Preliminary 2010 American College of Epidemiology Annual Meeting Agenda: Improving Reality: the Role of Modeling in Epidemiology

Pre-Meeting Workshops: September 11-12,2010

ACE Annual Meeting: September 13-14, 2010

Grand Hyatt Hotel, San Francisco, CA

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (free of charge – registration is suggested)


The mission of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American College of Epidemiology is to increase minority representation in the epidemiology profession and to recommend actions that increase the likelihood of significantepidemiologic researchon health issues important to racial/ethnic minority populations.  During this year’s American College of Epidemiology Annual Conference, we dedicate our all-day Scientific Workshop to issues related to HEALTH DISPARITIES: DEFINITION, MEASUREMENTS, DETERMINANTS, AND CONTROVERSIES.

Health disparities in the US are on the rise affecting low-income Americans, racial and ethnic minorities. The current unemployment crisis most likely will make health disparities worse. The goal of this workshop is to present essentials of health disparities and epidemiology, followed by presentations describing measurement and determinant of health disparities, and a discussion of related controversies by leaders in the field. Specifically we’ll explore topics on the:

Definition and Measurement of Health Disparities  

Social Determinants and Health Disparities

Minorities and Need of Health Care Reform

Intersection of Racism and Health Disparities

Controversies on Health Disparities | Detailed Workshop Agenda

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (free of charge for students – registration required)
MAC Workshop B – Health Services Research and Health Disparities 
Preliminary Schedule
(starting on Saturday and continuing on Sunday)

The purpose of this workshop, to be held on September 11-12, 2010, in San Francisco, California, during the weekend previous to the Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Epidemiology, is to provide minority students of epidemiology, and interested epidemiologist in this topic, with an overview of the field of health services research, and a picture of the range of experiences, curricula, syllabi and competencies provided by a sample of experts from the AHRQ training centers’ programs.  Key speakers selected for this Workshop are very distinguished scholars who are currently directing training centers grants from AHRQ or the Robert W. Johnson Foundation.  Workshop facilitators will be recruited among senior epidemiologists of the College to provide personalized input to participants on their work presented in a scientific poster format.  

Current students from these training centers will have opportunities to share their experience, in a poster format, with the health services research experts, and with epidemiologists from the Minority Affairs Committee currently working on issues to decrease racial/ethnic health disparities in the US.

The event will provide an opportunity to bring together faculty and students from Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality training sites in California, and Texas and of twenty ethnic/racial minority qualified students near graduation from accredited MPH and graduate programs in Epidemiology throughout the US.  
The specific aims of the Workshop are:

  • To share and disseminate among students of epidemiology of ethnic/racial minority backgrounds, health disparities research findings related to major disparities and research comparing the benefits and harms of different interventions and strategies to prevent, diagnose, treat and monitor the health conditions in “real world” settings.
  • To provide an overview of pre-doctoral, doctoral and post-doctoral  training opportunities in health services research,  experiences, curricula, syllabi and competencies provided in select training centers funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • To publish in Annals of Epidemiology, a manuscript on the topic of Epidemiology and Health Services Research based on lecture(s) of key note speaker(s).

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Job Fair and Exhibits

Sunday, September 12, 2010

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM 
MAC Workshop B – Health Services Research and Health Disparities 
(continuation from Saturday & free of charge for students – registration required)

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop 1
Introduction to Bayesian Analysis
Sander Greenland, PhD
Department of Epidemiology
University of California, Los Angeles

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop 2
Confounding Control in Healthcare Database Research

M. Alan Brookhart, PhD
Til Sturmer, MD, ScD
Department of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

8:00 AM-12:00 PM
Workshop 3
Pharmacoepidemiology for Epidemiologists

Alec Walker, MD, DrPH
World Health Information Science Consultants

Brian D. Bradbury, MA, DSc
Director of Epidemiology, Amgen, Inc

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Workshop 4
Introduction to Multi-Level Modeling
Instructor: Charles E. McCulloch, PhD

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Workshop 5
Career Mentoring: Epidemiologists and their Flexible Careers
Senior Epidemiologists Reflect on Careers that have Spanned Multiple Settings [free of charge to ACE associate members and SER student caucus members]
Robert Hiatt, MD, PhD, U. of California, San Francisco
John Acquavella, PhD, Amgen, Inc.
Pauline Mendola, PhD, Centers for Disease Control
Sandra I. Sulsky, MPH, PhD,ENVIRON

Workshop Flyer | Printable Workshop Abstract

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Workshop 6
Successful Grant Writing

Scott Osbourne, PhD, MPH
Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, DHHS

3:00 PM– 5:00 PM: 
Epidemiology Chairs Meeting
Business meeting to formalize the group’s structure and governance; nominations and voting for leadership positions

Host Reception & Poster Session #1

6:00 PM
Greeting by Patricia Buffler, PhD, Dean Emerita, FACEUniversity of California at Berkeley, School of Public Health

6:15 PM: 
Reception Keynote
 – Opportunities for Epidemiology from Health Care Reform. Robert Croyle, PhD, National Cancer Institute 
All are welcome!

