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Epidemiology Seminars

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Spring 2015 Department Seminars:






John P.A. Ioannidis, MD, DSc
January 7th
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention
Professor of Medicine, of Health Research and Policy, and of Statistics.
Director, Stanford Prevention Research Center(SPRC
Co-Director, Meta-Resarch Innovation Center(METRICS), Stanford University
Exposure-wide Association Studies






Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DrPH

January 28th
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
Assoc. Prof. of Medicine & Epidemiology
Harvard Medical School & Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Hiding in plain view: the need for a randomized trial of aspirin for breast cancer survival

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David Siscovick, MD, MPH

Fenruary 4th
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
Senior Vice President for Research
The New York Academy of Medicine
Strategic Transformation of a Clinical Cardiovascular Epidemiologist: Back to the Future

Fall 2014 Department Seminars:







Bernard L. Harlow, PhD
October 1st
4:00-5:00pm | FXB G12
Mayo Professor and Division Head, Epidemiology & Community Health
Associate Director, CTSI Populations and Community Engagement Core
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Vulvodynia: Prevalent, Debilitating, Poorly Understood: Exploring Biopsychosocial Hypotheses

Check out the seminar recording here.

Hagit Hochner, PhD
October 16th
2:00-3:00pm | Kresge 907
Lecturer in Epidemiology
Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Jerusalem, Israel
Cardiometobolic Disease: Can You Blame It on Your Parents?







M. Asunción Lara, PhD
October 20th
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G13
National Institute of Psychiatry, Mexico
Challenges Preventing Postpartum Depression in Mexican Pregnant Women

Check out the seminar recording here.

Olli S. Miettinen, MD, PhD
October 23rd
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G12
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor of Occupational Health
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Cultivating Educational Excellence in Epidemiology: Call for Leadership by Harvard

Olli S. Miettinen, MD, PhD
October 24th | 9:30-4:30pm
9:30-12:30pm – Kresge 907 | 12:30-4:30pm – Kresge 204
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Professor of Occupational Health
McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Avant-Garde Thinking in Epidemiology

Dan G. Blazer, MD, MPH, PhD
BRAIN HEALTH COLLOQUIUM – Presentation of the 2014/15 Harvard Award in Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics
October 29th
4:00-5:00pm | Kresge 907
JP Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Emeritus
Duke University Medical Center
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Epidemiology of Substance Use Disorders in Mid and Later Life: How Concerned Should We Be

*Sponsored by Dr. Ming Tsuang and Mrs. Snow Tsuang

Muin J. Khoury, MD, PhD
November 5th
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
Director, Office of Public Health Genomics
Center for Disease Control
Transforming Epidemiology for 21st Century Medicine and Public Health

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Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD
November 13th
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G12
Professor of Epidemiology
The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment
City University of New York & Department of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Has Epidemiology Become Infatuated With Methods?
*This seminar is co-sponsored with the MPH Program at HSPH

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The 160th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine:
December 3rd, 4-5pm, Kresge G1 (Snyder Auditorium)
Kenneth Rothman Photo
Kenneth Rothman, DrPH

Distinguished Fellow, Research Triangle Institute
“The Growing Rift Between Epidemiologists and Their Data”

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Michelle D. Holmes, MD, DrPH
January 28th
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
Assoc. Prof. of Medicine & Epidemiology
Harvard Medical School & Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Hiding in Plain View: the Need for a Randomized Trial of Aspirin for Breast Cancer Survival

Summer Epi Seminars:

Friday, June 20th
francine laden
Francine Laden, ScD, MS
Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Epidemiology
Maps to Mobile: Evolution of Exposure Assessment in Studies of Chronic Diseases
FXB G11 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Mental Health in Latin America Special Seminar Series
Monday, July 7th 
Ronald Kessler
Psychiatric Epidemiology and Global Health
Ronald C. Kessler, PhD
McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy Harvard Medical School
FXB G12 | 12:30-1:30pm

Wednesday, July 9th
Jose Miguel
Implications of Epidemiological Studies for Mental Health Policy and Services Development in Latin America & the Caribbean
José Miguel Caldas de Almeida, MD, PhD
Head, Department of Mental Health NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal
FXB G12| 12:30-1:30pm

Thursday, July 10th
Sergio Aguilar
If You Build It, Will They Come? Addressing Mental Health Treatment Gaps in Latinos
Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, MD, PhD
Director, UC Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine University of California, Davis
FXB G12 | 12:30-1:30pm

Friday, July 11th
Graham Thorncroft
Balancing Mental Health Care in the Caribbean and Latin America
Graham Thornicroft
Professor of Community Psychiatry Health Service and Population Research Dept King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry
FXB G12 | 12:30-1:30pm

Monday, June 9th
Fredrik Wiklund
Fredrik Wiklund, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden
Prostate Cancer Prognosis: Is there a Genetic Component?
FXB G12 | 12:30-1:30pm


Spring Semester Epi Seminars:

