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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2018-19


QBS 270 Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Seminar Series and Journal Club

All first year QBS graduate students are required to enroll in the Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Journal Club except in the summer term; however it is encouraged that QBS graduate students attend this journal club in subsequent years. An essential element of scientific training is in the critical analysis and communication of experimental research in an oral format.

 
  • Fall: Epidemiology - Jennifer Emond

In this applied course, students will learn how to critically evaluate epidemiological research within public health and the biomedical sciences. Each week we will review a series of peer-reviewed journal articles (approximately 4-6 articles each week) related to one theme. Themes in previous years have included evaluating the health consequences of combustible cigarettes and electronic (“e”) cigarettes, the health benefits and risks of hormone replacement therapy, and the health consequences of sugar-sweetened beverage intake. Articles central to each week’s theme will be selected by the instructor and supplemented with student selected articles. Students are expected to read and critically review each set of articles before class, prepare thought questions based on the readings, and participate in class discussions as we evaluate the body of evidence across studies. For each weekly theme, one set of students will present a summary of the week’s readings to the class. Students are also required to submit a brief summary of the week’s theme after the class discussion.

Learning objectives:

  • To critically evaluate epidemiological research studies within public health and biomedical research.
  • To effectively summarize the findings from such studies orally and in writing.
  • To critically compare different epidemiological research designs that address similar research questions.
  • To identify classical epidemiological research studies within public health and biomedical research.

Students will be evaluated on class attendance, completion of pre-class assignments, participation in class discussions, quality and comprehension of presentations, and completion and quality of weekly summaries.

  • Winter: Biostatistics (QBS194)- Jiang Gui

This is a journal club course that discusses new findings and applications in biostatistics and data science. The goal of the course is to develop critical thinking in biostatistical methodology. Starting the second week of the term, students will present two related paper with an emphasis on biostatical method and the rest of the class will submit a short written summary (1-2 pages) that covers the paper motivation, approach, results, strengths and weaknesses. During class, student will give 50-minute presentation on their papers with 40 min class discussion. In addition to reading and summarizing their selected paper for the week, all students are expected review the two presented papers prior to class in order to participant
in the discussion.

  • Spring: Computational Biology/Bioinformatics - TBD
The critical analysis and communication of experimental research in an oral format is an essential element of scientific training. Students in the QBS journal club will take turns selecting and presenting recently published journal papers related to their research interests. The presentation should include a brief discussion of the significance of the paper as well as a description of the methods used. While the presenter should be prepared to lead the discussion, members of the journal club are expected to come with questions about the paper. These questions can focus on methods, discussion, and interpretation of the results and their implications. This course will meet for a 1.5-hour discussion every week

Instructor

Jiang Gui, Jennifer Emond, and TBD

Cross Listed Courses

Computional Biology Journal Club

Offered

18F:M 10-11:30am, 19W:M 10-11:30am, 19S: TBD