Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics

Seminars

Details of seminars and events relevant to Usher Institute staff and students.

There are many seminars and events taking place that are organised or hosted by, or likely to be of interest to, Usher Institute staff and students.

Some of these are listed below. 

Please note many seminars/events require registration to ensure there is space - please contact event organisers if in any doubt.

​​December 2017

Mason Institute Winter Lecture | Sharing samples, data, and ideas: When history shapes the future in human immunogenetics

Date/Time: 11 December, 1800

Venue: Screening Room G.04, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH

Speaker: Dr Anne Cambon-Thomsen , Université de Toulouse, France

Register: More information and registration

Centre for Cardiovascular Science’s seminar series | Risks of bias in laboratory research, and what we can do about them

Date/Time: 12 December, 1000 (the lecture will be followed by a festive drinks reception)

Venue: QMRI Wellcome Lecture Theatre

Speaker: Professor Malcolm Macleod, University of Edinburgh

More information: Please contact Jennifer McCluskey for further information (jennifer.mccluskey@ed.ac.uk)

Connecting Data with Student Feedback in a Course: A Hands-on Workshop

Date/Time: 13 December, 1200-1500

Venue: Room 4.31/4.33, Informatics Forum, University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh

Speaker: Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo, University of Sydney

Register: Register on Eventbrite

Seminar: providing personalised student support in flipped classrooms at scale

Date/Time: 15 December, 1200-1400

Venue: Room G.07, Informatics Forum, The University of Edinburgh, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Speaker: Associate Professor Abelardo Pardo, University of Sydney

Register: Register on Eventbrite

​​January 2018

Usher Institute | Crash course on data analytics/machine learning

Date/Time: 15, 16, 17, 23 & 24 January, 0900 – 1200 | 19 January, 1000 – 1300

Venue: Screening room, G.04, 50 George square

Speaker: Thanasis Tsanas 

  1. Organising data collection: sampling rate, sample size, rules of thumb for data collection, and course overview. Introduction to programming with Matlab and R (I’ll be providing notes for programming and easy-to-run code which will be heavily commented, would expect people to do some work on their own here if they don’t do programming), 2 hours
  2. Extracting characteristics from raw data: a light introduction to time-series and signal processing, 2 hours
  3. Understanding your data and first stab: statistical descriptors, distributions, and visualization, 2 hours
  4. Hypothesis testing: choosing statistical tests, and interpreting results, 2 hours
  5. Quantifying relationships between variables: correlations, dependencies, and general metrics, 2 hours
  6. Feature selection and feature transformation, 2 hours
  7. Statistical mapping: functional relationships between a set of explanatory variables and the response: introduction, 2 hours
  8. Statistical mapping: functional relationships between a set of explanatory variables and the response: more advanced topics, 2 hours
  9. Model testing: cross-validation, independent tests with unseen data, training-validation-testing schemes, 2 hours
  10. Recap of the methodology and practical applications across different projects, 3 hours

Register: Shared Google Sheet

Usher Institute Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series | Balancing personalised and population health approaches to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)

Date/Time: 25 January 2018, 1430-1600, with refreshments to follow (1400-1430 will be reserved for PhD students and early career researchers; more details to come)

Venue: Venue and details of other arrangements to follow

Speaker: Professor Nick Wareham, Director MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge 

Register: More information to follow

April 2018

Asthma UK Centre for Applied Research Methodology day | Prediction modelling for use in clinical medicine

Date/Time: 24 April 2018, 1030-1630

Venue: Prestonfield Suite, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls, Edinburgh

Plenary speakers: Professor Tom Fahey and Professor Keith Fox

This course is open to anyone with an interest in prediction modelling for clinical medicine, though the topics are likely to appeal mostly to post-graduates (both clinical and non)

Register: Register via the Asthma UK Centre for Applied Resaerch website

A registration fee of £7.50 includes lunch and refreshments

​May 2018

Usher Institute Distinguished Speakers Seminar Series | Don’t take it personally : careful causal analysis of claims for personalised medicine is long overdue

Date/Time: 3 May 2018, 1430-1600, with refreshments to follow (1400-1430 will be reserved for PhD students; more details to come)

Venue: Venue and details of other arrangements to follow

Speaker: Professor Stephen Senn

Register: More information to follow

Global Health Governance Programme | Collaborative workshop ‘Achieving Global Health Security’ for early career researchers

Date/Time: 23 & 24 May 2018

Venue: Edinburgh (venue TBC)

Register: More information on the Global Health Governance Programme website

​June 2018

University of Edinburgh Learning and Teaching Conference

Date/Time: 20 June 2018

Venue: John MacIntyre Conference Centre, Pollock Halls of Residence

Register: Further information to follow.

If you have an idea for a paper, poster presentation or other contribution and would appreciate discussing your idea with someone please contact daphne.loads@ed.ac.uk

September 2018

International Population Data Linkage Network Conference

Date/Time: 12-14 September 2018

Venue: Banff Centre, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Further information: Conference website

 

​* If you are hosting a relevant seminar or event and it is not listed - please email usher.news@ed.ac.uk*

Distingushed Speakers Seminar Series

The Distinguised Speakers Seminar series at the Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics is organised by Professor Raj Bhopal, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health.

Previous seminars in the series:

For further information, contact Brenda Saetta on brenda.saetta@ed.ac.uk

Events from across the College 

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine website includes a list of events happening across the College, including the prestigious Inaugural Lecture Series.

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine Events

Elsewhere in the University

For details of other seminars around the University, please see the University of Edinburgh Seminar Site.

University of Edinburgh Seminar Site