Wednesday, May 14th
Donna Spiegelman, M.S., Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiologic Methods
Departments of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Nutrition
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Translational Epidemiology: An Overview of Theory, Methods and Practice
Kresge 502 | 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Wednesday, April 16th
MA Williams
Michelle A. Williams, ScD
Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Through the Transdisciplinary Prism: Stressors, Stress Response, and Preterm Birth
Kresge 502 | 12:30-1:30pm

Wednesday, April 16th
Everett Worthington
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., PhD
with Katherine Kulick and Brandon J. Griffin
Virginia Commonwealth University
Understanding and Promoting Forgiveness of Self and Others
Kresge 201 | 12:30pm-1:30pm

Friday, April 11th
Robert Schneider
Robert Schneider, MD, FACC
Professor and Director, Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa
MIND-BODY-HEART: Evidence for the Role of Meditation in the Primary and Secondary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge G2

Monday, April 7th
Sandro Galea
Sandro Galea, MD, MPH, DrPH
Anna Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor of Epidemiology
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
The Consequences of Consequentialism: What Matters Most, Avoiding Misdirections, and Translating the Science
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G12

Wednesday, April 2nd
Dale Sandler

Dale P. Sandler, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH, DHHS
The GuLF STUDY: Design, challenges and preliminary observations on the health of oil spill clean-up workers
12:30 – 1:30pm | Kresge 502

Thursday April 3rd
Wanda Barfield
Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, FAAP
Captain, U.S. Public Health Service
Director, Division of Reproductive Health Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health Approaches to the Prevention of Infant Mortality: the intersection of epidemiology, policy, and quality improvement
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502

Monday March 31st
Stephen Gilman
Stephen Gilman, Sc.D.
Associate Professor, Departments of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The developmental origins of social inequalities in common mental disorders
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G11

Thursday, March 27th
Brian Buijsse, PhD
PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology, Wagenigen University Netherlands
Research Fellow at the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbrucke, Department of Epidemiology, Germany
Nutrients, foods and overall diet patterns in relation to chronic disease risk: A European perspective
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 213

Symposium on Advances in Endometrial 
Cancer Epidemiology and Biology
This symposium included experts from epidemiology, biology, pathology, psychology, health policy, and clinical practice to exchange up-to-date findings and new ideas. The goal of the symposium was to identify high-priority research questions that will have a tangible impact on reducing incidence of and improving outcomes for endometrial cancer.   The event was held on March 13th and 14th.   Visit the symposium’s webpage to learn more.

Wednesday March 12th
Stephen Sidney
Stephen Sidney, MD, MPH
Co-Director, Kaiser-UCSF Stroke Program (KUSP)
The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study: Overview, Resources, and Findings from Over 25 Years of Follow-up
12:30 – 1:30pm | Kresge 502

Tuesday, March 4th
Vikram Patel
Vikram Patel, MRCPsych, PhD, FMedSci

Professor of International Mental Health Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the Public Health Foundation of India and Sangath
Transforming Lives, Enhancing Communities: Innovations in Global Mental Health
12:30-1:30pm | Kresge G2

Wednesday, February 26th
“Works in Progress” Seminars 12:30-1:30pm | Kresge 502
Reiko Nishihara, PhD
Reiko Nishihara
Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Paradigm Gives Clues to Epidemiologic Paradoxes

Marcia de Oliveira Otto, PhD
Marcia Otto
Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Novel Metrics of Dietary Diversity and Their Associations with Change in Waist Circumference and Incident Diabetes in US Adults

Monday, February 24th
Arup K. Chakraborty
Arup K. Chakraborty
Departments of Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, & Biological Engineering Institute for Medical Engineering & Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, & Harvard
How to hit HIV where it hurts
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G13

Wednesday, February 19th

Tyler VanderWeele, PhD
Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
A unification of mediation and interaction
12:30-1:30pm, Kresge 502

Tuesday, February 18th
Jose L. Penalvo, PhD
Spanish National Center for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC)
Lifestyle and cardiovascular health: Promotion and prevention approaches in children and adults in Spain
12:30-1:30pm | FXB G13

Thursday, February 13th
Paul Rainey, PhD
New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study, Auckland, New Zealand and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany
What multi-level selection (and the origins of multicellularity) might tell us about the evolution of pathogens
12:30 – 1:30 pm | FXB, Room G12

Wednesday, February 12th 2014
Erica Warner
Erica T. Warner, ScD.
Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Racial Disparities in Breast Cancer Incidence and Survival: The Importance of Subtype
12:30-1:30pm FXB-G13

Wednesday, February 5th 2014
Chirag Patel

Chirag Patel, PhD
Research Associate Center for Biomedical Informatics Harvard Medical School
Environment-wide Association Studies Toward a More Comprehensive View of Health and Disease 
12:30-1:30pm Kresge 502

Thursday, February 6th 2014
GHP Epi Seminar onehealth 1
The Human Ecology program at the Dept. of Global Health and Population, HSPH and Health Roots Student Group at HSPH present:
A seminar by Robert G. Wallace, Ph. D.
Institute of Global Studies, University of Minnesota
Whose ‘One Health’? Epidemiology as a Resource War
12:30 pm |  Kresge G – 2

Wednesday, January 29th 2014
Camila Martin

Camilia R. Martin, MD MS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Associate Director, NICU, Department of Neonatology
Director for Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnerships, Division of Translational Research, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Nutritional Immunomodulation of the Preterm Infant

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Bert Hofman
Albert Hoffman, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
The Alzheimer Enigma: Epidemiological Studies of the Causes of Dementia

[Special Seminar] Colin Rehm, MPH
PhD Candidate in Epidemiology, University of Washington
Diet cost and risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the Women’s Health Initiative: does diet cost mediate the association between socioeconomic status and cardiometabolic disease?

