Summer School of Epidemiology

27th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

5th GERMAN COLLABORATIVE SUMMER SCHOOL IN EPIDEMIOLOGY

AT ULM UNIVERSITY, GERMANY

In cooperation with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
and
the International Graduate School in Molecular Medicine Ulm at Ulm University, Germany
and
the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi)

Date:   July 18 - July 22, 2016
    Monday-Thursday:
    09.00 am - 12.15 am
    01.15 pm - 04.30 pm
    Friday:
    09.00 am - 11.00 am
    11.15 am - 01.15 pm
     
Location :   Ulm University / Helmholtzstraße 22 / 89081 Ulm
     
Language:   English
     
Fees:   € 575.- per course (€ 1,150.- for two courses)
    € 400.- for members of the German Epidemiological Association (DGEpi)
(€ 800.- for two courses)
   

€ 275.- for employees of Ulm University and students
(€ 550.- for two courses)

    € 10.- per course material as hardcopy (course materials in electronic form included in course fees)
     
Fellowships:   A limited number of fellowships is available for participants from low income countries.
    Deadline for fellowship applications: April 07, 2016
     
Number of Participants:   Limited to a maximum of 25 participants per course
     
Application:   Please use the enclosed application form
     
Deadline for application:   June 30, 2016
     
     
Program Director:   Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Dietrich Rothenbacher, MPH
     
Coordinator at the School of Public Health,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
  Prof. Gerardo Heiss, PhD
     
For further information please contact:  

Nicole Kroll
Institute of Epidemiology & Medical Biometry, Ulm University
Helmholtzstraße 22
89081 Ulm

Phone: +49 731 50 31076
Fax: +49 731 50 31069
nicole.kroll(at)uni-ulm.de

 

 

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Courses offered

Overview

27th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

This International Summer School of Epidemiology is recognized as an element of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity by the Landesärztekammer Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, Germany, and has been awarded 23 credit points in category „C“ (with 18 education units) in the last years. Medical Doctors must report these credit points to the “LÄK BW”.

 

Morning sessions (parallel):

Course 1:

  • Survival Analysis Methods for Epidemiologic Studies
    Steve Marshall, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Course 2:

  • Scientific Writing
    William Miller, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

 

Afternoon sessions (parallel):

Course 3:

  • Introduction to Clinical Research Practice and Methodology
    Laura Loehr, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Course 4:

  • Cancer Epidemiology
    Hazel Nichols, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Course 1

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SURVIVAL ANALYSIS METHODS FOR EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES

 

 

Steve Marshall

 

Survival methods are the preferred method for epidemiologists interested in analysis methods that explicitly model the occurrence of events in time. Survival analyses were developed to account for censoring and time-to-event data, which are ubiquitous in prospective cohort studies with varying length of observation time and loss to follow-up. This short course begins with fundamental concepts of survival, hazard and cumulative hazard before introducing Kaplan-Meier curves and Log-Rank tests. Next we introduce the Cox model, examine the effect of ties and unpack the partial likelihood estimation method. Next are time interactions and counting process type models, which provide a rich set of tools for modeling time-dependent variables and time-dependent effects in epidemiology. The course closes with recurrent event models and models for missing data and competing risks. The material is illustrated with several data examples, including a short set of homework exercises using public use data files. No prior knowledge of survival methods is required.

Course 2

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SCIENTIFIC WRITING

 

 

William Miller

 

This course will include didactic and workshop activities to improve scientific writing. The primary focus will be manuscripts for publication; grant proposal development will be addressed briefly. Course content will include content and structure of epidemiological and clinical research papers, improving communication through writing, common mistakes, the journal editorial process and manuscript reviews. Most sessions will include active writing exercises. On some days, students will be asked to complete short assignments (approx. 20 to 30 minutes) after class. Persons with manuscripts (or other scientific work) in process will have the opportunity to improve their work through group activities.

Course 3

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INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL RESEARCH PRACTICE AND METHODOLOGY

 


Laura Loehr

 

This course will provide an overview of clinical research methodology. The following topics will be covered: How to choose a research question, introduction to research terminology, study designs and working with methodologists. In addition, good clinical research practice methods will be discussed including development of a manual of operations and protocol, selection and recruitment of study participants, study measurement, designing and testing questionnaires, data and specimen management, tracking of study operations, participant safety, participant follow-up, study endpoints, quality control, quality assurance and data integrity.

Course 4

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CANCER EPIDEMIOLOGY

 

 Hazel Nichols

 

The cancer control continuum describes opportunities to reduce the burden of cancer from etiology and prevention through post-diagnosis survivorship and end-of-life care. This course will use this framework to address the design and interpretation of epidemiologic research across the continuum. Throughout the course, we will review and critique data sources, study designs and strategies for mitigating bias that are common to cancer epidemiology studies using current examples. Class sessions will include lectures, group discussions and exercises intended for a multi-disciplinary audience of clinicians, epidemiologists, health services researchers and other public health professionals.

General Information

Arrival / Accommodation

27th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

 

Arrival, Accomodation

 

To book hotel accomodation please use the following links:

Opens external link in new windowwww.ulmermuensterhotel.de

www.hotel-baeumle.de

You may also use the link tourist information bureau of Ulm. The booking of a room is possible there free of charge at + 49 / 7 31 / 1 61 – 28 11.

