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SPER News – Fall 2017
- Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
- Title: Thyroid hormones and menstrual function in a longitudinal cohort of premenopausal women
- Mentor: Michele Marcus
- Co-authors: Penelope Howards, Lydsey Darrow, Metrecia Terrell, Jessica Spencer, James Kesner, Juliana Meadows, Michele Marcus
- Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Aarhus, Denmark
- Title: Risk of dementia in adults with congenital heart disease: A population-based cohort study
Rising Star Award: Deshayne Fell
- School of Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Ottawa
- Mentor: Robert Platt
Mentoring Award: Claudia Holzman
- Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Michigan State University
President’s Award: Michael Kramer
- Depts. of Pediatrics and of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University
Trainee Poster Awards
Daniel Kuhr, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
- Title: Vitamin D and bioavailability of androgens in women with proven fecundity
- Co-authors: Lindsey Sjaarda, Keewan Kim, Ukpebo Omosigho, Neil Perkins, Robert Silver, Enrique Schisterman, Tiffany Holland, Sunni Mumford
Helen Chin, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Title: Urinary concentrations of phthalate metabolites and associations with the rise of human chorionic gonadotropin and rescue of the corpus luteum
- Co-authors: Anne Marie Jukic, Kelly Ferguson, Clarice Weinberg, Allen Wilcox, Donna Baird
Kristen Moore, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Title: Chlamydia trachomatis seroprevalence and ultrasound diagnosed uterine fibroids in a large population of African-American women
Farah Qureshi, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
- Title: Psychological and behavioral assets in childhood and the maintenance of optimal cardiometabolic health to age 17
- Co-Authors: Laura Kubzansky, Karestan Koenen
June 19-20, 2017 – Seattle, Washington
Meeting archives available here
Meeting Quick Stats:
- Attendees at the Advanced Methods Workshop: 77
- Attendees at the Regular Meeting: 268
Day 1: Advanced Methods Workshop
The advanced methods workshop provided an informative and stimulating start to our annual meeting. Neil Perkins discussed sensitivity analyses for missing data, and Daniel Westreich & Elizabeth Rogawski provided guidance on how to pursue epidemiologic questions with policy relevance. The workshop was highly attended, with nearly 20 additional participants compared to last year! If you were unable to attend, slides from both presentations are available for SPER members; you must sign in to the SPER web site to access them (click here)
Many thanks to our presenters!
The 30th Annual Meeting opened with a panel of 6 former winners of the Student Prize Paper Award. They presented on the remarkable advancements in our field since SPER began and the challenges that lie ahead. Many thanks to Michael Bloom, Claudia Holzman, Pauline Mendola, Laura Schieve, Jennifer Hutcheon, and Candice Johnson for a great opening session!
Day 1: Plenary Session
Plenary Session 1 celebrated the 50th anniversary of NICHD by highlighting some of the cutting edge research from its scientists. Thank you to Germaine Buck-Lewis, Keewan Kim, Enrique Schisterman, Alaina Bever, and Yeyi Zhou.
Day 2: Roundtable Discussions
This year’s meeting featured three engaging roundtables. Tania Lombo (National Institutes of Health) discussed the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, Jonathan Snowden (Oregon Health and Sciences University) discussed physiologic perspectives on pregnancy and childbirth, and Michael Bloom (SUNY University at Albany) discussed the challenges associated with teaching reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric epidemiology to the next generation of scholars. Thanks to our moderators and participants for the great start to Day 2!
Day 2: Plenary Sessions
The plenary sessions featured a broad range of topics with relevance to mothers, children, and families. Themes included maternal morbidities (e.g., mental health; metabolic disorders), perinatal outcomes (e.g., preterm delivery), fetal and pediatric growth (e.g., weight gain; obesity), and neurodevelopment (e.g., ADHD, ASD). Thanks to our presenters for an engaging series of talks!
There were 235 posters presented across two poster sessions, spanning diverse topics in perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. Prior to each of these sessions, five “speed posters” were highlighted in the plenary to provide the audience with a broad sample of research represented at the meeting.
Dr. Frederick Rivara (University of Washington) gave a riveting keynote entitled “Guns, children, and the peril to science.” He reviewed the “state-of-the-evidence” regarding guns and pediatric health, including how politics affect research infrastructure and the translation of findings into evidence-based policy.
Thanks to Dr. Rivara for his engaging address!
First, I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the success of our 30th Annual Meeting last June. As always, presenters, moderators, reviewers, and participants made the meeting a lively forum of discussion and intellectual exchange. Many people worked behind the scenes to make this all work like a well-oiled machine: the members of the SPER Executive Committee- in particular, Carey Drews-Botsch, our outgoing president and the driving force behind the past meeting, Sue Bevan, and the many reviewers who helped with evaluating the entries for our awards. SPER is fortunate to have such dedicated members, and I am particularly grateful to our outgoing officers: Suzan Carmichael (past president), Danelle Lobdell (treasurer), Sarah Tinker (member-at-large) Jennifer Zeitlin (international member-at-large), and Sarah Pugh (Student Representative).
A special thank you goes to those of you who answered our annual SPER survey. Your comments are invaluable in helping the Executive Committee steer the Society in the right direction. We will continue to build on our strengths while addressing the areas that need improvement. I have read all your responses carefully, and we have started to work on implementing some of your suggestions. Among others, we are going to assess the members’ interest in a “distance mentoring” program, in which a trainee or early investigator would be paired with a more senior colleague as a go-to person for career or scientific advice. We are working on improving the SPER website and on making online access to Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology easy. We will do our best to ensure more diversity of topics, institutions, and countries at future SPER meetings. While we are working on these and other ideas, we are eager for suggestions for how we can continue to grow and improve SPER. If you would like to contribute, please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and write “Suggestion, SPER” in the subject, so I will know to give these messages my immediate attention. I am looking forward to hearing from you.