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November 28, 2022

News

Senior/junior pharmacoepidemiologist/statistician's position at the University of Eastern Finland

November 28, 2022

We are looking a senior/junior pharmacoepidemiologist/statistician to work in a Horizon Europe-funded project on utilization of real-world data in regulatory decision-making at the University of Eastern Finland in Prof Anna-Maija Tolppanen's group.

You will be responsible for developing analysis protocols and analytic scripts for pharmacoepidemiological analyses assessing drug utilisation, differences in confounder structure and accounting for these differences in outcome analyses as well as performing the statistical analyses for Finnish data (available in early 2023). The project requires excellent statistical analysis skills and prior expertise in implementing different propensity score approaches such as IPTW.


NorPEN Seminar Series

September 19, 2022

This autumn, the NorPEN Education Group is initating a monthly NorPEN seminar series where we invite speakers to present new studies, novel tools and methods, and other topics of interest in pharmacoepidemiology.

The seminars are open to everyone interested in pharmacoepi and will take place once per month over Zoom. Please email norpen@meds.ki.se for the Zoom links.

Presentations will be 35-45 minutes followed by a Q&A with the presenter.

Seminar Schedule for Autumn 2022

12.00 Tuesday September 27th

Andrei Barbulescu from the Division of Clinical Epidemiology at Karolinska Insitutet will present his recently defended thesis work entitled "Pharmacoepidemiological studies in Rheumatoid Arthritis"

14.00 Thursday October 20th

Mollie Wood, assistant professor at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at University of North Carolina, will present "Medication use during pregnancy: what can we really learn from real world evidence?"

November - see you at the NorPEN conference in Tampere, Finland!

12.00 Tuesday December 13th

Jesper Hallas, Professor at University of Southern Denmark, will present his team's work on "Development and Validation of a Nordic Multimorbidity Index Based on Hospital Diagnoses and Filled Prescriptions"

Questions? Seminar suggestions? Please email: norpen@meds.ki.se

On behalf of the NorPEN Education Group

Carolyn Cesta, Karolinska Institutet

Laura Pazzagli, Karolinska Institutet

Ingvild Odsbu, Norwegian Institute of Public Health


Pharmacoepidemiology Summer School in Denmark 20-24 June 2022

April 5, 2022

Department of Clinical Epidemiology in Aarhus, Denmark is hosting its 7th annual pharmacoepidemiology summer school. This year's week-long course is titled Drugs, Diseases, Designs: Topics and methods in real-world pharmacoepidemiology.

Benefits and risks of treatments are only interpretable in the context of treated patients with a given disease. In this year's series of master classes, we start by showcasing pharmacoepidemiology challenges and methods in specific diseases and finish by the popular meta-analysis course.

  • Target audience: PhD students, postdocs, clinicians, and other professionals seeking to advance their skills and knowledge.
  • Dates: 20-24 June 2022 in Grenaa, Denmark.
  • Registration: opens on 5 April 2022. Early-bird offer ends on 20 April. We have 32 seats available and registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • More information: Visit https://kea.au.dk/education/summer-school/ for program, registration, and more.

We hope to see you in Grenaa in June!

With kind regards,

Helle on behalf of the summer school team


Senior epidemiologist position at Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology, KI

November 23, 2020

We are looking for candidates for a Senior Epidemiologist position at Centre for Pharmacoepidemology, KI.

The deadline to apply is 10 December, 2020. For more details about the position, please see click here.


Pharmaco-epidemiology - drug use and safety course, course 2, 2nd part

November 6, 2020

The last part of the second course will start as planned 23 November, 2020 and carry on that week. Due to the Corona Pandemic and various regulations in the Nordic countries, the course will be purely digital and we will use Zoom during the lectures and the exercises. All students, the faculty and everyone else involved in the course have received instructions, so hopefully this part of the course will be just as fun and run as smoothly as the previous ones. We are looking forward to meet everyone again and this time in Cyberspace.

On behalf on the NorPEN course faculty - Helle Kieler


PhD position - ADHD medication use and safety in pregnancy

October 26, 2020

We are seeking candidates for a PhD position at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

The PhD student will work on a project funded by the Research Council of Norway - ADHD Medication in Pregnancy: Understanding the population and outcomes related to treatment use and discontinuation.