To reach the lecture rooms please use public means of transportation as parking space is quite scarce at the University campus. Use Initiates file downloadbusses no. 3 or no. 5 and get off at James-Franck-Ring / Botanischer Garten. From there it is just a 5-minute-walk to Helmholtzstraße 22. Please follow our signs.

Course Schedule

27th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

 

All activities will take place in the University Building at Helmholtzstraße 22.

 

Time Course Room

Monday 18 July 2016

08.15 - 09.00Reception / Registration
Distribution of Course Materials
Entrance Area
09.00 - 12.15

"Survival Analysis Methods..."
or
"Scientific Writing"

E 018 or E 019

12.15 - 13.15Lunch Break
13.15 - 16.30"Introduction to Clinical Research..."
or
"Cancer Epidemiology"
E 018 or E 019

 
Tuesday 19 July 2016

09.00 - 12.15

"Survival Analysis Methods..."
or
"Scientific Writing"

E 018 or E 019

12.15 - 13.15Lunch Break
13.15 - 16.30"Introduction to Clinical Research..."
or
"Cancer Epidemiology"
E 018 or E 019


Wednesday 20 July 2016

09.00 - 12.15

"Survival Analysis Methods..."
or
"Scientific Writing"

E 018 or E 019

12.15 - 13.15Lunch Break
13.15 - 16.30"Introduction to Clinical Research..."
or
"Cancer Epidemiology"
E 018 or E 019


Thursday 21 July 2016

09.00 - 12.15

"Survival Analysis Methods..."
or
"Scientific Writing"

E 018 or E 019

12.15 - 13.15Lunch Break
13.15 - 16.30"Introduction to Clinical Research..."
or
"Cancer Epidemiology"
E 018 or E 019


Friday 22 July 2016

09.00 - 11.00

"Survival Analysis Methods..."
or
"Scientific Writing"

E 018 or E 019

11.15 - 13.15"Introduction to Clinical Research..."
or
"Cancer Epidemiology"

E 018 or E 019

 

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate (compulsory attendance every course day).

 

Consultation hours of the course office during the course week:

08.00 - 16.00 Institute of Epidemiology & Medical Biometry

Helmholtzstraße 22, 2nd floor, room 2.12 (or 2.15 for IT questions)

 

 

Catering

27th INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY

 

Catering

 

There will be coffee breaks in the morning and in the afternoon, where coffee, mineral water, fruit and cookies will be provided. (There will be no break on Friday afternoon.)
During lunch break there is ample opportunity to go to the cafeteria of the University.
To provide an opportunity for the students and faculty to meet outside of class we are arranging a convivial evening on Thursday 6 pm at a nice restaurant with a terrace. Costs will have to be covered individually. Please notify Nicole Kroll at your earliest convenience if you are able to join us.
We hope that you will have a stimulating and rewarding course week in Ulm and look forward to your active attendance.

Acknowledgements

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Acknowledgements

 

Gerardo Heiss

Professor
Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, USA
1984 - present


Director of Graduate Studies
Epidemiology
School of Public Health
University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill, USA
1985 - present

The International Summer School of Epidemiology at Ulm would not exist in this form without the untiring support of Prof. Gerardo Heiss. Due to his dedication this Summer School could be successfully accomplished for 26 times running since 1990.

 

 

Events in Ulm

Schwörwoche ("Oath Week")

In the tradition of its constitution of 1397, the Mayor of Ulm appears on the balcony of the Schwörhaus ("Oath House") on the second to last Monday in July and swears an oath to Ulm and its citizens to uphold its constitution.

Leading to this event there will be several celebratory events.

The definite highlights will be:

Lichterserenade (“Serenade of Lights”) – 16th July

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“On the third Saturday in July, with the beginning of darkness, the Danube will turn into a fantastic river of lights and music. Thousands of candles swim down the river – a romantic scenery. Splendid columns of water illuminate the Danube at different intervals and announce the near Oath Monday.”

Schwörmontag (“Oath Monday”) – 18th July

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At about 11 a.m., in a speech lasting about 1 hour, Ulm’s mayor presents his account of the past year and delivers a prognosis of the political and social situation for the coming year.

Nabada  – 18th July

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“After the traditional swearing of the oath in the Weinhof on the morning of Oath Monday, the 'Nabada' river festival takes place in the afternoon. The colourful river procession begins on the Danube at about 4 p.m. (by the way, 'Nabada' means 'swim down the Danube').”

Fellowship

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Acknowledgements

Applicants for a fellowship for the Summer School 2016 need to provide the following information:

    1) Name and address
    2) Curriculum vitae
    3) Current professional activities and responsibilities
    4) List of publications (if available)
    5) Proficiency in English (Certificate of Competence)
    6) Expected benefits for future professional activities
    7) Information about other potential sources of funding
    8) Opens internal link in current windowApplication form
     

Please send all required information via email to Nicole Kroll: nicole.kroll(at)uni-ulm.de
The deadline for fellowship application is April 07, 2016.

Additionally please be informed about the following:

Each "winner" of a fellowship will receive the sum of 300 euros in cash, and the course/s (max. 2) is/are free.
Additionally we pay for the accommodation (5 nights incl. breakfast). Costs exceeding these 300 euros and accomodation will have to be borne individually.

For further information please contact Nicole Kroll: nicole.kroll(at)uni-ulm.de

Application Form

Summer School Application Form


What is your current status?
(Please note: an additional fee of € 10,- per course applies)
I would like to register for the following course(s): Please select:
Fellowship applicants need to send full written application to Nicole Kroll Please make sure you filled out all positions correctly before submitting.