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February 7, 2019


Congratulations to epidemiology faculty for securing four of the top ten most impactful JAMA publications in 2018. Articles and links below:

"Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion: The DIETFITS Randomized Clinical Trial." Christopher D. Gardner, John F. Trepanowski, Liana C. Del Gobbo, Michelle E. Hauser, Joseph Rigdon, John Ioannidis, Manisha Desai, Abby King.

"The Proposal to Lower P Value Thresholds to .005" John Ioannidis.

"The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans" Co-chair of United States Department of Health and Human Services 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, Abby King.

"The Challenge of Reforming Nutritional Epidemiologic Research." John Ioannidis.


YJ Tan

Christophe Tchakoute

Congratulations to PhD students, Yuan Jin Tan and Christophe Tchakoute, for passing their Qualifying Oral Exam last quarter!

Visiting Postdoc Scholars
photo of Signe Knudsen

Dr. Signe Knudsen is a medical doctor from Denmark who graduated from Aarhus University in 2013, and is currently undergoing specialization in rheumatology. Her main area of interest is reproductive outcomes and pregnancy in autoimmune rheumatic diseases. She is currently doing research on the long term cognitive development of children born to mothers with autoimmune rheumatic diseases. She is visiting Dr. Julia Simard through June 30, 2019.

Dr. Renata Hansen is a Visiting Scholar from the Lupus and Vasculitis Clinic at Rigshospital, Denmark, where she has received her specialty training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. Her key interests are clinical outcomes in systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE). In collaboration with Dr. Julia Simard, she is currently working on a research project evaluating the burden of comorbidities and damage in SLE patients and their family members. She will be visiting Stanford until August 31, 2019.

Visiting Professor

Dr. Sean Hennessy is a Professor of Epidemiology and of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, where he leads the Center for Pharmacoepidemiology Research and Training. Sean’s research focuses on the health effects of drug-drug interactions and of weather-drug interactions, and on the development of novel epidemiologic research methods. In addition to his research, Sean co-chairs a committee that evaluates and improves medication use in the University of Pennsylvania Health System, leads Penn’s pharmacoepidemiology training programs, and leads an annual pharmacoepidemiology certificate program for FDA scientists. Sean is visiting Stanford on sabbatical until April to work on regulatory science with Steve Goodman, to spend time in Russ Altman’s bioinformatics lab, to explore the Northern California coast, and to escape the Philadelphia winter.   


"How to Conduct a Cochrane
Systematic Review"

March 28-29, 2019
8:30am-5:30pm (both days)

This intensive, 2-day workshop co-hosted by Cochrane Eyes and Vision U.S. Satellite, the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), and the Division of Epidemiology will guide participants through steps of developing a systematic review using the latest Cochrane methodology. It will offer lectures and hands-on sessions, providing plenty of opportunities to apply the methods and interact with the faculty.

Registration Deadline - March 1, 2019
More Info

"Second Stanford Colloquium on
Causal Inference and Machine Learning"

April 29 or May 9

(final date TBD)
Recent Publications

Abby King and affiliates from the Stanford Prevention Research Center published a discussion piece in Preventive Medicine.
"Maximizing the Promise of Citizen Science to Advance Health and Prevent Disease"

Steve Goodman, Mark Cullen, and Stanford colleague Sharad Goel published an editorial about the concerns of machine learning in the health 
"Machine Learning, Health Disparities, and Causal Reasoning"

PhD student Christophe Tchakoute, Kristin Sainani, and colleagues published an article in AIDS.
"Breastfeeding mitigates the effects of maternal HIV on infant infectious morbidity in the Option B+ era"

PhD student Stelios Serghiou and epidemiology faculty member, Steven Goodman, were published in JAMA.
"Random-Effects Meta-analysisSummarizing Evidence With Caveats"

PhD student YJ TanJohn Ioannidis, and colleagues were published in Annals of Internal Medicine.
"Limitations and Misinterpretations of E-Values for Sensitivity Analyses of Observational Studies"

Kristin Sainani and Steve Goodman show why a blood test for autism just put on the market (for $1K), based on a paper in Biological Psychiatry, doesn't work.
'Lack of Diagnostic of "Amino Acid Dysregulation Metabotypes"'

Steve Goodman suggest in Nature that we put a confidence index on every claim:
"How sure are you of your result? Put a number on it."

