Jan 24

Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology – The Conversation Continues!




Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology: From Scientific Discoveries to Population Health Impact


On December 12-13, 2012, the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) hosted “Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology:  From Scientific Discoveries to Population Health Impact,” an open workshop to help shape new foci for cancer epidemiology research.  In particular, the meeting focused on 4 drivers that are likely to shape the field of epidemiology in the next decade across the discovery to translation continuum.  The specific drivers include methods and technologies, multidisciplinary collaboration, multilevel analysis, and knowledge integration (More information is available on the workshop webpage).

The event featured:

  • Thought leaders who gave brief presentations on their views about current priorities and opportunities in the field of epidemiology.
  • Panelists  and audience members who discussed challenges posed by a deluge of big data, the potential for more advances in genomics and other fields, new possibilities for translating research into practice, and much more.
  • A lively online discussion using Twitter and e-mail that included perspectives from postdoctoral fellows and young investigators, EGRP grantees, and others involved in research and public health practice.
  • A live videocast (Day 1 and Day 2 of the meeting were archived on http://videocast.nih.gov and are still available for viewing.)

Anticipating the workshop would ignite conversation, we did our best to include ideas and questions from the broader research community.  Prior to the meeting, we used a series of blog posts to ask the scientific community specific questions related to the workshop sessions.  Several participants commented and reported presentations in real-time using the Twitter meeting hashtag, #trendsinepi.  We directed questions that were submitted by our online participants via e-mail and Twitter to our workshop panelists.

We will use the input—including blog comments, speaker presentations, tweets, e-mails, and dialogue during the meeting—to draft a series of recommended priorities and actions for NCI, NIH, and the research community.  These recommendations will be posted for comment in the future on this blog site.  Additionally, a series of commentaries related to the workshop will be released in an upcoming issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention.

Many aspects of this meeting—the live videocast and the use of a blog and Twitter—were new experiments for us.  If you watched or participated in the workshop, we welcome your impressions and feedback.

  • What were your big takeaways from the meeting?
  • What should we do differently for our next open workshop?

Please share your comments in the box below or send us an e-mail at nciepimatters@mail.nih.gov.


EGRP’s Workshop Science Advisory Group

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