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Allen Wilcox

Allen Wilcox, PhD
Senior Investigator, Epidemiology Branch, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH
Editor-in-Chief, EPIDEMIOLOGY
When epidemiologic methods meet clinical practice: The tale of preeclampsia and fetal mortality

Friday, January 24th, 2014
Ask-the-Editor, Epidemiology Session
An informal Session with Dr. Allen Wilcox, Editor-in-Chief, Epidemiology
and Dr. Miguel Hernan, Editor, Epidemiology

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
RPPE Symposium Photo

Women’s Health Symposium
A Life-course Approach to Women’s Health
Presented by: Reproductive, Perinatal, & Pediatric Epidemiology and Maternal & Child Health
Keynote speaker: George Davey Smith, MD, MSc, MA. Professor of Clinical Epidemiology – University of Bristol, UK

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014
David Rush

David Rush, MD
Professor Emeritus, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy Tufts University
There is a profound decrement in intellectual accomplishment among 5 and 10 year old children of smokers compared to non-smokers in the 1970 British national birth cohort: Is it smoke, or the smoker?

Friday, January 10th, 2014
Sofi Rosen, PhD. Biostatistics, University of Haifa, Israel
Constrained inference in mixed-effects models for longitudinal data with application to hearing loss

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Paolo Boffetta

Paolo Boffetta, MD, MPH
Professor and Director, Institute for Translational Epidemiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
Global Cancer Estimates: The Evolving Picture of Cancer in the World


Fall 2013 Seminars:

Monday December 16th, 2013
Jennifer Allen
Jennifer Allen, DSc, MPH
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Working with Faith-based Organizations to Provide Cancer Control Interventions for Underserved Latinos

Wednesday December 11th, 2013


Isha Agarwal, MD
ScD Candidate Harvard Medical School Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Glycemic Dysregulation and Fibrosis-related Biomarkers in Older Adults

Juan Wu
Juan Wu, MS
ScD Candidate in Nutrition Epidemiology Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Prospective Study of Omega3 Fatty Acids and Carotenoids and the Risk of Age-related Macular Degeneration

December 4th:
Jonathan Freeman Symposium on Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Wednesday November 20th, 2013

Anne Esklid, MD
Professor in obstetrics and gynecology University of Oslo, Norway
Head, Section of Research, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Akershus University Hospital, Norway
Population studies on placental weight: lessons to lean about human adaptability

Tuesday November 19th, 2013
Karestan Koenen

Karestan C. Koenen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Psychiatric-Neurological Epidemiology Cluster
Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
The life course burden of PTSD  

Tuesday November 5th, 2013

Michael McCullough
Michael McCullough, PhD
Professor of Psychology, University of Miami 
Is Religion Really for Cooperation? A View from Parent-Offspring Conflict Theory 

Wednesday November 6th, 2013

Audrey Pettifor
Audrey Pettifor, MPH, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Preventing HIV among young women in Sub-Saharan Africa: is cash the answer?

Wednesday October 30th, 2013

Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiologic Methods
Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Instrumental Variable-type Methods to Tame Selectivity Bias in Epidemiology

Wednesday October 23rd, 2013

Amir Lahav
Amir Lahav, ScD, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Pediatrics Newborn Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Maternal Deprivation and Language Development in Preterm Infants

Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

Rachel Kelly
Rachel S. Kelly, BSc(Hons), MPH
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Imperial College London
Novel Strategies for the Identification of Predictive Biomarkers Lessons from Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Nora Franceschini
Nora Franceschini, MD, MPH
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Cardiovascular Disease Section
Gillings School of Public Health University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Cardiovascular Health Using Genomics

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

Judette Louis
Judette Louis, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology University of South Florida
Community and Family Health, USF College of Public Health
Sleep Disordered Breathing in Pregnancy: A Scientific Journey

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Kathryn Wilson
Kathryn Wilson, Sc.D.

Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Bone metabolism and bone metastases in prostate cancer


Sara Lindstrom
Sara Lindstroem, MSc, PhD

Research Scientist, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Zooming in on breast cancer genetics: Sequencing in population based cohorts

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013


Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD, MPH, DrPH
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Drug Safety During Pregnancy: What to Expect when You’re Expecting

Tuesday, September 4, 2013


Abraham Aviv, MD
Professor and Director Center of Human Development and Aging Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Jersey Medical School
Telomere and Human Health: The Illusion of Knowledge

Upcoming Seminars

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