Pitfalls and methodological considerations in nutritional epidemiology

25-11-2019 – 29-11-2019

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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 collider-bias, mediation, regression and confounding in relations between diet and health
4. understand the principles and use of Mendelian randomization
5. understand use of and the measuring of body composition in nutrition epidemiology studies
6. 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.

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”, “Collider-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”


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

Please register here 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.