• Chronic disease in companion animals to investigate environmental factors that might also cause chronic disease in people
    Professor David Church, Dr Dan O’Neil and Dr Stijn Niessen, Royal Veterinary College
    14 Dec, 2015
    Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre (1st Floor)
    School of Public Health, St Mary's Campus
    Imperial College London
    Paddington, London
    W2 1PG
    United Kingdom
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    The MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health has invited epidemiologists from the Royal Veterinary College (RVS) for 2 presentations and a roundtable discussion on Monday 14th December from 1:30pm in Roger Banister Lecture Theatre, St Mary’. These talks will form the background for discussions on collaborations between your Centre and the Royal Veterinary College where patterns of chronic disease in companion animals might be used to investigate environmental factors that might also cause chronic disease in people.


    Because of the way in which pets share their environment with their owners there are a number of opportunities where studying humans and pet animals together in a systematic way could generate exciting new insights when compared to the study of each in isolation – these include chronic diseases (e.g. cancer, kidney disease, hypertension diabetes and other endocrinopathies) where environmental factors play a role.  One advantage of this ‘One Health’ approach is that the shorter lifespan of dogs and cats means that diseases may develop and progress more rapidly than in people. In addition, differences in metabolic pathways between species might lead to the same environmental pollutant giving rise to a different syndrome in pets which nevertheless could still act as surrogates for the detrimental chronic effects of that pollutant in the environment.


    During this meeting researchers from the RVC will explain how epidemiological data are collected from large numbers (millions) of veterinary patients using our disease surveillance system (VetCompass).  Data will also be presented from an exemplar research project where we have evidence that environmental pollutants are associated with the occurrence of growth hormone producing tumours in cats. Finally, a round table discussion will be held to identify areas of future collaboration between epidemiologists and clinical researchers from the RVC and members of the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health which show the greatest promise.


    The Vice Principal (Jonathan Elliott) is keen to foster academic collaborations across the veterinary and medical fields – they have a very active veterinary epidemiology group headed by Professor Pfeiffer which has broad interests. They have been successfully accessing data from primary care practices across the UK to study the prevalence and spatial distribution of pet animal diseases (Vetcompass - http://www.rvc.ac.uk/vetcompass ) which they would be happy to discuss.



    Date: Monday 14th December 2015

    Venue: Roger Bannister Lecture Theatre, St Mary’s, School of Public Health, Imperial College London

    1:30-1:40pm:      Introduction and welcome

    1:40-2:10pm:      “RVC VetCompass: research opportunities from primary-care veterinary clinical” Professor David Church and Dr Dan O’Neil

    2:10-2:50pm:      "Companion animals as sentinels for environmental contaminant induced endocrine dysfunction" Dr Stijn Niessen

  • Researchers' Society Christmas Gala featuring Professor Robert Winston
    Sir Robert Winston
    07 Dec, 2015
    Rothschild Lecture Theatre
    School of Public Health
    St Mary's Campus, School of Public Health, Imperial College London
    Paddington, London
    W2 1PG
    United Kingdom
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    The Researchers' Society presents a talk by Professor Robert Winston on Monday 7 December 2015 in the Anthony de Rothschild Lecture Theatre at Imperial's St Mary's campus. Further details will follow shortly.

  • Stat-XP Short course: Statistical methods to characterise the exposome from OMICs data
    07 Dec, 2015 to 11 Dec, 2015
    Old Street, London
    United Kingdom
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    Stat-XP is an introductory short course to statistical models required to analyse high throughput data from well-established OMICs platforms. This includes genetic, transcriptomic, metabonomics and epigenetics data.

    The course will provide an in-depth description of the OMICs data, their features, and the challenges their statistical analysis raises. Stat-XP will also propose a series of lectures describing the main statistical methods used in molecular epidemiology. These include:

    • univariate models and multiple testing correction strategies (FWER, FDR)
    • dimension reduction techniques, and 
    • variable selection approaches (penalised regression and Bayesian variable selection).


    Corresponding seminars will show how these methods are used in practice, and computer-based practical sessions will give the opportunity to use and get familiar with the well-established software/packages enabling such analyses. Finally, we will describe methodological perspectives to improve the analysis of OMICs data in the context of the exposome.


    More details (Brochure 2015 PDF Acrobat DocumentThe full Brochure details the content of the course. 

  • United Kingdom Molecular Epidemiology Group (UK MEG)
    Various speakers
    01 Dec, 2015
    The Research Beehive
    Old Library Building
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom
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    The UK Molecular Epidemiology Group (UKMEG), will host a one day meeting entitled ‘The Ageing World: employing molecular epidemiology to advance lifelong health’. The meeting will be held in the Research Beehive, Newcastle upon Tyne on December 1st 2015.  Please find the attached programme and registration details. 


    PLEASE NOTE: Whilst the meeting will have an ageing focus, abstracts are invited across all areas of molecular epidemiology.

    Participation of young scientists is particularly welcome. The registration fee for students is only £15!


    Registration and abstract submission for short oral and poster presentations is now open (deadline October 19th), with prizes and bursaries available for early career researchers.

    If you require further information please see the UKMEG website (http://www.meguk.org/) or contact jill.mckay@ncl.ac.uk