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CHÉOS Trainee Seminar: Erica Jaaf & Megan Kurz

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May 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

CHÉOS Trainee Seminars feature presentations from trainees affiliated with CHÉOS or the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI), and additionally may include an invited speaker addressing career development topics. These hybrid seminars are open to all (registration required). For more information, please contact jpongrac@cheos.ubc.ca.

Looms and Tapestries: Clinical Data Management at CHÉOS

Erica Jaaf, Data Management Operations Lead, CHÉOS and the CTN

Erica leads a team of data specialists that provide Data Management support to both the Centre of Health Evaluation and Outcomes Science (CHEOS) and the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network (CTN).  She believes that constructing a data base is a form of craftsmanship.  Much like a tapestry, if you take the time to prepare the foundations and design a database for its required function it will perform that function well.  Erica will walk us through those steps demonstrating how her team constructs a database fit for purpose.

Erica is the Data Management Operations Lead in Clinical Data Management at CHÉOS and the CTN.  She holds a BA(Hons) and is a Certified Clinical Data Manager.  With 17 years of experience, she is responsible for the organization and execution of the CHÉOS/CTN data processes and strategies, including all data capture, storage and retrieval processes.  In her day-to-day activities, Erica provides comprehensive data management activities for specific trials, oversight for the data management team and support staff, project scope forecasting and projections as well as collaborates in supporting work flows for operations. 

Application of social network analysis on population-level administrative databases for substance use disorder

Megan Kurz, Statistician, CHÉOS

Social network analysis is a novel methodology that can model connections between actors (such as physicians) within a network to understand their patterns, influence, and relationships. We aim to apply this methodology for connections between BC prescribers and how their relationships with each other impact prescribing decisions and guideline adherence. An example will be presented on visualizing and describing the diffusion of BC’s initial implementation of prescribed safer supply among prescribers with substance use disorder clients.

Megan is a new PhD student at SFU’s Faculty of Health Science that previously received a Master of Science in Statistics from SFU, and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Mathematics and Computer Science. With a heavy analytical and computational background, my interest is in applying unique and complicated statistical techniques to help real-world issues, specifically in opioid use disorder with the goals to improve treatment retention and patient experience.

Registration required: https://ubc.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5wrd-urqD8uGdf6f667WE_jo8-rEGyRg6ON

Attendance can be in person or virtually. For those attending in person, a light lunch will be provided.


May 12
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Room 1500 at St. Paul’s Hospital, or Online
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