Seminar Series

The EpiBio Seminar Series takes place weekly on Fridays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The Series features talks by Faculty, PhD Candidates, External and Internal guests, all presenting on a variety of topics in the field of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

All graduate students are required to attend the weekly departmental seminar series in the first two terms of registration (fall and winter). This seminar series milestone will appear on the transcript as complete or incomplete, based on student participation (at least 80% attendance is required). Students who miss more than 20% of seminars in the first year will have to complete the missed seminars in their second year. The Seminar Series Schedule is available below.

Everyone is welcome to attend.


Fall 2023 Schedule
Date Speaker Seminar Title
September 15

Dr. Bhautesh Jani
General Practice and Primary Care

School of Health and Wellbeing
University of Glasgow

Risk assessment, multimorbidity and personalised medicine in primary care: One size does not fit all!
September 22

Dr. Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga
Associate Professor

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Modeling event times with applications to health care outcomes
September 29  No Seminar - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
October 6

Dr. Janie Coulombe
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Université de Montréal

Recent advances in causal inference under irregular observation times for the outcome 

October 13

Dr. Kuan Liu
Assistant Professor

Institute of Health Policy
Management and Evaluation and the Biostatistics Division
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto

Causal inference approaches for estimating time-varying treatment effect: an application in juvenile dermatomyositis therapeutics

October 20

Dr. Janet Martin
Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine,
Epidemiology & Biostatistics 
Western University

Delivering Just in Time Evidence During Pandemics and Epidemics through Large-Scale Iterative Global Research for Surgery & Perioperative Care

October 27

PhD Thesis Proposal Defense Public Lectures

Surim Son 
PhD Candidate

Program: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Supervisor(s): Dr. Mark Speecley and Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University

Emily Dawson
PhD Candidate

Program: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Supervisor(s): Emil Schemitsch & Ava John-Baptiste
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University




Potentially modifiable risk factors for low cognition and dementia in Canada




The association of waiting time with patient outcomes in hip and knee replacement


November 3 No Seminar - Reading week
November 10

Dr. Flory Tsobo Muanda
Assistant Professor

Physiology and Pharmacology
Epidemiology & Biostatistics Department of Western University

Adjunct Scientist
IC/ES Western and IC/ES
Kidney, dialysis, and transplantation

Affiliate Scientist
Lawson Health Research Institute

Using administrative data to conduct a population-based drug safety study in older adults with low kidney function: lessons learned.

November 17

Dr. Kate H. Choi
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Social Science Centre
Western University

Centre for Research on Social Inequality
Western University

Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Impact of Partner Choice Decisions on Women’s Fertility, Contraceptive Behavior, and Reproductive Health
November 24

Dr. Angelo Brandelli Costa
Graduate Program in Psychology, Social Science, Medicine and Health Sciences
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Su

Anna Martha Fontanari, PhD
Graduate Program in Medicine and Health Science

Marina Feijo
MSc Candidate
Graduate Program in Psychology
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Su

Effectiveness of interventions to promote sexual health and foster life skills among adolescents and young adults: an overview of systematic review and equity analysis

December 1


2023 Carol Buck Lecturer: Ashok Malla, PhD

Emeritus Professor
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University

From Early Intervention in Psychosis to Designing an Inclusive Youth Mental Health Service for all