Epidemiology Grand Rounds and Special Seminars

The Columbia University Epidemiology Grand Rounds (CUEGR) and Special Seminar series hosts global leaders in epidemiology who share their ground-breaking work with the Department’s faculty, students, and the Columbia community at-large. These lectures present a broad range of topics, fostering academic exchange around key issues in epidemiology. The series has forged important links between the Department and leading figures and programs in public health and epidemiology throughout the world. Lectures are followed by discussion and interaction between speakers and audience in order to forge new dialogue and ideas for science and policy. Speakers are invited to spend the day at Columbia with ample time to engage faculty and students prior to the lecture.


December 4Cecilia Magnusson, MD, PHDCUEGR: Sweden – The Epidemiologists’ Valhalla
November 6Stephen J. Chanock, MDCUEGR: Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture
October 30
Caroline A. Thompson, PhD, MPH
Disentangling Cancer Healthcare Disparities: Real World Data and Casual Inference Methodology
October 7
Yueqin Huang, MD, PhD
Epidemiology of psychiatric disorders in China: Findings from the national mental health survey
October 2Nour Makarem, PhD, MS
The Role of Sleep and Meal Timing in Cardiovascular Risk:  Is Body Clock Medicine the New Prevention Approach?
September 18Jessica Justman, MDDepartment Seminar: HIV Population Surveys: Bringing Precision to the Global Response
April 17George Davey SmithCUEGR: Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture: Post- "Modern Epidemiology": when methods meet matter
April 16James Noble, MD, MS, CPH, FAANSports-related concussions
April 15Samuel Jenness, PhDNetwork-Based Transmission Models to Identify Novel Strategies for HIV and STI Prevention
April 15Surinder Jaswal, PhDClimate Change and Migrant Workers in India: From Vulnerability to Adaptation
April 11Jeremy Kane, PhD, MPHApplications of psychiatric epidemiology for measuring and treating substance use problems in low- and middle-income countries
April 11Michael B. Cook, PhDAnswering critical questions of esophageal adenocarcinoma and prostate cancer
March 28Sander Markx, MDCNTNAP2-Associated Autism: From Animal Model to hiPSC-Derived Neuronal Model to Clinical Trial
March 28Jaime Slaughter-Acey, PhD, MPHBeyond race: The salience of skin tone and black women's birth outcomes
March 26Melissa Tracy, PhD, MPHApplication of complex systems approaches to injury
March 15Shehnaz K. Hussain, PhD, ScMHepatocellular Carcinoma: Mechanisms of pathogenesis & opportunities for prevention
March 11Lisa Saiman, MD, MPHImpact and Control of Heathcare-associated Infections caused by Multidrug-resistant Organisms
March 4Jessica Petrick, PHD, MPHObesity and cancer: Etiology, mechanisms, and future directions
February 28T. Peter Kingham, MD, FACSImproving outcomes for cancer patients in Nigeria: A global oncology program
February 27Michael Harhay, PhDMeasuring and modeling treatment effects in trials for critically ill patients
February 25Simon Anthony, D.PhilViral Discovery as a Tool in Pandemic Preparedness
February 20Megan Murray, MD, MPH, DPH

CUEGR: Who gets TB infection and disease in Lima, Peru

February 19Stanley Lemeshow, PhD, MSPHAssessing the calibration of the logistic regression model with a binary outcome variable: Problems and potential solutions with big data
January 31Martin Picard, PhDMitochondrial mechanisms for the biological embedding of psychosocial experiences
January 30James Kirkbride, PhDOn being out of place: Towards an integrated understanding of the social epidemiology of psychotic disorders
January 29Kathleen Bachynski, PhD, MPHTime Out: NFL conflicts of interest with public health efforts to prevent traumatic brain injury
January 24Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD,
Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH
Toward a Biology of Resilience and Health, A Public Health Paradigm