New Grants

David Rehkopf, working with Lee Sanders and Mark Cullen, received a grant to research the long-term health outcomes of children whose household utilized the New Deal programs during the Great Depression.
"The long-term health effects of the New Deal: An 80 year follow-up of 4 cohorts"

Abby King recently received a grant to study the effects of social support via app in increasing Latina physical activity.
"Caminamos: A location-based Smartphone App for latinas to Connect with Nearby Walking Partners"

Co-PIs David Rehkopf and Tim Assimes received a new grant exploring the linkage between DNA methylation and early life exposure to racial/ethnic or socioeconomic disparities.
"Using census data linkages to study long-term impacts on disparities in DNA methylation"

Abby King is involved with a grant looking to assist senior support through smart voice-activated eyewear.
"The Cosmos/Vue Smart Eyeglass – HAM System Platform"
Upcoming Events

*Student presentations*
February 12, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Characterizing Patients with Chronic Pain Who Report Use of Cannabis and Opioids"
Dr. Vafi Salmasi, Instructor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clincal Research
"Hypertension Associated with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors Targeting Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor"
Sarah Wailany, MD candidate and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
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February 19, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"The Trend-in-Trend Research Design"
Dr. Sean Hennessy, Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and of Pharmacology
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*Student presentations*
February 26, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Prevalence of Twenty-Four Urine Testing in Veterans with Urinary Stone Disease"
Calyani Ganesan, Postdoctoral Medical Fellow (Nephrology) and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
"Liver transplantation for Neuroendocrine Live Metases: Constructing a Global Outcomes Database"
Chris Jensen, MD candidate and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
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*Student presentations*
March 5, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Diuretics in the Critically-Ill"
Ian McCoy, Fellow (Nephrology) and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
"Health-Related Quality of Like in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry"
Marissa Borgese, MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
"The Stanford Proxy Test for Delirium (S-PTD) and Quick Stanford Proxy Test for Delirium (qS-PTD), a Large Multicenter Validation Study for an Innovative Delirium Screening Tool"
Mario Benitez-Lopez, MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
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*Student presentations*
March 12, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Retinoblastoma Enucleation: A Population-Based Study, SEER 18 2000-2014"
Nitya Rajeshuni, MD candidate and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
"An Exploration of Dermatomyositis Histopathology"
Paige Wolstencroft, MD candidate and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research

March 28-29, 2019, 8:30am-5:30pm (both days)
"How to Conduct a Cochrane Systematic Review"
Featured panelists: HRP faculty
Student Workshop leads: Stelios Serghiou (PhD candidate) and Jack O'Sullivan (METRICS post-doc)
Registration Deadline - March 1, 2019
More Info

Recent Events

December 3, 2018, 5-6:30pm, HRP Atrium
Epidemiology Supper Club
"What's the problem with nutritional research?"
Faculty discussant - John Ioannidis

December 4, 2018, 1:30-2:45pm, Li Ka Shing Center LK120
"Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Health in Older Adults"
Dr. Katie Stone, Senior Scientist, California Pacific Medical Center Research
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January 8, 2019, 1:30-2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Contrast Nephropathy: Common Cause of AKI, or Much Ado About Nothing?"
Dr. Glenn Chertow, Professor of medicine (Nephrology) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
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January 15, 2019, 1:30-2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Using 23andMe Data to Understand the Features and Causes of Parkinson's Disease"
Dr. Karl Heilbron, Postdoctoral Computational Biologist at 23andMe
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January 22, 2019, 1:30-2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Sleep Disorders, Chronic Diseases, and Health: Still Emerging as a Research Field?"
Dr. F. Javier Nieto, Dean and Professor of the College of Public Health and Human Science
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January 29, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Polygenic Risk Scores to Predict Coronary Artery Disease: Ready for Prime Time?"
Dr. Themistocles Assimes, Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine) and, by courtesy, of Health Research and Policy (Epidemiology)
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*Student presentations*
February 5, 2019, 1:30 - 2:45pm, Medical School Office Building (MSOB), x303
"Association Between Clinical Severity of Heart Failure and 90-Day Postperative Mortality in Elective Noncardiac Surgery"
Benjamin Lerman, MD candidate and MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
"Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Postnatal Depression Readmissions"
Dr. Avis Chan, MS candidate of Epidemiology and Clinical Research
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Upcoming Presentations

"Inverse Probability Weighting and Marginal Structural Models"
Speaker: Michelle Odden
To be given at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

"Pregnancy Outcomes in Women with Systemic Lupus in Population-Based Data: Findings and Methodological Challenges"
Speaker: Julia Simard
MSOB, x303, 2/28/2019

"How Should We Treat Blood Pressure in Older Adults? Why One Size Does Not Fit All"
Speaker: Michelle Odden
Stanford, Medicine Grand Rounds


Recent Presentations

"Cardiovascular Prevention, Healthy Aging, and Heterogeneity in Risk"
Speaker: Michelle Odden
MSOB, x303, 1/31/2019


¡Epi Methodsfest!

Upcoming in May
(Date TBD)

Social Events

Epidemiology Supper Club
February 11, 2019, 5-6:30pm, HRP T138B
"Probabilistic Bias Analysis"
Faculty discussant - Michelle Odden

Epi Community Luncheon
March 12, 2019, 12-1pm
HRP T115
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