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CISMAC Webinar

Webinar series

The CIH-CISMAC Research School holds monthly webinars for researchers where junior and senior scientists discuss topics of their interest.

Keyboard - word Webinar written on one key


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.

2021 - Fall semester

1) 11 August
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: "How can India and Tanzania most efficiently reduce neonatal mortality to 12 per 1000 live births or less"
Presenter: Usha Dingra

2) 8 September
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: "Effect of ciKMC on fecal biomarkers of gut function in low birthweight infants"
Presenter: Bireshwar Sinha

3) 13 October
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: Can benefits of early interventions sustain during primary grades? Findings from a follow-up evaluation of a rural, disadvantaged cohort in Pakistan
Presenter: Muneera Abdul Rasheed

4) 10 November
Time: 12:30-13:20
Title: Brief information about the two back-to-back courses in April 2022
         Discussion of Chapter 1 and the first part of Chapter 3 of Professor Kenneth J. Rothman’s book “Epidemiology – an introduction”video content and Prof. Rothman’s paper from 1976.
Presenters: Professor Halvor Sommerfelt

5) 24 November
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: CISMAC Webinar series: Preparing for the CISMAC/BCEPS Epidemiology course with Ken Rothman
         Recap of webinar Nov 10 + Chapters 1, 2 and 3
Presenter: Professor Halvor Sommerfelt

6)  8 December
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: CISMAC Webinar series: Preparing for the CISMAC/BCEPS Epidemiology course with Ken Rothman
         Chapter 4 (Measuring Disease Occurrence and Causal Effects)
Presenter: Professor Halvor Sommerfelt

7) 22 December
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: CISMAC Webinar series: Preparing for the CISMAC/BCEPS Epidemiology course with Ken Rothman
         Chapter 3 (recap) and Chapter 11 (Measuring Interactions)
Presenter: Tarun Choudhary and Bireshwar Sinha

2021 - Spring semester

1) 03 February
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: A digital health registry with clinical decision support for improving quality of antenatal care in Palestine (eRegQual): a cluster-randomized controlled trial
Presenter: Mahima Venkateswaran

2) 10 March
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title:“Effect of Community-Initiated Kangaroo Mother Care on catastrophic out of pocket expenditure and impoverishment: An Equity Randomized Controlled Trial”
Presenter:Tarun Choudhary

3) 14 April
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title:“The importance and challenges of long-term follow-up in studies on neurodevelopment. Experiences from Nepal.”
Presenters:The CISMAC-B12 Nepal team. 

4) 19 May
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: Catch up growth in childhood and association with neurodevelopment
Presenters: Ravi Upadhyay

5) 09 June
Time: 12:30-14:00
Title: “The effectiveness of a girls´empowerment programme on early childbearing and grade 9 completion in rural Zambia: A cluster randomized trial”.
Presenter: Ingvild Sandøy

2020 - Fall semester

1) 09 September
Time: 13:30-15:00 CET         
Title: PART 1, Epidemiologic considerations around a case-control study of oxytocin (mis?)use and baby survival.
Presenter: Halvor Sommerfelt and Sanjana Mohan

2) 23 September
 14:00-15:30 CET         
Title: PART 2, Epidemiologic considerations around a case-control study of oxytocin (mis?)use and baby survival.
Presenter: Halvor Sommerfelt

3) 07 October
Time: 12:30-14:00 CET         
Tentative title: “Effects of economic support and community dialogue on adolescent sexual behavior: findings from the RISE trial”
Presenter: Hanne Keyser Hegdahl

4) 21 October
Title: PART 3, Epidemiologic considerations (around a case-control study of oxytocin (mis?)use and baby survival.)
Presenter: Halvor Sommerfelt, Bireshwar Sinha, Hanne Keyser Hegdahl.

5) 18 November
Time: 12:30-14:00 CET         
Title: Health Equity Impact of Community Initiated Kangaroo Mother Care (ciKMC)
Presenter: Tarun Shankar Choudhary and Kjell Arne Johansson

6) 02 December
Time: 12:30-14:00 CET         
Title: DSMBs – when and why they are needed, their organization and operation.
Presenter: Jose Martines with experience-sharing inputs from Simon Cousens of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Rajiv Bahl of WHO.

2020 - spring semester

1) 13 February
This webinar will be a live streaming of a PhD defense
Time: 09:15 CET and 11.15 CET         
Trial lecture: “Strengths and challenges of complex community based interventions for maternal newborn and child health”. 
PhD Defense: “Newborn care practices in Northern Uganda: Studies on breastfeeding, decision-making and hypothermia”
Presenter: David Mukunya

2) 03 March 
This webinar will be a live streaming of a PhD defense
Time: 09:15 CET and 11.15 CET 
Trial lecture: “Involving future users in the design of health apps: methodologies and methods”
PhD Defense: “Designing usable mobile forms for collection of health data in Uganda”
Presenter: Alice Mugisha

3) 27 March 
This webinar will be a live streaming of a PhD defense
Time: 09:15 CET and 11.15 CET         
Trial lecture: "Global newborn mortality: What are the game changers?"
PhD Defense: "No cry at birth Neonatal - resuscitation in low-resource settings: role of the laryngeal mask airway"
Presenter: Nicolas Pejovic 

4) 06 May
Time: 12:30 CET         
Topic: “Building multivariable models for epidemiological analyses”
Presenter: David Mukunya

5) 03 June 
Time: 12:30 CET       
Topic: "Multivariable regression to analyze data from a Randomized controlled trial (RCT) of community-initiated Kangaroo Mother Care and postartum depression: Why and when to adjust for covariates in an RCT?"
Presenter: Bireshwar Sinha


2019 - fall semester

1) 3 October,
Time:12:00-13:30 CET         
Topic: “From paperwork to practice – Rural Health bureaucrats and the Zambian abortion Policy”        
Presenter: Marte Haaland

2) 5 November
Time:(tentative) Trial Lecture:09:15 CET, PhD Defence 11:15 CET  
This webinar will be a live streaming of the PhD defense by CISMAC PhD candidate,  Mahima Venkateswaran
Title of PhD: “Attributes and consequences of health information systems data for antenatal care. Health status, health system performance and policy”
Title of trial lecture:“Enabling environment for digital health: supporting sustainability, policy decisions and clinical decision making”

3) 2 December    
Time:(tentative) 12:00-13:30 CET
Tentative title: “Presentation based on the NeoSupra Trial”
Lead: Thorkild Tylleskär

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.