The deadline to apply is November 22, 2020.

Apply for the position here.


Pharmaco-epidemiology - drug use and safety course

September 10, 2019

Last chance to register for the "Pharmaco-epidemiology - drug use and safety course" at Copenhagen University in Denmark 2020 and arranged by NorPEN. Registration ends at September 15, 2019.

As for the previous course, the course in 2020 is open for PhD students and junior researchers, and each course occasion includes two separate parts of one week each. The first part will take place March 2-6 and the second part 23-27 November, both at Copenhagen University in Denmark. Only students, who attended part 1 can participate in part 2.

The course, which includes lectures, group work and data labs will provide knowledge and skills on how to conduct and report register-based research across the Nordic countries. A wide range of national and regional data sources available on drug dispensing, health outcomes and socioeconomic status and will be presented and so will the processes, when linking data from various sources. The participants will be trained in research methodology, how to perform register-based research, how to plan and carry out Nordic multi-country studies including legal aspects as well as research ethics. The course faculty consists of Nordic and International researchers and teachers having comprehensive experience with epidemiological methods and with register-based research. The course is open for PhD students and junior researchers from all the Nordic countries. Students from outside the Nordic countries can also apply.

The previous course was a great success for both students and faculty and we hope to repeat that in 2020. On behalf of the NorPEN course faculty - Helle Kieler.

Download course flyer here.


Summer school in Drug Utilization Research (DUR)

February 20, 2019

EuroDURG, in collaboration with ISPE, Karolinska Institute Stockholm and Region Stockholm, organizes the Summer school in Drug Utilization Research (DUR).

Venue: Stockholm city centre.

Start: Wednesday 26/06/2019 (13:30).

End: Saturday 29/06/2019 (12:30).

Download course flyer here.


Pharmacoepidemiology courses available in 2019 at University of Oslo

February 18, 2019
  1. Introduction to and application of propensity scores
  2. Pharmacoepidemiology Study Design and Manuscript Writing

Free of charge for NorPEN PhD students. Download course flyer here.


Graduate NorPEN course in pharmacoepidemiology

February 5, 2019

The "Pharmaco-epidemiology - drug use and safety course" has been possible to implement through funding from NordForsk and is given twice. The course is open for PhD students and junior researchers, and each course occasion includes two separate parts of one week each. In November 2018, part 1 of the first course occasion took place at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden and twenty inquisitive and engaged students contributed together with a great course faculty to a successful first part. Part 2 will follow on 4-8 March, 2019 and only students, who attended part 1 can participate in part 2. For other PhD students or junior researchers there will be a second opportunity to attend the course, as it will be repeated at Copenhagen University in Denmark 2020.

The course, which includes lectures, group work and data labs will provide knowledge and skills on how to conduct and report register-based research across the Nordic countries. A wide range of national and regional data sources available on drug dispensing, health outcomes and socioeconomic status and will be presented and so will the processes, when linking data from various sources. The participants will be trained in research methodology, how to perform register-based research, how to plan and carry out Nordic multi-country studies including legal aspects as well as research ethics. The course faculty consists of Nordic and International researchers and teachers having comprehensive experience with epidemiological methods and with register-based research. The course is open for PhD students and junior researchers from all the Nordic countries. Students from outside the Nordic countries can also apply.

Further information on the dates of the second course occasion in Copenhagen, entry requirements, the application system and reimbursement of traveling and accommodation will be provided during the fall 2019.

On behalf of the NorPEN course faculty - Helle Kieler


Webinars on hot topics in pharmacoepidemiology

Jan 18, 2019

The Danish Society for Pharmacoepidemiology hosts 8 scheduled webinars per year on hot topics in pharmacoepidemiology and would like to welcome all interested members of NorPEN to join.

The webinars include a theoretical presentation on a specific issue, e.g. surveillance bias, as well as an presentation of a paper focusing on the methods applied. The webinars are free for members of NorPEN and can be accessed here: https://c.deic.dk/dsfejournal/. For more information including the schedule for the remaining webinars and instructions to access the meeting room, please see http://www.dsfe.dk/Hot-Topic-Webinars/.

Best regards - The Danish Society for Pharmacoepidemiology