The CIH-CISMAC Research School holds monthly webinars for researchers where junior and senior scientists discuss topics of their interest.
About the seminar series
The webinars alternate between a selected topic of general interest and meetings with presentation of PhD proposals or other work in progress.
The webinars strengthen the links between CISMAC’s partner institutions and CIH, and fosters linkages to other researchers at the University of Bergen and in its collaborating low- and middle-income country research institutions.
2019 - spring semester
1) 9th January
Topic: Fetal growth variation and global consequences
Invited speaker: Professor Torvid Kiserud, Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen
2) 6th February
Kjersti Mørkrid Blom-Bakke, Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
"The use of eRegistry in Palestine to implement the 2013 WHO Gestational Diabetes mellitus criteria"
Ingrid Friberg, Norwegian Institute of Public Health:
"The use of data from eRegistries to inform decision: the delivery care model"
3) 6th March
Topic: Instrumental Variable Analysis: Measuring the "true" effect when trial intervention is not delivered with optimal fidelity. Relevance for CISMAC studies.
Lead: Øystein Ariansen Haaland
4) 3rd April - no webinar
5) 16th May (NB: date!)
Topic: Do fathers’ environment before conception matter for the health of his future offspring? Identifying age windows with higher susceptibility to environmental exposures
Lead: Cecilie Svanes
2018 - autumn semester
7) 5th September
Topic: Training research staff for community-based early childhood development studies: Experience from rural Pakistan
Lead: Muneera Rasheed
8) 3rd October
Topic: The importance and challenges of achieving high sensitivity and specificity in outcome assessment in randomized controlled trials.
Leads: Ranadeep Chowdhury, Catherine Schwinger, Halvor Sommerfelt
9) 7th November
PhD project presentation: Mahima Venkateswaran, Norwegian Public Health Institute:
Antenatal care metrics – analyses of data from an electronic registry for maternal and newborn health.
PhD project presentation: David Mukunya
Breastfeeding initiation and morbidity risk in Lira district, Northern Uganda
10) 21th November (NB! Change in time: 13:00-14:00)
PhD project presentation: Susanna Myrnerts Höök and Nicolas Pejovic:
Enhancing performance during neonatal resuscitation: the NeoSupra trial and ancillary studies
11) 5th December
PhD project presentation: Ravi Upadhyay, Society for Applied Studies, India:
Effect of high quality and increased quantity of protein to infants aged 6 to 12 months on their neurodevelopmental outcomes at 24 months of age.
2018 - spring semester
1) 17th January
Topic: High loss to follow up in RCTs – what can go wrong and how to minimize
Lead: Halvor Sommerfelt. Contributors: Sarmila Mazumder, Victoria Nankabirwa, Bireshwar Sinha, Halvor Sommerfelt
2) 7th February
Topic: "Analysis of growth in young children - the LMS method and the SITAR growth model."
Invited speaker: Professor Tim Cole, University College of London.
3) 7th March
PhD project presentation: Bireshwar Sinha, SAS-India: "Effect of community initiated kangaroo mother care in low birth weight infants on infant breast milk intake, gut inflammation, maternal depressive symptoms and stress."
4) 4th April
Topic: "How to secure high fidelity and quality of the delivery of the intervention(s) in RCTs"
Lead: Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy. There will be contributions from different CISMAC studies.
5) 2nd May
Topic: Statistical power in RCTs Why does CISMAC insist on so high statistical power? Relevance for Getting Research into Policy and Practice (GRIPP)
Leads: Halvor Sommerfelt and José C. Martines.
6) 6th June
PhD project presentation: Olive Jackie Namugga, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda:
Measuring body temperature in young infants to identify clinical severe infection; axillary and infrared tympanic membrane temperature measurements.
PhD project presentation: Josephine Tumuhamye, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda:
Colonization of the birth canal and infections in newborns in Uganda: Etiology, antibiotic resistance of potential pathogens and factors associated.