Brown Bag Seminar

We invite you to visit the Slone Epidemiology Center and listen to one of our upcoming Brown Bag Seminars.  All seminars are held from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at 1010 Commonwealth Avenue in the 4th Floor Conference Room.

People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier

Ruha Benjamin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Sociology, African American Studies
Boston University

Thursday, June 19, 2014


Past Seminars (2014)

Synthesizing Genetic Knowledge and Translating it to Public Health Practice

Laura Senier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Sociology and Anthropology, Health Sciences
Northeastern University

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Effect of Low Dose Alcohol on Occupational and Neurocognitive Performance

Jonathan Howland, Ph.D., M.P.A., M.P.H.
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Director, Public Health and Injury Prevention Research
Boston Medical Center

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spatio-Temporal Clustering of Gastroschisis

Mahsa M. Yazdy, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Public Sectors and Social Justice: Partnerships for Health Systems Strengthening

Dan Schwarz, M.D., M.P.H.
Division of Global Health Equity
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Nyaya Health

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Past Seminars (2013)

Socioeconomic Status and Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Relation to Risk of Head and Neck Cancer

Traci N. Bethea, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Importance of Biodiversity to Human Health

Aaron Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard School of Public Health
Physician in Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Internet-based Studies of Time-to-Pregnancy

Lauren A. Wise, Sc.D.
Senior Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center
Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome in South Africa: Public Health Challenges

Dr. Leslie London
Professor
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Teen Dating Violence 101: What You Should Know to Support the Teens in Your Life

Nicole Daley, M.P.H.
Director, Start Strong Initiative
Division of Violence Prevention
Boston Public Health Commission

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Do bacteria play a role in pancreatic carcinogenesis?

Dominique S. Michaud, Sc.D.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Graduate Program Director
Department of Epidemiology
Brown Public Health
Brown University

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A pragmatic clinical trial of viscous xylitol solution to prevent acute otitis media in otitis-prone children

Louis Vernacchio, M.D., M.Sc.
Director of Research and Analysis, Pediatric Physicians’ Organization at Children’s
Assistant Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Weight of the Nation: Children in Crisis (Special Film Screening)

HBO Documentary Films

Childhood obesity is much more than a cosmetic concern. The health consequences of childhood obesity include greater risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and other serious illnesses. The combination of these health effects and the dramatic increase in childhood obesity rates over the past three decades causes some experts to fear this may be the first generation of American children who will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Parity in relation to breast cancer incidence: does the association differ by breast cancer subtype?

Julie R. Palmer, Sc.D.
Senior Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Acetaminophen Behavioral Surveillance Program

David W. Kaufman, Sc.D.
Associate Director
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Past Seminars (2012)

Dietary patterns and colorectal cancer

Teresa T. Fung, Sc.D., R.D.
Professor of Nutrition
Simmons College

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Extending i2b2 to support population health outcome monitoring and evaluation

William Adams, M.D.
Function Leader of Clinical Informatics
Medical Informatics Division
Boston University Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The development and implementation of the Massachusetts Outcomes Study of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART): the technical and political challenges in linking population and clinical databases to examine key questions

Dr. Eugene Declercq
Assistant Dean, Doctoral Education
Professor, Community Health Sciences
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Costa Rican nonagenarians: a genomic evolutionary approach

Dr. Jorge Azofeifa-Navas
School of Biology
University of Costa Rica

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Examining selection factors that may influence the caregiving-mortality association

Lisa Fredman, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Consequences of controlling viral diseases during pregnancy: antiherpetic medication and influenza vaccination

Katherine Ahrens, M.P.H.
Doctoral Student, Boston University Department of Epidemiology
Trainee, Boston University Training Program in Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Epidemiology (BURPPE)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Health literacy

Domenic Screnci, Jr., Ed.D.
Executive Director
Educational Media and Technology, Information Services and Technology
Boston University

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sarcoidosis in the Black Women’s Health Study

Yvette Cozier, D.Sc.
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiologist, Black Women’s Health Study, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A new meningitis vaccine

Christopher J. Gill, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston University Center for Global Health
Director, Boston University School of Public Health Pharmaceuticals Program
Member, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Pharmaceutical Policy (WHOCCPP)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

January potpourri

Kathy Kelley
Identification of phthalates in medications and dietary supplement formulations in the US and Canada

Rachel Burns
A personal look at the health issues surrounding sex workers in Bangkok

Meghan O’Connor
Data management in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Past Seminars (2011)

Beyond nutrients — phytochemicals and health: almonds, chocolate, and tea

Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., F.A.C.N., F.A.S.N., C.N.S.
Director, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Beyond their day jobs: getting to know our Slone data analysts and research assistants

Katharine Mooney
Designing a web-based intervention to reduce high-risk drinking at Boston University