December 10Denise Paone, PhDMeasuring the Opioid Epidemic: Surveillance to Inform and Evaluate a Public Health Approach
November 28Miguel Hernán, MD, MPH, ScM, DrPHCUEGR: Estimating per-protocol effects: Randomized trials analyzed like observational studies
November 19Kitty H. Gelberg, PhD, MPHApplied Public Health - Tackling Diseases of Despair
November 15Heather Ochs-Balcom, PhDFamilial breast cancer studies in the post-GWAS era
November 7Mark Schiffman, MD, MPHCUEGR: Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture: Beyond the Pap test: Precise and simple cervical cancer screening and management guidelines
October 25Cathryn Bock, PhDProstate Cancer Disparities: What we know and where to go
October 25Edward Huey, MDNeoropsychiatric symptoms in Frontotemporal dementia and related disorders
October 15Catherine Stayton, DrPH, MPH,
Deena Patel, PhD
NYC Traffic Crashes: Classifying Crash Severity using Crash Reports and Hospital Data
September 20Kara Rudolph, PhDImproving prediction of intervention effects across populations
September 17Xuguang (Grant) Tao, MD, PhDOpioid Utilization and its Association with Workers Compensation Cost and Return to Work
June 22Chanita Hughes Halbert, PhDSocial Determinants of Minority Health and Health Disparities from a Translational Perspective
May 31Matthew Lebowitz, PhD(Unintended) Consequences of Biomedical Explanations for Mental Disorders
April 27Sharon Manne, PhDPsychological Interventions for Cancer Patients
April 26Lawrence Amsel, MD, MPHTowards a Mathematical Psychiatry: Using Decision Theory and Game Theory to Model Complicated Grief
April 26Justin Brown, PhDThe Role of Energy Balance Related Lifestyle Factors in Colorectal Cancer Prognosis
April 24Tara Kelley-Baker, PhDThe Four Pillars of Traffic Safety
April 20Hazel Nichols, PhDReproductive Health after Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer
April 19Martha Hickey, MSc, MSChB, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, MDWHAM: What happens after menopause? Preliminary findings from a prospective, multicentre, age-matched trial of RRBSO in premenopausal high-risk women
April 13Luis Carvajal-Carmona, PhDCancer Genetic studies in Latino popluations
April 12Andreas Neophytou, ScDCounterfactuals in epidemiology: Using observational data to answer causal questions
April 11Elizabeth YeampierreCUEGR: Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture: Climate Justice: From Brooklyn to Puerto Rico
April 10Nrupen Bhavsar, PhD, MPHImproving Population Health Through Novel Epidemiologic Approaches
March 29Mitchell Elkind, MD, MSTwenty Years of the Northern Manhattan Study: What Have We Learned about Brain Health?
March 28Jeanette Stingone, PhD, MPHUnlocking the potential of big public health data: Incorporating data science into the epidemiologist's toolbox
March 27Monica Wendel, DrPH, MAChanging the Narrative on Youth Violence Prevention
March 15Johnathon Ehsani, PhD, MPHPractice driving and crash risk among newly licesensed teen drivers. Is there a link?
March 9Diana Buist, PhD,
Shine Chang, PhD,
Amy Trentham-Dietz, PhD
On the Moonshot and Beyond: Perspectives from 20 years in Cancer Prevention
March 6Sandra Albrecht, PhD, MPHSocioecological influences of obesity and diabetes risk among Hispanic/Latino populations
March 2Lisa Bodnar, PhD, MPHChallenges in defining optimal weight gain ranges for pregnant women
February 27Joel Caplan, PhDRisk terrain modeling: Geospatial risk assessment for public health and safety
February 27Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH, MPHDrug policis and opioid overdose in the United States: A spatio-temporal approach to policy evaluation
February 22Nathalie Jette, MD, MSc, FRCPCDepression in epilepsy - epidemiological lessons that can be applied to other chronic conditions
February 21Frank B. Hu, MD, PhDCUEGR: The role of precision nutrition in obesity and diabetes prevention and management
February 20Rupak Shivakoti, PhD, MSPHNutrition, inflammation and gut microbiome in HIV
February 16Julia Brody, PhDMoving beyond 'don't ask, don't tell': Environmental research into endocrine disruptors in engaged communities
February 12Matthew Mimiaga, ScDFrom the ground up: Applying a syndemics model to enhance HIV prevention science among marginalized groups globally
February 7Seth Prins, PhD, MPHThe criminalization of mental illness and the medicalization of crime as social determinants of health
January 29Katherine Ornstein, PhD, MPHReframing healthcare beyond the individual: A focus on serious illness and end-of-life care
January 26Roshni Rao, MD, FACSExercise during neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer
January 25Mark Olfson, MD, MPHUsing epidemiological research to inform suicide prevention
January 23James Noble, MD, MS, CPHEpidemiological challenges in concussion and CTE
January 17Fred Tabung, PhD, MSPHThe inflammatory and insulinemic potential of diet and risk of cancer



