Erasmus Summer Programme

Erasmus Summer Lectures [ESP64]

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August 19, 2019

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Erasmus MC, Querido Lecture Room

In these lectures timely topics in study design of epidemiologic and clinical studies will be addressed. Four renowned researchers will address advanced study design issues in a seminar format.

Moderator Professor Arfan Ikram, MD PhD

The Erasmus Summer Lectures are open without registration or fee for participants of the Erasmus Summer Programme, the NIHES programmes, employees of the Erasmus University Medical Center and public at large.



Monday August 19, 2019

Child mental health through the lens of epigenetics.

Epigenetic processes have recently emerged as a potential mechanism through which genetic and environmental influences jointly shape children’s development, behaviour and disease risk, including the risk of psychiatric disorders. In this talk, I will discuss how the use of population-based birth cohorts – including the Generation R Study based here at EMC – is beginning to provide key insights into the relationship between epigenetics and mental health across development, with potentially widespread implications for the way that we understand, assess and perhaps in future even treat psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Charlotte Cecil
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/Psychology, Erasmus MC-Sophia
Department of Epidemiology
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Tuesday August 20, 2019

Artificial intelligence in epidemiology: past, present and future.

The world has witnessed striking advances in the ability of machines to understand and manipulate data, including images, language, and speech. Epidemiology can benefit immensely from machine learning because of the sheer volume of data being generated as well as the increasing proliferation of medical devices and digital record systems. In this lecture you will learn what kind of challenges and opportunity such novel advanced methods bring to us and how we can apply them to our daily research life.

Dr. Gennady Roshchupkin
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Epidemiology
Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Wednesday August 21, 2019

Population imaging: what is it and why should I care?

Observational cohort studies following large population of heathy individuals for occurrence of disease are an optimal setting to study determinants and risk factors for disease.  Neuro-epidemiologic studies have traditionally focused on studying these associations treating the pathway in between risk factor and outcome as a ‘black box’. With the availability of non-invasive, advanced neuroimaging techniques, it has become possible to directly study brain changes occurring in this ‘black box’. This importantly enables us to unravel pathways of disease, find new markers of disease or identify subjects at risk of disease. Imaging in such population-based studies is also called ‘population imaging’: “the large-scale application and analysis of medical images in controlled population cohorts”. This lecture discusses the rationale of population neuroimaging, the various ways to extract visual or quantitative information from these images, and the implications for understanding etiology, disease prediction and clinical impact.

Meike W. Vernooij, MD PhD
Professor of Population Imaging
Department of Radiology & Nuclear medicine
Department of Epidemiology
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



Thursday August 22, 2019

Precision medicine and population health impact.

Biomedical and digital science and technologies have a great potential to improve healthcare and underpin more efficient and sustainable health systems. Technological advances, however, jointly with the current demographic trends and the expectation of citizens, have the potential to broaden the gap between available resources and the healthcare requirements. An EU roadmap has been recently designed around the topic of personalized medicine, we are rapidly moving, however, into a new era where the vision would be to go beyond these definitions and that will be increasingly focused on preventing disease before the onset. The European network staff eXchange for integrAting precision health in the health Care sysTems (ExACT), a Marie Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange project of H2020, will train 74 researchers across 16 Institutions from 2019 to 2023 to foster the integration of precision health in the EU HC systems, by using a population perspective.

Professor Stefania Boccia
Professor and Chair, Section of Hygiene-Institute of Public Health
Faculty of Medicine, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Fondazione Policlinico ‘Agostino Gemelli’ IRCCS, Rome, Italy

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