2017 Seminar

Fall 2017 Department Seminars

Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD
Professor and Immediate Past Chair
Department of Epidemiologyand Biostatistics at UCSF;
Associate Director for Population Science
of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Tuesday December 12 1:00pm Kresge G3
Implementation Science to Reduce the Population Cancer Burden:
The San Francisco Cancer Initiative SF-CAN

Lee Goldman, MD, MPH
Harold and Margaret Hatch Professor and Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, Columbia University Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Wednesday November 29 1:00pm Kresge 502
Too Much of a Good Thing:
Implications for Public Health, Modern Medicine, and U.S. Presidential Elections

David Celentano, ScD, MHS
Professor and Charles Armstrong Chair of the
Department of Epidemiology,
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Wednesday November 8 1:00pm Kresge 502
Integrated Care Centers to Reduce HIV Transmission
in Key Populations in India

Sudha Seshadri, MD
Professor of Neurology
Boston University School of Medicine
Wednesday November 1 1:00pm Kresge 502
Evolving Epidemiology: Population Neuroscience in Framingham Study


Dr. Giovannucci headshotEdward Giovannucci, MD, ScD
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology,
Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday October 18 1:00pm Kresge 502
Diet, Physical Activity, Body Weight and Cancer:
An Integrated Perspective

Tyler VanderWeele, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology, Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday October 11 1:00pm Kresge 502
Sensitivity Analysis in Observational Research:

Introducing the E-value

Breteler-HeadshotMonique M.B. Breteler, MD, PhD
Director of Population Health Sciences,
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE);
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Chan School
Wednesday October 4 1:00pm Kresge 502
Brain Imaging in Epidemiology

van-Duijn_headshotCornelia van Duijn, PhD
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology
Erasmus University MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Wednesday September 27 1:00pm Kresge 502
Challenges Translating Genetic and
Molecular Epidemiology into Prevention

Julie Palmer HeadshotJulie Palmer, ScD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology,
Boston University School of Public Health;
Associate Director of the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University
Wednesday September 13 1:00pm Kresge 502
Type 2 Diabetes in Relation to Breast Cancer Risk:

Results from the Black Women’s Health Study

David Jones headshotDavid S. Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine
Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine
Harvard University
Wednesday September 6 1:00pm Kresge 502
If the Framingham Heart Study Did Not
Invent the Risk Factor Idea, Who Did?

Spring 2017 Department Seminars

Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH

Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor
School of Public Health
Boston University
Wednesday May 10 12:30pm Kresge 502
The optimist’s dilemma:
moving towards an ever more consequential epidemiology

Sperling HeadshotReisa A. Sperling, MD, MMSc
Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment,
Brigham and Women’s Hospital;
Professor, Department of Neurology,
Harvard Medical School;
Wednesday April 26 12:30pm Kresge 502
The Evolution of Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease:
Implication for Alzheimer’s Prevention Trials

Shahn HeadshotZach Shahn
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday April 19 12:30pm Kresge 502
A Formal Counterfactual Treatment of the Case-Crossover Design
A New Method (and Assumptions) For Control
of Unobserved Baseline Confounding:
G-Estimation of Subject Specific Structural Nested Mean Models

Katrina Armstrong, MD
Physician-in-Chief and Chair,
Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Wednesday April 12 12:30pm Kresge 502
Unraveling Racial Disparities in Precision Medicine:

Person, Place or Time?


James M. Robins, MD
Mitchell L. and Robin LaFoley Dong Professor
of Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday April 5 12:30pm Kresge 502
Mediation Analysis and Path Specific Effects:
An Interventionist Perspective

JoAnn E. Manson, MD, DrPH
Chief, Division of Preventive Medicine
Professor of Medicine and the
Michael and Lee Bell Professor or Women’s Health Harvard Medical School
Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday March 29 12:30pm Kresge 502
Controversies in Women’s Health
Aspirin, Estrogen, and Vitamin D

Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Boston University of Medicine and Public Health
Wednesday March 22 12:30pm Kresge 502
The Epidemiology of Atrial Fibrillation

Wednesday, March 8 12:30pm Kresge 502
The Sequential Parallel Comparison Design (SPCD): Rationale, Statistical Approaches, and Early Experience in Trials

David Schoenfeld, PhD
Professor in the Department of Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Maurizio Fava, MD
Director, Division of Clinical Research,
MGH Research Institute Executive Vice Chair,
MGH Department of Psychiatry Executive Director, MGH
Clinical Trials Network and Institute (CTNI)
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research
Slater Family Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Sander Greenland, DrPH
Professor Emeritus, Departments of Epidemiology and Statistics,
University of California, Los Angeles
Wednesday March 1 12:30pm Kresge 502
Evidence Wars:
Statistical ergonomics and the information content of a P-value

Jaap Goudsmit, MD, PhD
Professor of Natural History and Pathogenesis of Neurodegenerative Diseases,
Neuroscience Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Free University;
Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;
Global Head, Janssen Prevention Center
Wednesday February 15 12:30pm Kresge 502
The Restricted Prion Concept, Causality and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease

Frank Hu, MD, PhD
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Chair,Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Wednesday February 8 12:30pm Kresge 502
From Precision Medicine to Precision Nutrition: Hype or Hope?

“Works-in-Progress” Postdoc Seminar Session
Wednesday January 25 12:30pm Kresge 502

Jacqueline Cohen, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Epidemiology
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Psychostimulant Use and Risk of Placental Complications


Linbo Wang, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Biostatistics
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

A Novel Model for Binary Data Analysis

Timothy Rebbeck, PhD
Professor of Cancer Epidemiology
Department of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health
Professor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Wednesday February 1 12:30pm Kresge 502
Toward a Precision Approach to Cancer Prevention

Christopher O’Donnell, MD, MPH
Chief, Cardiology Section and Director,
Center for Population Genomics, Boston VA Healthcare,
Cardiovascular Division, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Wednesday, January 18 12:30pm Kresge 502
Cardiovascular Genomics in Large Populations:
From Discovery to Translation to Implementation in the Era of Precision Medicine

Paolo Boffetta HeadshotPaolo Boffetta, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Oncological Sciences and Preventive Medicine,
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC
Associate Director for Population Sciences of
The Tisch Cancer Institute
Wednesday, January 11 12:30pm Kresge G2
Epidemiology and the Prevention of Cancer