December 19Vincent Duron, MDTrauma survelliance in global health
December 15Anita Koushik, PhDThe role of lifestyle factors on ovarian cancer risk
December 6Mona Hanna-Atisha, MD, MPH, FAAPCUEGR: The Flint water crisis: A journey for justice
December 1Deborah Donnell, PhDImplementation science and clinical trial design: Current perspectives from HIV prevention
November 30Adam Brickman, PhDReconsidering harbingers of Alzheimer's disease: Risk factors, biomarkers, and white matter hyperintensities
November 17Max O'Donnell, MD, MPHA precision public health approach to epidemic viral respiratory infection in Uganda
November 14Andrew WillisPreventing adverse childhood experiences
October 27Ted Cohen, MD, MPH, DPHUsing geographic and pathogen genetic data to understand tuberculosis transmission
October 27Camille Ragin, PhD, MPHCancer health disparities in the African diaspora: Investigating contributions of biology and the environment
October 26Murray Stein, MD, MPHMilitary mental health epidemiology
October 24Shankar Viswanathan, DrPH, MScInflicted traumatic brain injury (iTBI) study: An examination of a hidden epidemic
September 29Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhDArsenic genetics, epigenetics, and health effects: Evidence from US populations
September 26Hasanat Alamgir, PhDEpidemiology and economic burden of occupational falls in health care
September 22Celia Byrne, PhDIs mammographic breast density an intermediate biomarker for breast cancer?
August 1Suzanne Leal, PhD, MSMethods to identify the genetic etiology of complex traits through the analysis of massively parallel sequence data
July 17Lauren Houghton, PhD, MScAn epidemiologic time warp: Study designs for diseases of long latency
July 10Yuequin Huang, MD, PhDEpidemiology of psychiatric disorders in China: Findings from the national mental health survey
June 23Daniel Freedberg, MD, MSHow the hospital environment shapes risk for Clostridium difficile infection
June 6Haidong Wang, PhDEstimating burden of disease due to HIV/AIDS: Current challenges and an integrated approach
May 25Jay Gingrich, MD, PhDSerotonin modulation of brain development: New implications for the use of antidepressants in pregnancy
May 18Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, PhD, MPHDisparities in brain aging: Measurement challenges, selection bias, and lifecourse inequities
May 11Wan Yang, PhDInference and forecast of infectious disease transmission dynamics
May 1Christopher Morrison, PhD, MPHWhere do bike lanes work best? Using spatial epidemiologic methods to improve road safety in our cities
April 28John Brooks, MDThe evolving epidemiology of HIV infection in persons who inject drugs: Lessons learned from Indiana 2015
April 27Jonas HagenEnvironmental justice, traffic safety, and street design: Preliminary results from New York City's Neighborhood Slow Zones
April 27George Bonanno, PhDLoss, trauma, and resilience: From heterogeneity to flexibility
April 21Michele Cote, PhD, MPHBenign breast cancer disease and breast cancer risk: The Detroit cohort
April 19Dean Alondra Nelson, MPhil, PhDCUEGR: Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture: Not just fun and games: The sociopolitical and medical import of "recreational" genetics
March 30Cruz María Nazario, PhDEpidemiological transitions: From infectious to chronic diseases in Puerto Rico
March 30Amelia Boehme, PhDThe relationship between infections and stroke
March 24Neil Schluger, MDThinking about tuberculosis elimination at home and abroad
March 23Melissa Tracy, PhD, MPHThe transmission of violence within social networks
March 22Pia Mauro, PhDSubstance use disorder and treatment access across the life course
March 8David Seres, MD, ScM, PNS, FASPENNursing home policies force unnecessary surgical feeding tubes: A multidisciplinary collaboration
February 24Daniel Westreich, PhDFrom patients to policies in HIV: Toward epidemiologic methods for implementation science
February 23Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPHSuicide contagion: Evidence and implications for postvention
February 21Sara Fredericka Jacoby, PhD, MSN, MPHOptimizing Injury Recovery in Underserved Urban Populations
February 8Kevin Volpp, MD, PhDCUEGR: Behavioral economics and health
February 2Silvia Martins, MD, PhDChild maltreatment and consequential future outcomes
February 1Esteban Calvo, PhD, MsPH,
Ignacio Madero-Cabib, PhD
From snapshots to movies: Labor-force sequences and health trajectories in old age
January 27Christine Kreuder Johnson, VMD, MPVM, PhDQuest for the secrets of pandemics: Understanding viral spillover and spread
January 26Yian Gu, PhDDietary factors and Alzheimer's disease
January 19Julian Santaella-Tenorio, DVM, MScThe influence of firearm legislation on violence: Evidence from US and international studies
January 12Xuesong Wang, PhDTraffic safety improvement activities in Shanghai



