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Pitt falls and methodological considerations in nutritional epidemiology
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3640-19-00-00 
Enrollment deadline: 01/11/2019
Date and time25.11.2019, at: 09:00 - 29.11.2019, at: 16:30
Regular seats12
Course fee8,040.00 kr.
LecturersBerit Lilienthal Heitmann
ECTS credits3.80
Contact personFanney Þorsteinsdóttir    E-mail address: fanney.thorsteinsdottir@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.
Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student, you will be placed on the waiting list for the course until enrollment deadline. After the deadline of enrollment, available seats will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1.understand diet reporting bias and consequences
2.understand methodological considerations related to measurement error, energy adjustment and substitution
3.understand the principles and use of Mendelian randomization
4.understand the potential, use and limitations of nutri-“omics”
5.apply directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) and graphical causal model theory

The aim of the course is to provide PhD.-students with basic knowledge in the epidemiology of human nutrition with an introduction to more advanced methodologies within nutritional epidemiology; Correlated data, adjustment for total energy, correction for measurement error, bias, evaluation of diet intake, biomarkers, molecular nutrition and diet and health.

PhD students with basic knowledge in epidemiology and nutrition

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Public Health and Epidemiology
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics


Lectures, group work, discussions, exercises.

Course director
Berit L. Heitmann, Professor, PhD, berit.lilienthal.heitmann@regionh.dk

Amongst others:

•George TH Ellison, PhD DSc, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, UK.
“Analyzing the relationship between early life nutrition and lifestyle and health in later life: identifying and adjusting for potential confounders”

•James Stubbs, Prof, School of psychology, University of Leeds, UK
“Problems, pitfalls and possible solutions to diet mis-reporting in nutritional epidemiology” and “Energy balance calculations and equations”

•Leigh Ward, PhD, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Australia
“Methods for measuring body composition”, and “The specific use of impedance and other field methods for measuring body composition in nutrition epidemiology studies”

•Laust Hvas Mortensen, Prof., Section of Epidemiology, University of Copenhagen
“Genes and Mendelian randomisation in nutrition epidemiology”, “Colider-bias - in nutrition epidemiology”, and “Mediation in relations between diet and health”

•Inga Tetens, Prof., Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, University of Copenhagen
“Pitfalls and considerations in the use of nutrition epidemiology in a public health context”

•Marianne Uhre Jakobsen, Senior Researcher at Technical University of Denmark, DTU
“Adjustment for energy and substitution”

•Christina Dahm, Associate Prof., Department of Public Health, Arhus University
“Regression calibration of nutritional epidemiology”, and “Diet and cancer: what’s the evidence?”

•Mia Klinten Grand, Postdoc, Section of Biostatistics, University of Copenhagen and Research Unit of General Practice
“Prenatal vitamin D and risk of childhood asthma - an example of confounding by indication”

•Berit L. Heitmann Prof., Institute of Public health, The section for general Practice, Copenhagen University, and Research Unit for Dietary Studies at the Parker Institute, Frederiksberg Hospital.
“Reporting bias and consequences”

25-11-2019 – 29-11-2019 (5 days)

Course location
Research Unit for Dietary Studies, The Parker Institute
Frederiksberg Hospital
Nordre Fasanvej 57, Vej 8, Indgang 19
2000 Frederiksberg

Please register before 01-11-2019

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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