Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Debunking Handbook

CROW was discussing scientific communications, including the problem of dealing with persistent myths. The Debunking Handbook by John Cook and Stephan Lewandowsky is a great resource with a step-by-step guide for arguing against misinformation. Highly recommended.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Data Science Community Gathering at Arts Riot!

Strictly Social
Come have a drink and food at Arts Riot. And while we socialize, let's brainstorm ways to strengthen the data science community in Burlington VT.
We want to open this event up to the broader community. Invite friends who might be interested. Please cross post to your other meetups and networks.
Here is the Meetup info.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Clinical Research Oriented Workshop (CROW) Meeting: Feb 13, 2015

Present:  Marianne Burke, Kairn Kelley, Rodger Kessler, Connie van Eeghen

Start Up:   Good to have an open session just for general updates and planning

1.                  Discussion: Open Session Update   
a.       Connie
                                                  i.      Recent HRSA Grant underway with John King and Rodger Kessler
1.      Table of barriers and challenges divided into levels:
a.       Practice Level
b.      Systems Level
2.      Types of barriers:
a.       Cultural
b.      Clinical
c.       Operational
d.      Financial
                                                ii.      QI support for medical and other students: IHI Open School
1.      Student: $100/participant for organizational subscriptions
2.      Connie to research further and share results
b.      Kairn
                                                  i.      Platform talk on dichotic listening tests (at Friday seminar today – feedback requested)
c.       Marianne
                                                  i.      Patient questionnaire conducted over the phone – reviewed and discussed 15 questions and wording.
d.      Rodger
                                                  i.      How to limit oneself from constant over-reaching.  (Rodger had to leave unexpectedly to serve on a panel for the SBIRT training J)

2.                  Next Workshop Meeting(s): Fridays, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m., at Given Courtyard South Level 4.   Remember: the first 15 minutes are for checking in with each other.
a.       Feb 20: TBD (no Connie)
b.      Feb 27: TBD (no Connie)

Recorder: Connie van Eeghen

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Abby Crocker and State Department of Education to study addiction

Abby Crocker, PhD (CTS 2013), Research Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, recently signed a landmark deal with the Vermont Department of Education to connect medical and educational records to study the long-term outcomes of children exposed to opioids before birth. See VTDigger for details.

Congratulations to Abby for getting this novel collaboration started...and for a brilliant summary of why research is so important: "Without having the data, you’re just throwing darts.” 

Great sound bite!

Friday, February 6, 2015

PhD student, Peter Durda gets publication accepted

Congratulations to Peter Durda on the acceptance of this article in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology

Title:Plasma levels of sIL-2Rα: associations with clinical cardiovascular events and genome- wide association scan
Authors: Peter Durda, Jeremy Sabourin, Ethan M. Lange, Mike A. Nalls, Josyf C. Mychaleckyj, Nancy Swords Jenny, Jin Li, Jeremy Walston, Tamara B. Harris, Bruce M. Psaty, William Valdar, Yongmei Liu, Mary Cushman, Alex P. Reiner, Russell P. Tracy*, Leslie A. Lange*

The following article accepted as poster at AHA EPI/Lifestyle Scientific Sessions

Title: Circulating soluble CD163 and risk of cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality in older persons: the Cardiovascular Heart Study (CHS)
Authors: Peter Durda1, Leslie A. Lange2, Ethan M. Lange2, Nancy Swords Jenny1, Nels C. Olson 1 , Mary Cushman1, Russell P. Tracy1, and Alex P. Reiner3