Seminars in Epidemiology

Epidemiology Seminars - Fall 2022

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-Fall 2022 will be held in hybrid format from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Mondays at the Leacock Building, Rm 219, 855 Sherbrooke Street W. (For the Zoom links please click on title)


September 26, 2022 Geneviève Cadieux/Robert Allard/Pascale Leclerc/Céline Signor (Montreal Public Health) Applied epidemiology at Montreal Public Health: Monkeypox, COVID-19, and Beyond

1. Describe how some epidemiological methods and statistical analyses are used to investigate communicable disease outbreaks and guide interventions aimed at controlling transmission;

2. Describe how some epidemiological methods and statistical analyses are used to evaluate population-level outcomes of public health interventions at Montreal Public Health;

3. Identify various opportunities for practical learning, graduate student research and remunerated employment for epidemiologists at Montreal Public Health.


October 17, 2022 Stephanie Nixon (Queens)      
October 24, 2022 Laís Picinini Freitas (UdeM) Spatio-Temporal Distribution and Associated Environmental and Ssocioeconomic Factors: Studying a Triple Epidemic of Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya

1. Review the epidemiology of dengue, Zika and chikungunya, and the challenges in the prevention and control of these arboviral diseases;

2. Review the different factors (demographic, environmental and socioeconomic) associated with the spatio-temporal distribution of arboviral diseases;

3. Discuss how spatio-temporal analyses can help in public health strategies.
October 31, 2022 Michel Rossignol (McGill) Epidemiology in the Courtroom: Where Uncertainties Learn to Tango with the Truth

1. Know the judicial criteria for the assessment of scientific evidence;

2. Understand the difference between scientific and judicial concepts of causality;

3. Comprehend the opportunities and the limitations of the role played by a scientific advisor in a courtroom.

November 14, 2022 Julian Santaella-Tenorio (NYU) Unintended Consequences of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Legislation in the United States

1. Review the landscape of medical and recreational marijuana laws in the United States and current concerns about the unintended consequences of these laws;

2. Describe the methods and findings from studies examining the associations between medical/recreational marijuana laws and health outcomes;

3. Discuss limitations of previous studies and current gaps in knowledge to help prevent unintended consequences of these laws.

November 21, 2022 Brooke Levis (McGill) & Lauren Maxwell (U Heidelberg)      
November 28, 2022 Josée Dupuis (McGill)      


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