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Epidemiology symposium

Causality to Get Population Health Science Right

We are delighted to invite you to the Causality to Get Population Health Science Right symposium which will be held on 29 March 2023 in Lausanne.

This event aims to create a space for early-stage researchers to network and learn from the leading experts in causal inference in Switzerland and meeting with Prof. Jay Kaufman, PhD, from the Department of Epidemiology, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada.

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Only virtual attendance available.

9.30Opening and welcome
9.45  Arnaud Chiolero, MD PhD, #PopHealthLab of UNIFR & SSPH, Switzerland Introduction – Data do not speak by themselves
10.00 KeynoteJay Kaufman, PhD, School of Population and Global Health, McGill University, Montreal, Canada The ethics of confounder adjustment
11.00  Robert West, PhD, dlab of EPFL, Switzerland Studying on-campus nutritional behaviors via food purchase logs
11.30Josephine Jackish, PhD, #PopHealthLab of UNIFR, Switzerland Differential hospitalization risks and differential susceptibility to death following involvement with child welfare services: challenges in applying causal mediation analysis
13.00Poster session
14.00Cristian Carmeli, PhD, #PopHealthLab of UNIFR, Switzerland Covering perinatal health care costs to improve newborn outcomes: a quasi-experimental population-based study
14.30Aaron Sarvet, PhD, Department of Mathematics, EPFL, Switzerland False trails for mechanistic research in medicine and public health
15.00Mats Stensrud, MD PhD, Chair of Biostatistics, Department of Mathematics, EPFL, Switzerland Data and decisions: how strings of numbers can honestly promote public health
15.30Closing remarks by Arnaud Chiolero (+ poster awards)
15.45End of the symposium

The symposium will take place at EPFL, Lausanne in the Bernoulli Center for Fundamental Studies.

The Bernoulli Center is located at GA 3 34, Bâtiment GA, Station 5, 1015 Lausanne. The building is easy to reach from the main station, by M2 (change in Lausanne Flon, direction Epalinges, Croisettes) and M1 (direction Renens VD, gare) to EPFL. For suggested routes, tickets and timetables please check the SBB Website or Google Maps.

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Looking forward to seeing you!