December 7Jason Corburn, PhD, MCPCUEGR Urban health equity on a planet of cities: From local to global
November 9Michelle Bell,  PhD , MSCUEGR: Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture: Climate change and human health: Reflections on research and remaining challenges
October 19Maria Glymour, ScD, MSCUEGR: Epidemiologic research in Alzheimer's disease and dementia prevention: Why aren't we making faster progress?
September 14Lisa Bowleg, PhDCUEGR: “I am a man”: Intersectionality, black heterosexual men, and sexual HIV risk
May 11Raj Chetty, PhDCUEGR: The relationship between life expectancy and income in the United States, 2001–2014
April 13Ruth Enid Zambrana, PhDCUEGR: ALan Berkman Memorial Lecture: Meanderings of Latino population health research: What is next?
March 9Laura C. Rodrigues, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPHMCUEGR: The epidemic of microcephaly attributed to ZIKA in Brasil
February 10Donna Spiegelman, ScDCUEGR: Towards a unified methodology of study design and statistical analysis for causal inference in implementation science
January 20Moyses Szklo, MDCUEGR: Translational epidemiology: Are we missing the boat?



December 9Ken Rothman, PhDCUEGR: Technology's role in the increasing isolation of epidemiologists
November 18Andrew Olshan, PhDCUEGR: Geoffrey Howe Memorial: The evolution of cancer epidemiology: Promise and pitfall
October 14Lisa Berkman, PhDCUEGR: Work, family, and health: The long arm of early and middle adulthood
September 30Sir Richard Peto, PhDCUEGR: Halving premature death
May 13Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPHCUEGR: Molecular markers of endocrine therapy failure: Controversies, results, and future directions
April 15Shiriki Kumanyika, PhD, MPHCUEGR: ALan Berkman Memorial: Seeking equity in solutions to obesity: Spinning the wheels of ethnicity, gender, and social class (Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture)
March 25Laura C. Rodrigues, MD, MSc, PhD, FFPHMCUEGR: Big data in epidemiology: Opportunities, challenges and one example: The virtual cohort of 80 million Brazilians
February 18Margaret Warner, PhD,
Cecelia McNamara Spitznas, PhD
CUEGR: The drug overdose epidemic: Epidemiology and control strategies
January 14Steve Marshall, PhDCUEGR: Innovations in concussion research and injury epidemiology: Can epidemiology make the world a better place?



