Transforming Epidemiology through Advanced Methods (TEAM) Webinar Series

As a follow-up to the December 12, 2012 meeting Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology: From Scientific Discoveries to Population Health Impact, NCI's Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) is creating a new webinar series entitled "Transforming Epidemiology through Advanced Methods (TEAM) – Bringing the epidemiology community together as a virtual TEAM."

The goal of the TEAM webinars is to foster an online community where epidemiologists who focus on complex diseases can:

  • Discuss cutting-edge methods that can be incorporated into existing epidemiology studies;
  • Learn about new tools, methods, and resources that can facilitate epidemiologic research;
  • Share best practices from other epidemiology studies; and
  • Explore challenges, identify gaps, and brainstorm solutions to improve efficiency of practice and extend the reach of epidemiology into the 21st century.

Any interested individual is invited to participate. They will be free, but require pre-registration. Each presentation will be about 30 minutes in length and allow for 30 minutes of discussion moderated by EGRP staff. Instructions for connecting to the webinars will be sent via e-mail to individuals who register for the webinars.

Upcoming Topics and Speakers

September 30, 2015 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Considerations for Measuring the Microbiome in Human-Population Research

Meredith A.J. Hullar, Ph.D.
Scientist, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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Note: Additional speakers and topics may be added in the future. Webinars will be recorded and a link will be available through this webpage approximately one month after the live webinar.

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Past Topics and Speakers

April 29, 2015 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

Automated Sample Selection from Enormous Data: How Computer Programming Cut Time, Errors, and Costs

John Witte, Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
Professor and Head, Division of Genetic and Cancer Epidemiology, University of California, San Francisco
Associate Director, Institute for Human Genetics

Clint Cario, M.S.External Web Site Policy
Doctoral Student in Biomedical and Medical Informatics, University of California, San Francisco

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As improvements in next-generation sequencing technology continue to drive down cost, researchers are incentivized to reanalyze subsets of large repositories of banked DNA samples. Once the sample subset has been determined, physically transferring and managing samples for downstream analysis is not a trivial matter, often taking months of technician labor. Here the speakers presented Samasy, a web-based sample management system that allows researchers to manage DNA samples, create batch files for robotic sample transfer, and monitor progress. A case-in-point of selecting 16,000 DNA samples for a custom exome array from pool of 54,000 was also discussed.

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January 14, 2015 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST

mHealth Tools for Patient Surveys and Follow-up Reminders

David Miller, Jr., M.D.External Web Site Policy
Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine, Wake Forest University

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Routine screening for colorectal cancer (CRC) reduces mortality and can even decrease the prevalence of CRC. However, the uptake of CRC screening lags significantly behind routine screening for other cancers. Dr. Miller and his team have developed an innovative mobile health (mHealth) intervention designed to support patients as they make a CRC screening decision and carry it through to completion. Dr. Miller discussed the features of their system which includes iPad-based patient self-surveys and follow-up electronic messages and how these mHealth tools can be applied to other epidemiologic studies.

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October 29, 2014 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

Modernizing the California Teachers Study Using a Tablet-Based Tracking System: An All-in-One Coordinating Center

James Lacey, Jr., Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
Associate Professor, Cancer Etiology, City of Hope Cancer Center

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The California Teachers Study (CTS) began in 1995, when 133,479 female public school professionals completed a risk-factor questionnaire, and extensive follow-up data, outcome information, and biospecimens continued to be collected. As part of the current (2012-2016) CTS biobanking project, investigators tried a new approach, and the results have been even better than anticipated. Dr. Lacey and his team built an innovative, cloud-based, mobile-enabled data management system that gives CTS investigators real-time, on-demand access to all of the information they need to collect high-quality, well-annotated, best-practices biospecimens from thousands of women all over California. This webinar described the innovative approaches used and discussed why they have the potential to transform epidemiologic study infrastructure.

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August 27, 2014 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT

MyMoffitt Portal: Giving Data Back to Participants and Keeping Participants Engaged

Dana E. Rollison, Ph.D.External Web Site Policy
Vice President, Chief Health Information Officer
Associate Member, Department of Cancer Epidemiology
Moffitt Cancer Center

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The webinar focused on Moffitt's electronic patient questionnaire (EPQ), the patient clinical intake form that includes modules on demographics, past medical history, review of systems, family medical history, medication history, smoking history, reproductive history, alcohol consumption, physical activity, diet, baseline quality of life, and use of complimentary and alternative medicine. Patients complete the EPQ via Moffitt's online patient portal. Their responses are summarized in an 'MD summary report' which is incorporated into the electronic medical record, while the discrete responses to each questions are propogated through to Moffitt's enterprise wide data warehouse. The webinar included an overview of the questionnaire content, completion rates, usage statistics, and examples of studies that have leveraged EPQ data to answer a variety of research questions.

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Planning Committee

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Questions about individual webinars, or the series, may be submitted via e-mail to the Planning Committee at

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