In October 2017, a group of six Phd students set out with the ambitious goal of writing a publishable paper in 9 days. The group consisted of both experienced and novel students from various research-groups. We consider this pilot project to be a success, both because we achieved what we set out to do, and due to the learning experience of planning, delegating tasks, applying for money and working as a team.
Dear students, supervisors and EPINOR friends. Here is the EPINOR newsletter for October. We hope you will enjoy it! Please remember to send us useful tips if you have something to share with your fellow researches. Keep us up to date and send an email to email@example.com!
The BioStatEpi Summer School is situated beautifully at Castel Brando, a castle gazing over the small village Cison di Valmarino, an hour north of Venice. Transfer to/from the airport is organized by the school.
June 2017 I attended the course “Statistical practice in Epidemiology using R”. The course was held in Tartu, Estonia, which is roughly a 2.5 hour bus ride from Tallinn airport. Tartu is a beautiful and almost mediaeval town and sort of the Estonian equivalent to Oxford. Moreover, Estonia will most likely become one of the most interesting countries in the world for epidemiology as they have excellent patient registries and have genotyped a high share of the population.
Dear students, supervisors and EPINOR friends. Here is the EPINOR newsletter for June. We hope you will enjoy it! Please remember to send us useful tips if you have something to share with your fellow researches. Keep us up to date and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
August 21.-22. I attended the newly established NorDoc Conference at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, as an adminsitrative spy on behalf of EPINOR. It is possible that EPINOR will join the NorDoc collaboration in the future.
Hi! Dear students, supervisors and EPINOR friends. Here is the EPINOR newsletter for June. We hope you will enjoy it! Please remember to send us useful tips if you have something to share with your fellow researches. Keep us up to date and send an email to email@example.com!
Dear students, supervisors and EPINOR friends. Here is the EPINOR newsletter for May and early June. We hope you will enjoy it! Please remember to send us useful tips if you have something to share with your fellow researches. Keep us up to date and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
In the beginning of March 2017, I attended the one-week course “Epidemiological methods, beyond the basics” at University of Oslo. The course is recommended by EPINOR. It was an informative and challenging experience with engaging and experienced lecturers within different topics.
I was granted money from EPINOR to participate in the ENLP seminar 2017 a bit outside Luxemburg city. I can highly recommend this 8 days seminar, the teaching is of a very high level and the things you learn at this seminar you will be able to use afterwards both professionally and private.
Dear students, supervisors and EPINOR friends. Here is the EPINOR newsletter for March. We hope you will enjoy it! Please remember to send us useful tips if you have something to share with your fellow researches. Keep us up to date and send an email to email@example.com!
Your doctoral defense is like a freight train: There’s no stopping it, and the train seems to speed up the closer you get to the defense. Which makes it all the more important to prepare well for when it’s your turn!
Bigger and more complex data-sets have led to an increased interest in the field of data visualization, or graphic representation of data. To accurately present data visually is a powerful way to communicate to a more general audience.
In September 2016, I attended the two-weeks „Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis“ at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The school is a worldwide leading institution and involved some of their best researchers and experts for the teaching.
I recently attended the annual Summer school arranged by BiostatEpi – Association for information and training in biostatistics and epidemiology, including professors and researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Karolinska Institutet, and other European academic and public institutions.
This June I attended the Machine Learning Methods in Visualization for Big Data tutorial at the EuroVIS conference in Groningen, Netherlands.
Recently EPINOR offered me the amazing opportunity for a research stay at the University of Verona. The goal of this stay was to intensify an existing collaboration and transfer practical know-how to Bergen.
Every year Metrika organizes a Stata Summer School in Stockholm, this year they also organized a Winter School in February. The Winter school lasted one week, I participated in a two day course in how to handle missing data. The instructor was Paul Allison, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since I use Stata daily and have to handle large amounts of data conducting elaborate statistical analyses I thought it would be useful to attend a course to learn about more sophisticated and effective ways of using Stata.
From my own point of view, this residential course was a wonderful and useful learning experience that provided me with a once in a life-time opportunity of combining education, social, and cultural life in Florence.