December 10Meir Stampfer, MD, DrPHCUEGR: Why we should stop studying (overall) prostate cancer
November 19Lynn A. Rosenberg, MS, ScDCUEGR: (Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture)  What accounts for the excess of ER-Negative breast cancer in African American women?
October 15James Goedert, MDCUEGR: Epidemiologic studies of the microbiome and cancer: A short history and a long future
September 17Enrique Schisterman, PhD, MACUEGR: Randomized clinical trial of preconception low dose aspirin use and pregnancy rate: The EAGeR trial
May 7Cesar Victora, MD, PhDCUEGR: Epidemiology and the post-2015 agenda: What can we learn from monitoring the MDGs
April 16Arline T. Geronimus, ScDCUEGR: Alan Berkman Memorial; Weathering social climate change
April 2Olli MiettinenCUEGR: On progress in epidemiologic academia
March 26Dan King, PhD,
Lynda King, PhD
CUEGR: Positive adjustment among American repatriated prisoners of the Vietnam War: Modeling the long-term effects of captivity
February 19Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, MPHCUEGR: Sticks and stones may break my heart: How early physical and sexual abuse shape lifelong cardiovascular risk



December 4Brian Schwartz, MD, MSCUEGR: Navigating a career in environmental epidemiology: Has complexification been informative?
November 20Malcolm Pike, PhDCUEGR: Preventing breast cancer: Lessons from the prevention of ovarian cancer
October 23Jan P Vandenbroucke, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPECUEGR: Can counterfactual theory provide a complete theory of causal inference as we practice it in epidemiology?
September 11David Savitz, PhDCUEGR: From power lines to cell phones: 25 years of research on nonionizing radiation and cancer
April 24Susan Reverby, PhDCUEGR: The medical/political/revolutionary life of Dr. Alan Berkman
March 27Michelle Williams, ScDCUEGR: Diet, physical activity, and sleep: The three pillars of perinatal health
February 27Sander Greenland, DrPHCUEGR: Is epidemiology too difficult for statisticians?
January 23Steven Cole, PhDCUEGR: Social regulation of gene expression



December 5Lewis H. Kuller, MD, DrPHCUEGR: "Dead science" in the era of molecular biology? The NIH attack on epidemiology
November 14Nubia Muñoz, MD, MPHCUEGR: From etiology to prevention: The case of cervical cancer (Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture)
October 24Ronald Gray, MDCUEGR: Male circumcision for HIV/STI prevention: Trials and tribulations of implementation
April 25Salim Abdool Karim, MD, PhDCUEGR: Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture:  New hope for HIV prevention (Alan Berkman Memorial Lecture)
March 21David Hemenway, PhDCUEGR: Guns and public health
February 28Lawrence Altman, MDCUEGR: Who goes first? The story of self-experimentation in medicine
January 25Deborah Winn, PhDCUEGR: Cancer epidemiology cohorts: Trends, value, and future directions



December 7Paolo Vineis, MD, MPH, FFPHIntegrating -omics into epidemiological longitudinal studies
November 30Leslie Bernstein, PhDTackling breast cancer risk and prognosis: Can we improve our game? (Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture)
October 26Gary Giovino, PhDTobacco in the 21st Century: National and international challenges and opportunities
September 28Tyler J. VanderWeele, PhDMediation analysis and applications to perinatal epidemiology
May 25Graham Thornicroft, PhDLessons learned in developing community mental health care worldwide
April 27Albert Hofman, MD, PhDEpidemiology beyond genomics
March 2George Davey-Smith, MD, DsCCan we edge closer to causal understanding using observational data?
February 23Daniel M. Fox, PhDWhere the money is: Sutton’s Law and comparative effectiveness research



December 15Jonathan Samet, MD, MSTranslating epidemiological evidence Into Policy: How epidemiological research helped to clear the air
November 17Anthony Miller, MD, FRCP, FRCP (C), FFPH, FACEShould we stop screening for invasive cancers? (Geoffrey Howe Memorial Lecture)
October 13Conrad Keating, MSc, PGCESmoking and lung cancer: The anatomy of a scientific dispute between R. A. Fisher and Richard Doll
September 29Daniel Fitzgerald, MDConducting HIV research in Haiti: The GHESKIO program
June 16Karestan Koenen, PhDA lifecourse perspective on gene-environment interplay in the production of mental disorders
May 19Jay Kaufman, PhDHeteroeroticism: Your subgroups or mine
April 14Alain-Jacques Valleron, DScWhat can the 1889 Russian flu teach us about the surveillance of modern pandemics?
March 10Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD, DrPHBirth weight and infant mortality: Cause, bias, or paradox?
February 10Sally Blower, PhDEvolution, complex networks, and drug resistance to HIV