Journal Club

The VAC4EU Journal Club is a monthly appointment for members of VAC4EU and for its community. Its purpose is to share the common passion and curiosity for vaccine research. The Journal Club is fun! It is not a moment when we speak about deadlines, or about own work, but it’s a place to share open questions, and even doubts, and progress in our understanding on interesting topics thanks to the interaction with each other: it is a place where we are not afraid that our questions are too naive.

During the Journal Club, a speaker presents a published paper of his or her choice. The paper may cover any topic related to vaccine research, from methodological issues, to results of relevance, to curious findings. The speaker is free to take the opportunity of the Journal Club to better understand a paper with the help of the critical discussion with the audience: the conversation is highly interactive, open and informal!

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You will receive a periodic invitation to register to the next appointment.

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Upcoming Appointments:

Friday 31st of March 2023, 3-4 CEST

Elena Dudukina, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University Hospital,
will speak about:

Emulating a Target Trial of Interventions Initiated During Pregnancy with Healthcare Databases: The Example of COVID-19 Vaccination. Epidemiology. Hernández-Díaz S, Huybrechts KF, Chiu YH, Yland JJ, Bateman BT, Hernán MA. 2023 Mar 1;34(2):238-246.

Previous Appointments:

Friday, 24 February 2023 (3-4pm CEST)

Angela Luppatelli, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo,
will speak about:

“A marginal structural model for recurrent events in the presence of time-dependent confounding: non-specific effects of vaccines on child hospitalisations” Aksel KG Jensen et al. Statistics in Medicine. 2016 Nov 30;35(27):5051-5069. doi: 10.1002/sim.7060

Friday 25th of November, 3-4pm CEST

Xabier Garcia de Albeniz Martinez, Department of epidemiology, RTI Health Solutions, will speak about the following paper:
Continuation of Annual Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer Mortality in Women Older Than 70 Years – X. Garcıa-Albeniz, M.A. Hernan et al. Ann Intern Med. 2020;172:381-389.

Friday 28th of October, 3-4pm CEST

Lau Amdisen, Department of Clinical Medicine – Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Aarhus University, Denmark, will speak about the following paper: Using Big Data to Emulate a Target Trial When a Randomized Trial Is Not Available – Miguel A Hernán, James M Robins –  Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Apr 15;183(8):758-64

29th July, 3-4pm CEST

Sophie Bots, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Clinical Pharmacology, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, Utrecht University, The Netherlands will speak about:
Whitaker HJ, Farrington CP, Spiessens B, Musonda P. Tutorial in biostatistics: the self-controlled case series method. Stat Med. 2006 May 30;25(10):1768–97.

17th June, 3-4pm CEST

Nicolas Thurin, BPE, Universite de Bordeaux, France will speak about:

Wang S et al, A Framework for Visualizing Study Designs and Data Observability in Electronic Health Record Data, Clinical Epidemiology. 2022.

27th May, 3-4pm CEST

Lin Li, Sanofi, France will speak about:

Wang SV, Abdurrob A, Spoendlin J, Lewis E, Newcomer SR, Fireman B, Daley MF, Glanz JM, Duffy J, Weintraub ES, Kulldorff M. Methods for addressing “innocent bystanders” when evaluating safety of concomitant vaccines. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018 Apr;27(4):405-412. doi: 10.1002/pds.4399.

29th April, 3-4pm CEST

Rosa Gini, ARS Toscana (Italy) spoke about:

“Sullivan S et al, Theoretical Basis of the Test-Negative Study Design for Assessment of Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness, Am J Epidemiol. 2016.”