In June 2015 Marte Petersen-Øverleir had the opportunity to attend the course “Linear and logistic regression analysis of epidemiologic data” in Rome, Italy. The course was organised by the Institute of Public Health at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
I can recommend this short course to anyone who uses Stata statistical software package for their analyses. The aim of the course is to make the students more efficient users of Stata. The course is well organised, with high quality tutoring and computer exercises to practice after each session.
In October 2015, I went to a seminar on theoretical frameworks in studies on sickness absence and disability pensions in Milan, together with one of my colleagues.
It had been some years since I used the structural equation modelling (SEM) framework in Mplus to analyse my data set, so I decided to take some courses in Oslo and refresh my self.
Silje L. Kaspersen, PhD candidate at NTNU, and her supervisor, Professor Johan Håkon Bjørngaard, were granted funding from EPINOR to participate at a course in advanced Stata at the University of Bristol, School of Social and Community Medicine. The course lasted for three days (18 hours), consisting of tutorials and practical sessions.
Collaboration is a vital part of good research activity. As researchers, we are obliged to identity opportunities for collaboration both within Norway and between countries. This is also an important part of network building. I was given a great opportunity to have a two week research stay at the Danish Statens Serum Insitut based on funding from EPINOR.
Late spring, from 25th of May to 5th of June 2014, I had an opportunity (many thanks to EPINOR!) to take part in the 46th Ten Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention held in Coorg, India. This seminar is organized by International Society for Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention (ISCEP) and taking place annually in different countries.
I was granted money from EPINOR to stay three months at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in North Carolina. The aim of the stay was to work on the first study in my PhD on maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and risk of cerebral palsy (CP) in offspring.
I took a course in “Survival analysis for clinicians” in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which was part of the Erasmus Winter Programme in 2015. The majority of the around 30 students taking the course were PhD and master students from Holland, but there were also a couple of Germans, plus two from Norway.
I recently was a visiting academic at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. My research stay lasted for one month, and EPINOR helped me with the funding.
The first two weeks of September I attended the Advanced Course in Epidemiological Analysis at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine, funded by EPINOR. I have previously taken part in some courses on statistical methods, but this was just something else.
We were granted money from EPINOR to participate in the Stat-XP (Statistical approaches tocharacterize the exposome from “-omics” platforms) in London 8–12, December 2014. With nobackground in biology, statistics or epidemiology we had an interesting few days in London!
Recently EPINOR offered me the amazing opportunity for a research stay at the “Melbourne School of Population and Global Health”. The goal of this stay was to merge data of three world-‐class databases, start analyses and draft a paper of a big dataset, using advanced statistical approaches.
Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Statistics Sander Greenland at the University of California, Los Angeles gave a presentation in March at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The title of his presentation was “Modern methods for (causal) modeling in health and medical science: Uses, cautions, limits “.
The course covered different topics in epidemiology included but not limited to methods and principles of epidemiology such as measurement, confounding, rates, risk and sampling surveys.
We were granted money from EPINOR to partake at the 13th International Congress of behavioral medicine. The conference was held in Groningen (or, as the locals say; ckhckkhckhkhhråningen), the Netherlands.
Researchers are truly privileged. I recently experienced this when spending three weeks in beautiful Tuscany (right outside the city of Florence) taking an intensive summer course in epidemiology and biostatistics. There were lecturers from multiple British, Danish, Deutch, Spanish and Italian universities.
I was granted funding from EPINOR to participate in the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology residential summer course in epidemiology which takes place every year in Florence, Italy.
In June 2014 I attended The 11th International Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem in Nara, Japan. The conference was organized by ICBEN (International Commission on the Biological Effects of Noise). I travelled together with my supervisor Gunn Marit Aasvang and another PhD student at my department, Kjell Vegard Weyde.
In May 2014 I had a pleasure to participate in the Rothman’s course “Epidemiologic Principles and Methods”. When I saw the EPINOR announcement of the course on Facebook in March I applied for it immediately. Although I had already taken several epidemiology courses by that time, I couldn’t resist taking this one.
This Summer School is organized by an international faculty, which includes professors and researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Karolinska Insitutet in Stockholm, and other European academic and public institutions. The venue is the picturesque Castello Brandolini Colomban , located in Cison di Valmarino, Treviso in Italy.
I can recommend this course to everyone who is doing research on observational data as it can provide you with many practical tools for methods on how to make causal inference in epidemiology.