Journal Club

The VAC4EU Journal Club is a monthly appointment for members of VAC4EU and for its community. It exists for people with a common passion and curiosity for vaccine research. The Journal Club is fun! It is not time to speak about our own work or deadlines, but rather a place to share open questions, doubts, and progress in our understanding of 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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Previous Appointments

Judit Riera Arnau

27 October, 2023

University Medical Center Utrecht


A comparison of data quality assessment checks in six data sharing networks. Callahan eta al. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2017

Elisa Barbieri

29 September, 2023

University of Padova


Hybrid immunity against reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 following a previous SARS-CoV-2 infection and single dose of the BNT162b2 vaccine in children and adolescents: a target trial emulation. Gazit et al. Lancet Microb. 2023

Giuseppe Roberto

28 July, 2023

ARS Toscana


Effectiveness of mRNA vaccine boosters against infection with the SARS-CoV-2 omicron (B.1.1.529) variant in Spain: a nationwide cohort study. Monge et al. Lancet Infect Dis 2022

Elena Dudukina

31 March, 2023

Aarhus University Hospital


Emulating target trial of interventions initiated during pregnancy with healthcare databases: the example of COVID-19 vaccination. Hernandez-Diaz et al. Epidemiology. 2023

Angela Luppatelli

24 February, 2023

University of Oslo


A marginal structural model for recurrent events in the presence of time-dependent confounding: non-specific effect of vaccines on child hospitalizations Aksel KG Jensen et al. Statistics in Medicine. 2016

Xabier Garcia de Albeniz Martinez

25 November, 2022

RTI Health Solutions


Continuation of annual screening mammography and breast cancer mortality in women older than 70 years. Garcia-Albeniz et al. Ann Intern Med. 2020.

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Lau Amdisen

28 October, 2022

Aarhus University Hospital


Using big data to emulate a target trial when a randomized trial is not avaialable Hernan and Robins. Am J Epidemiol. 2016

Sophie Bots

29 July, 2022

Utrecht University


Tutorial in biostatistics: the self controlled case series method. Withaker et al. Stat Med. 2006

Nicolas Thurin

17 June, 2022

BPE / Universite de Bordeaux


Framework for visulalizing study design and data observability in electronic health record data. Wang et al. Clinical Epidemiology. 2022

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Lin Li

27 May, 2022


United States of America

Methods for addressing “innocent bystanders” when evaluating safety of concomitant vaccines. Wang et al. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2018​

Rosa Gini

24 April, 2022

ARS Toscana


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

How to Participate

To participate in the VAC4EU Journal Club, please subscribe to the mailing list here and you will receive a periodic invitation to register to the next appointment. If you would like to volunteer to speak at the VAC4EU Journal Club, please don’t hesitate to a message to Below, you’ll find any upcoming appointments which you are welcome to join!

Upcoming Appointments

Friday, 23 February, 2024, 15:00 to 16:00 CET

Felipe Villalobos, Primary Care Researcher from IDIAP Jordi Gol in Barcelona, will present on “Association between SARS-CoV-2 vaccination and healthcare contacts for menstrual disturbance and bleeding in women before and after menopause: nationwide, register based cohort study” (Ljung et al, 2023). You can register for the meeting at the link below.

Friday, 22 March, 2024, 15:00 to 16:00 CET

Giorgio Limoncella, a PhD student at the Department of Statistics at the University of Florence, Italy, will present on “Emulating a Target Trial of Interventions Initiated During Pregnancy with Healthcare Databases: The Example of COVID-19 Vaccination” (Hernández-Díaz et al, 2023). We will update this page with a registration link soon. Hope to see you there!