Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

Seminars and Events

MSPGH Research Seminar – 26 August 2020 – The importance of longitudinal prospective research in cognition: the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 26th August 2020
via Zoom (https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/96465123133?pwd=YkZPd1VRbzlKZFBKSjZKNG9GaXBIdz09); Password: 076545)

Professor Cassandra Szoeke, Director, Healthy Ageing Program,
Centre for Medical Research, University of Melbourne

In 2013 NEJM and Lancet Neurology published the first timelines on the 30 year period of neurodegenerative disease development. Prior to this time most studies had recruited participants who were over 70 years of age as Alzheimer’s Dementia (the most common dementia) is incredibly rare beforehand (only 1% of those 60 to 69). Continue reading “MSPGH Research Seminar – 26 August 2020 – The importance of longitudinal prospective research in cognition: the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project”


MSPGH/MLS Joint Seminar: 25th June 2020 – Research swap meet – building research collaborations across health and law

12.30-1.45pm, Thurs 25th June 2020
via Zoom (https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/94156731033?pwd=UktpNTZqVzVJNHBQRk9YR2p3RkhXUT09 ; Password: 974812)

Research swap meet – building research collaborations across health and lawAn online seminar featuring presentations by researchers from MSPGH and Melbourne Law School (MLS).

COVID-19 presents significant challenges for government, community and business that require the expertise of researchers from across all academic disciplines. While many researchers are already working together, new challenges are emerging in the current crisis which create new opportunities for generating collaborative partnerships. Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Melbourne Law School are interested in developing connections between researchers to facilitate new research collaborations on the challenges for health and social policy raised by COVID-19.


MSPGH Seminar: 17th June 2020 – Ethics of research in COVID (and pandemic contexts) and “A lot of the anxiety comes from the fear of bringing it home to your loved ones”

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 17th June 2020
via Zoom (https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/97538671444; Password: see the event flyer)

Seminar Topics:
Ethics of research in COVID (and pandemic contexts): Engaging communities in decision making about research agendas
by Dr Bridget Pratt, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

“A lot of the anxiety comes from the fear of bringing it home to your loved ones”: An ethical approach to health professional safety in COVID-19 and beyond

by Dr Rosalind McDougall & Prof Lynn Gillam AM, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health


MSPGH Seminar: 11th March 2020 – Model answers or trivial pursuits?

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 11th March 2020
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Full Seminar Title:
Model answers or trivial pursuits? –
Using epidemiological models to support COVID-19 preparedness and response

Presenters:
Professor Jodie McVernon, Director of Epidemiology at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
Dr Rob Moss, Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Dr Freya Shearer, Research Fellow in the Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

COVID-19 emerged as a significant threat to human health in late 2019 in Hubei Province, China, resulting in a substantial burden of disease and death. Despite unprecedented social and movement restrictions, Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 11th March 2020 – Model answers or trivial pursuits?”


MSPGH Seminar: 26th February 2020 – “You thought you were alone with these thoughts”

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 26th February 2020
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Full Seminar Title:

“You thought you were alone with these thoughts”
– Understanding needs and developing a stepped care approach to promote mental health in refugee children and parents in Sweden

Professor Anna Sarkadi, MD, Head, Child Health and Parenting (CHAP), Uppsala University, Sweden

In her presentation Anna will talk about their studies concerning the mental health needs of refugee families in relation to trauma exposure, including a qualitative study of school-aged children’s views on the needs of refugee children and screening questionnaires for posttraumatic stress in primary care settings.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 26th February 2020 – “You thought you were alone with these thoughts””


MSPGH Teaching Seminar: 20th November 2019 – LGBTIQ Inclusive Learning and Teaching Strategies

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 20th November 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Megan Sharp, Academic Specialist, Diversity and Inclusion, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS), The University of Melbourne

Health and medical curriculums are necessarily busy programs, covering an expansive repertoire of bio-psycho-social material. So how can these programs create meaningful pedagogical opportunities for students to learn about LGBTIQ people’s health? Continue reading “MSPGH Teaching Seminar: 20th November 2019 – LGBTIQ Inclusive Learning and Teaching Strategies”


MSPGH Seminar: 13th November 2019 – Investigating whether diet, physical activity and obesity have a causal effect on cancer risk using Mendelian randomization

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 13th November 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Sarah Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Genetic Epidemiology, The University of Bristol, U.K.

Many dietary factors have been hypothesised to be risk factors for cancer. However, despite a phenomenal amount of observational studies the evidence for many is still weak or limited.  Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 13th November 2019 – Investigating whether diet, physical activity and obesity have a causal effect on cancer risk using Mendelian randomization”


MSPGH Seminar: 9th October 2019 – The Quality of Calories: Competing paradigms of obesity pathogenesis, a historical perspective

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 9th October 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Mr Gary Taubes, Co-founder and Director, The Nutrition Science Initiative

Long-held beliefs about the role of energy balance in weight regulation and obesity may be flawed. Taking a historical perspective, this seminar will discuss the existence of an alternative hypothesis for obesity Continue reading “MSPGH Seminar: 9th October 2019 – The Quality of Calories: Competing paradigms of obesity pathogenesis, a historical perspective”


MSPGH Teaching Seminar: 2nd October 2019 – Peer review and the academic teaching career in contemporary higher education

12.30-1.30pm, Wed 2nd October 2019
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Dr Chi Baik, Associate Professor in Higher Education, Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education, The University of Melbourne

Peer review of teaching (PRT) is a common means of evaluating teaching quality at many universities worldwide, and it is increasingly becoming a requirement for academic confirmation and promotion.  Continue reading “MSPGH Teaching Seminar: 2nd October 2019 – Peer review and the academic teaching career in contemporary higher education”


CHE PhD Seminar : 19th Aug 2019 – Advance care planning for children with severe neurodisability: viewing prognostic uncertainty as an opportunity rather than barrier

11:00am-12:30pm. Mon 19th August 2019
MR 2.002, University of Melbourne, Dept of Paediatrics, RCH (2nd Fl, West Bld)

PhD Candidate: Sidharth Vemuri
Supervisors: Prof Lynn Gillam, A/Prof Jenny Hynson and Prof Katrina Williams

Children with severe neurodisability have high care needs and multiple interactions with health services. These children are at risk of dying from their condition, though
this may not happen during their childhood. Continue reading “CHE PhD Seminar : 19th Aug 2019 – Advance care planning for children with severe neurodisability: viewing prognostic uncertainty as an opportunity rather than barrier”


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