7:00 PM
Associate Member Gathering, All Associate Members Welcome!

Job Fair and Exhibits

7:00 PM- 8:00 PM
Epidemiologic Modeling and Recent Advances in Influenza Epidemiology, Prevention and Control
Moderator: Victor M. Cardenas, MD, MPH, PhD, FACE, University of Texas School of Public Health
1. W. Paul Glezen, MD, Center for Infectious Disease, Houston, Texas – Evidence for Community Indirect (Herd) Protection by Immunizing Children Against Influenza

2. Carrie Reed, DSc, MPH, Influenza Division, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Epidemiology
of the influenza A H1N1 and estimates of true magnitude and transmission and basic reproductive number

3. Ira M. Longini, PhD, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Institute, U. Washington School of Public Health – Use
of modeling to guide vaccination policies

Monday, September 13, 2010

8:00 AM
Local Host Greeting (Patricia Buffler, PhD, FACE, University of California at Berkeley)


Program Chair Welcome (John Acquavella, PhD, FACE, Amgen, Inc.)

General Session: Moderator: Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, FACE, The University of TX Public Health

8:30 AM -9:15 AM
Keynote Presentation - Diana Petitti, MD, MPH  – Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California

9:15 AM-10:00 AM
Keynote Presentation - Otis Brawley MD, Chief Medical Officer, American Cancer Society

10:00 AM-10:20 AM
10:20 AM-10:40 AM

10:40 AM-11:10 AM
General Session part 2 
Moderator: Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD, FACE, Colorado State University

Roberta Ness, MD, MPH, FACE, Dean University of Texas School of Public Health

11:10 AM -11:40 AM 
The Role of Epidemiology and the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, Edward J. Trapido, ScD,  FACE, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

11:40 AM-12:00 PM

12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Luncheon Roundtables: 
1. Mellissa Adams, PhD, FACE, ACE Publications Committee – Publication Flux: Academic careers in the digital age, Allen Wilcox, Richard Rothenberg, Melissa Adams 
2.  Kristopher Fennie, ACE Education Committee – Identifying Core Competencies  
3. Robert McKeown, University of South Carolina, ACE Mentoring Committee – Getting the Most out of Practicum Experiences: Mentoring and Being Mentored in Practice Settings to Maximize Benefits 
4. ACE Ethics Luncheon Roundtable, ACE Ethics Committee – Ethical and Scientific Aspects of Small
Epidemiologic Risks

5. Epidemiology Chairs Luncheon

1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Panel on Statistical Modeling 
Chair: Nicholas Jewell, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

3:00 PM

3:15 PM-4:45 PM
Panel on Mathematical Modeling
Chair: Babak Pourbohloul, Ph.D. University of British Columbia, Centre for Disease Control

5:00 PM
ACE Business Meeting, All ACE members welcome to attend

6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Associate Member Gathering. All Associate Members Welcome!
Dinner on your own

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

7:15AM-8:00 AM
Breakfast roundtables:


  1. Biomarkers in Epidemiologic Research
    Jennifer Zipprich
  2. Epidemiology’s Failure to Consider Disabilities
    Melissa Adams and Lorann Stallones
  3. Vibrio Vulnificus and Oysters: Pearls and Perils
    Education, Publication, and Mentoring Committee
  4. Meet the Editors
    Allen Wilcox and Richard Rothenberg
  5. Presenting Data Effectively
    Education, Publication, and Mentoring Committee
  6. Catch Me If You Can
    Kim Page


8:00 AM
General Session – Moderator - Diana Bensyl, PhD, FACE, US Centers for Disease Control

8:05 AM-8:35 AM
Presidential Address, Lorann Stallones, MPH, PhD, FACE, ACE President

8:35AM- 8:55AM
Student prize paper – recipient to be announced

8:55 AM-9:30 AM
Keynote Address –– The Role of Reality in Modeling, Sander Greenland, Dr PH, University of California, Los Angeles

9:30 AM-9:50 AM

9:50 AM-10: 15 AM

10:15 AM-11:00 A,
Sense of the College: Should Observational Studies be Registered?
Panel Moderator: Faith Davis, PhD, FACE, University of Chicago

11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Modeling in Social Epidemiology
Chair: Sandro Galea, MD, DrPH, Department of Epidemiology Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University

12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Awards Luncheon and Closing, All are welcome!