Lunchtime Sessions

2018 Lunchtime Sessions

Grab a quick bit to eat and then join us for our lunchtime sessions at the 2018 SER Annual Meeting!

SER goes international - Epidemiology in Germany

Session Chair(s):   Andreas Stang
Date: 2018-06-20       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Baltimore/Annapolis


The aim of this symposium is to give an overview of epidemiologic research activities and research opportunities in Germany in order to increase bilateral research collaborations. Overall four speakers, all experienced in their fields, will give an overview of cancer epidemiology (Andreas Stang), cardiovascular epidemiology (Dhayana Dallmeier), infectious disease epidemiology (Osama Hamouda), and available studies and study data sets in Germany (Osama Hamouda). Participants will have the opportunity to understand the development of epidemiology in Germany during the last half of the 20th century, reflected among others by the work of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology and German Society of Epidemiology, and to learn about current challenges in the practice of epidemiological research in this country. All together this symposium should help to identify possible research and academic partners, promoting in this way the transatlantic exchange.

Session Chairs:
Andreas Stang, Center of Clinical Epidemiology; University Hospital of Essen, Germany

Andreas Stang, Center of Clinical Epidemiology; University Hospital of Essen
"Cancer epidemiology research: activities and opportunities in Germany"
Dhayana Dallmeier, Geriatric Center Ulm/Alb-Donau, Ulm
"ardiovascular epidemiology: research activities and opportunities in Germany"
Osama Hamouda, Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin
"Infectious disease epidemiology: research activities and opportunities in Germany"
Wolfgang Hoffmann, University Medicine Greifswald
"Cohort studies in Germany and public use opportunities for research"

Student and Faculty Recruitment Fair

Session Chair(s):   Representatives from various institutions
Date: 2018-06-20       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Conway In an attempt to give students and job applicants a structured opportunity to interact with doctoral programs and potential employers, SER has set aside an hour for Doctoral Programs and Potential Employers to meet with Prospective Students to learn more about the programs and Job Applicants to meet with those who are recruiting in a dedicated room.

Session Chairs:
Representatives from various institutions,

The “Dos and Don’ts” of Social Media: how to disseminate your research effectively (and not get yourself into trouble!)

Session Chair(s):   Hailey Banack,   Bryan James
Date: 2018-06-20       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Constellation B


Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook offer an unprecedented opportunity to widely disseminate epidemiologic findings and to engage with others about your work beyond a solely academic audience. At the same time, these platforms also present unique opportunities for getting yourself into trouble! Have you ever felt unsure how to walk the fine line between increasing visibility and gratuitous self-promotion? Have you wondered how to engage with strangers about your research while avoiding squabbles with online trolls? Have you ever felt uncomfortable using the same user profile to post cat videos, political rants, AND communicate your professional work? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this lunch time session is for you! Come engage with a panel of experts in the field and hear their thoughts on how to navigate the tricky world of social media as an academic. This session is presented by the SER Publications Committee, and features senior researchers who are facile with using social media for scientific communication (and maybe one who is not so facile but always provides important insights). The panel will provide tips for disseminating your research, insight into newer forms of health and science communication (i.e., podcasts), general media coaching, and how not to step on a land mine while engaging with hostile commenters.

Session Chairs:
Hailey Banack, McGill University
Bryan James, Rush University

Matthew Fox, Boston University
Nick Moran, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Sandro Galea, Boston University
Whitney Robinson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Matthew Fox, Boston University
Maria Glymour, University of California, San Francisco

SPC Career Panel

Session Chair(s):   None
Date: 2018-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Constellation B


Session Chairs:

Michael Jackson, Kaiser Permanente
Ulka Campbell, Pfizer
Ashley Naimi, University of Pittsburgh
Jennifer Brooks, University of Toronto

Who Wants to be an Epidemiologist?

Session Chair(s):   Ian Shrier
Date: 2018-06-21       Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: Constellation A


Based on “Who wants to be a millionaire”, the target audience is beginner to intermediate. Contestants are randomly chosen from the audience. Each question has four possible answers. Contestants choosing the correct answer continue to play. Each contestant has three “lifelines” (ask the audience, ask a friend, 50-50 choice). If they make a mistake, they are replaced with another audience member. One of 3 judges will explain the correct and incorrect answers. To increase edutainment, we will include controversial questions with more than one correct answer, but only one “official” best answer. Contestants can challenge questions for bonus points / prizes but if there is only one answer (i.e. an inappropriate challenge), the contestant is replaced with another audience member. To maximize participation, audience members may challenge a contestant’s answer before the judges comment. If correct, the audience member becomes the new contestant. Other surprises await.

Session Chairs:
Ian Shrier, McGill University

Kerry Keyes, Columbia University
Sonja Swanson, Harvard University
Jay Kaufman, McGill University