why pre-intervention time periods that are too long or too short may introduce bias into estimates of causal effects;

2. To understand how to apply data driven estimators to select the length of the pre-intervention time period;

3. To understand how these estimators reduce bias and mean-squared error compared to traditional estimators.

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January 25, 2021 Xiangfei Meng (McGill)

How do Adverse Early Life Experiences Influence Our Mental Health?

1. Understand the importance of early life experiences in the subsequent health outcomes;

2. Be familiar with the potential mechanisms of early life experiences linking with subsequent mental health;

3. Recognize the roles of internal and external adaptive factors in the processes of early life experiences in subsequent mental health.


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February 8, 2021 Marc Beltempo  (McGill)

Resource Allocation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Does it Matter?


1. Review how large collaborative quality improvement initiatives have helped change outcomes of preterm infants;

2. Review how resource allocation, specifically nursing ratios and unit occupancy in the NICU can affect patient outcomes;

3. Discuss the current gaps in knowledge and barriers to help improve resource allocation in the NICU.


February 22, 2021 Kelly K. Anderson (Western University) Psychosis among Migrant Groups in Ontario: Differences in Risk, Access to Care, and Clinical Presentation at First Onset

1. To discuss the epidemiology of psychotic disorders among migrant groups in Ontario;

2. To describe the disparities faced by these groups when accessing psychiatric treatment;

3. To highlight perceived differences in clinical presentation for migrant groups at first hospitalization for psychotic disorder.


March 15, 2021 Joanna Merckx (McGill)      
March 29, 2021 Brett Thombs (McGill)      
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