Previous Seminars (Archive)

Preserving African Commemorative Fabrics: Implications for Social Understanding and Public Health
- Seminar by EMILIE SONGOLO
Monday, November 23, 2015
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Calit2 Auditorium
EMILIE SONGOLO

Commemorative fabrics express a variety of messages on a wide scale, from remembering the life of a beloved historical figure, advertising a political candidate or a product, congratulating someone on their graduation, to celebrating a country's independence. While they serve the everyday purpose of clothing, rags, or swaddling, commemorative fabrics also act as vehicles of a message within a given community. However, due to... read more

Climate Change and Health: Epidemiological Evidence and Policy Challenge
- Seminar by Tarik Benmarhnia, Ph.D.
Monday, November 16, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Tarik Benmarhnia, Ph.D.

Climate change is an important and emerging threat to public health. In this seminar, I will first introduce the use of climate modelling to assess the impact of climate change on public health and present challenges related to the notion of uncertainty. I will then present the epidemiological evidence related to the notion of vulnerability in the impacts of heat on mortality. Tarik Benmarhnia completed doctoral studies in... read more

Obesity and Gastrointestinal Cancers: Evidence, Debates and Implications
- Seminar by Yunxia Lu, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Monday, November 9, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Yunxia Lu, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Growing evidence shows that obesity plays an important role on changing incidence pattern of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers during the past decades. Based on epidemiological and clinical evidence, we have investigated whether phenotypes of obesity, obesity related biomarkers, nutrients or diet patterns were associated with risk of GI cancers. Several obesity-related pathways have been hypothesized. Obesity-driven chronic... read more

Bayesian Non-Inferiority Trial Design in Comparative Effectiveness Research for Continuous Outcome
- Seminar by Samiran Ghosh, PhD
Friday, November 6, 2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Calit2 Auditorium
Samiran Ghosh, PhD

Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are an indispensable source of information about efficacy of treatments in almost any disease area. With the availability of multiple treatment options, comparative effectiveness research (CER) is gaining importance for better and informed health care decisions. However design and analysis of effectiveness trial is much more complex than the efficacy trial. The effect of including an active... read more

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