Stephen Kerr
Patterns of sugar sweetened beverage and fast food consumption, 2007 Rhode Island Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

Samantha Parker
First-year survival of infants with birth defects in Massachusetts

Meredith Black
Mild traumatic brain injuries: taking a closer look at concussions in a pediatric population

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Venous thromboembolism in pregnant and puerperal women in Denmark

Dr. Rie Adser Virkus
OB/GYN, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hillerød Hospital, Denmark
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Visiting Scholar, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Qualitative research

Mary K. Malone, M.B.A.
Founder and President
Appleseed Consumer Insight

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Biomarkers of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure among asphalt paving workers

Michael D. McClean, Sc.D.
Associate Professor, Director of Doctoral Training
Department of Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Medication exposure in pregnancy risk management program

Sengwee Darren Toh, Sc.D.
Instructor
Department of Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, April 28, 2011

What’s causing the epidemic of chronic kidney disease in Nicaragua?

Daniel Brooks, M.P.H., D.Sc.
Associate Professor
Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Periodontal disease and cardiovascular outcomes

Brenda Heaton, M.P.H.
Clinical Instructor
Health Policy and Health Services Research
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Diet and risk of breast cancer and weight gain in black women

Deborah A. Boggs, Sc.D.
Postdoctoral Associate
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Past Seminars (2010)

Defining and measuring childhood participation to support population-based research in rehabilitation

Mary A. Khetani, Sc.D., O.T.R.
Postdoctoral Associate
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Epidemiologic investigation of endometriosis: clarity and complexity

Stacey A. Missmer, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Practical issues in international research studies

Rebecca Troisi, Sc.D.
Staff Scientist, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Dartmouth Medical School

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Adverse health outcomes associated with psychotropic medication use in older nursing home patients

Krista F. Huybrechts, M.S., Ph.D.
Instructor in Medicine
Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Monitoring the safety of medications in pregnancy: a new approach, starting with flu vaccines, flu antivirals, and asthma medications

Allen A. Mitchell, M.D.
Professor of Epidemiology and Pediatrics, Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine
Director, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Could Epstein-Barr virus play a role in the development of gastroschis?

Martha M. Werler, Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
Senior Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, May 20, 2010

An online case-crossover study of gout

Yuqing Zhang, Sc.D.
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Clinical Epidemiology and Research Training Unit
Boston University School of Medicine

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In utero antiretroviral exposure and mitochondrial dysfunction in HIV-uninfected children

Susan Brogly, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Content, accuracy, and impact of direct-to-consumer advertising in oncology

Gregory A. Abel, M.D., M.P.H.
Instructor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Staff Physician, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Conflicts of interest in epidemiologic research: a stroll through the maelstrom

Walter Straus, M.D., M.P.H.
Global Director for Scientific Affairs/Vaccines
Merck & Co., Inc.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Past Seminars (2009)

Posttraumatic stress disorder and completed suicide in the adult population in Denmark

Jaimie Gradus, M.P.H., D.Sc.
Epidemiologist, Boston VA Healthcare System
Instructor, Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Comparative effectiveness research from the perspective of a pharmacoepidemiologist

Sebastian Schneeweiss, M.D., Sc.D
Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chief, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers via diet and the home environment

Michael D. McClean, Sc.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Environmental Health
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The epidemiology of kidney stones: diet, lifestyle, and genetic factors

Gary Curhan, M.D., Sc.D.
Associate Professor
Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New developments in drug safety at the FDA

Gerald J. Dal Pan, M.D., M.H.S.
Director
Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, FDA

Friday, June 5, 2009

When public health succeeds, what can epi contribute? The case of folic acid and neural tube defects

Martha M. Werler, Sc.D.
Professor of Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
Senior Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vitamin D for health: a D-lightful story

Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Dermatology
Boston University School of Medicine

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Reproductive effects of phthalates: are boys and men at risk?

Russ Hauser, M.D., Sc.D.
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Genetic and nutritional risk factors for myocardial infarction in Costa Rica

Edward A. Ruiz-Narváez, Sc.D.
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Public Health
Epidemiologist, Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Past Seminars (2008)

Academic detailing: all you ever wanted to know about it but were afraid to ask

Frank May, M.App.Sci. (Pharm)
Visiting Clinical Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Scientist, Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Risk management: you bring a sandwich; we’ll supply the alphabet soup!

Carla van Bennekom, M.P.H.
Epidemiologist
Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Explaining the relationship between SES and obesity

Deborah J. Bowen, Ph.D.
Boston University School of Public Health

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Rotating shift work and cancer risk

Eva S. Schernhammer, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Harvard Medical School

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The beasts and the children: can we extrapolate from animals to children?

Anthony Scialli, M.D.
Toxicology Center
Sciences International, Inc.

Monday, April 14, 2008