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  • Virtual

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

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    January 22, 2021


    Speaker :


    Chandy C.John, MD

    Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology, and Immunology

    Indiana University School of Medicine

    Topic :

    “Preventing Neurodevelopmental Impairment

    after Severe Malaria”


    Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:


    • Identify key factors involved in the pathogenesis of severe malaria
    • Recognize that neurodevelopmental impairment (NDI) is a major long-term complication of severe malaria
    • Define potential risk factors for NDI in severe malaria
    • Identify potential pathway targets to prevent NDI after severe malaria
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    I2S2 Seminar: Computational Modeling for D&I -An Overview with Examples from the Field featuring Bo Kim, PhD.

    Dissemination and implementation (D&I) research focuses on strategies that are used to distribute and promote the uptake of evidence-based practices in health care settings. These settings are often complex systems that have multiple dependencies, competitions, relationships, and other interactions between their components and/or with their environments. To study these complexities, D&I researchers have begun to turn to computational modeling. This seminar session will discuss the relevance of computational modeling to D&I, and share examples of how computational modeling is being used by D&I studies (e.g., to enhance stakeholder engagement, to guide resource allocation). This session will additionally highlight several issues for consideration when using computational modeling to examine D&I, and propose future directions in which computational modeling can contribute to D&I research. As data-driven approaches to enhancing care remain central to learning health systems, this session will aim to serve as a forum on how D&I can harness computational modeling to support those systems’ implementation and sustained delivery of evidence-based practices.

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    Dr. Kim is a mental health services researcher at the VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). With an academic background in systems science and engineering, her research interests are in applying multidisciplinary methodologies toward studying the quality and implementation of mental health services.


    I 2 S 2 covers the breadth of topics in effectively using data and technology to advance biomedical discovery and healthcare delivery. Each learning activity (seminar, journal club, workshop, or tutorial) features methods, applications, or resources that are aligned with components of a learning health system. This series is a joint initiative between the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics , Brown Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior Implementation Science Core , Rhode Island Quality Institute , and Advance Clinical and Translational Research (Advance-CTR) .

  • Virtual

    BrainExPo Seminar: Intracortical brain-computer interfaces

    Location: Zoom Cost: Free
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    Join the Carney Institute for its first Brain Science External Postdoc Seminar Series (BrainExPo), featuring Sergey Stavisky, postdoctoral research fellow in the Neurosurgery Department of Stanford University. 

    Stavisky will discuss “Intracortical brain-computer interfaces: from fundamental science and engineering to restoring speech, reach and grasp.” 

    Abstract: Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are poised to profoundly transform human neuroscience and health by treating devastating – and currently incurable – nervous system injuries and diseases with precise, circuit-level measurements and interventions. BCIs can potentially restore the ability to speak, move, remember, and more. However, going from proof-of-concept studies in animal models to repairing or replacing patients’ damaged abilities requires a platform for understanding human-specific neural functions and designing, testing, and refining therapies in people. My strategy for accomplishing this is to develop advanced intracortical BCIs to restore reach & grasp movement and speech for people with paralysis. Motor BCI clinical trials can help individuals with severe speech and motor impairment in the near-term, and in doing so, validate the safety of new human-use devices capable of reading from and writing to thousands of neurons. These clinical trials also provide direct access to human neural circuits for gaining a deeper neuroscientific understanding of how the brain generates movements, which I believe will ultimately lead to better BCI therapies.

  • If one of these scenarios sounds familiar, consider attending this workshop:

    • Your scholarly project (literature review, research paper, presentation, quality improvement effort, medical education product, etc) is stuck because you can’t find that article you want to include in the bibliography.
    • You have a physical or electronic stack of articles you’ve been meaning to organize but keep finding more important things to do.
    • When you hear people talk about “reference management tools” like Endnote, Mendeley, and others, you A) think to yourself “sounds great, but I don’t have time for that”, or B) tried to use them in the past, but stopped after encountering barriers to using them.

    Get those projects “unstuck”, those articles organized, and save yourself time and energy on your academic and scholarly pursuits by attending this workshop. The presenters will help you build your skills and increase your research efficiency and productivity through this interactive, hands-on workshop designed specifically for busy faculty. Participants are encouraged to attend regardless of their stage of familiarity and skill using reference management tools.

    Following this session participants will be able to…

    1. Identify benefits of reference management tools, including time saved, productivity increased, and ability to easily collaborate and share references with others.
    2. Choose a reference management tool to use in their own work and increase comfort using this tool to achieve their scholarly goals.
    3. Describe the supports and resources available through Brown and affiliated institutions, especially librarian consultations for reference management and literature searches.


  • Join us on Wednesday, January 27th for a seminar series presentation by Don Dizon, MD: “Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Care and Beyond: Where We Are, Where We Are Going. An Introduction to SIMPRO.” Digital health tools have allowed patients to interact with their clinical team between visits in an effort to enhance engagement and improve outcomes in oncology. The availability of such tools to enhance the collection of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) has shown benefits in healthcare utilization among patients treated for recurrent or advanced cancers and their use is expanding. We will explore the role of digital health in patient engagement in oncology through the SIMPRO Research Consortium and introduce the eSYM program, Lifespan’s own PRO system now available via the EPIC electronic medical record.

    Don Dizon, MD, FACP, is a Professor of Medicine at Brown University and a medical oncologist with research interests in novel therapies of breast and pelvic cancers (e.g. ovarian, uterine, cervical cancers), survivorship particularly as it pertains to sexual health for men and women with cancer, and social media. He is the Director of the Breast and Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. Additionally, he is the Chair of Digital Engagement for SWOG Oncology Research Network. Co-Chief Medical Officer at the Global Cancer Institute, and serves on the Board of The Hope Foundation and Young Survival Coalition. He is a prolific author and writes columns for multiple sites, including the professional journal, The Oncologist, ASCO’s networking site, Connection, and Medscape. Dr. Dizon is on social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok as @drdonsdizon.

  • Virtual

    How Brain Banks Enable Discovery in Neurodegenerative Diseases: An Opportunity for Brown

    Location: Zoom Cost: Free
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    How Brain Banks Enable Discovery in Neurodegenerative Diseases: An Opportunity for Brown

    Ivana Delalle, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School

    Director of Neuropathology Service, Lifespan

    Jean Paul G. Vonsattel, M.D.

    Professor of Pathology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center

    Director of the New York Brain Bank

  • Fair February: Data Science for Social Good

    Fair February is a three-week symposium organized by Brown’s Data Science Initiative. Each week of this symposium concentrates on a theme. The purpose of this symposium is to let young researchers of various disciplines interested in any of our themes, to meet each other, and know about each other’s work and research.

    KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Elizabeth Chen, BCBI

    (Title and abstract to be announced)


    For more information, please contact Shahrzad Haddadan. To see more of Fair February’s events and speakers, visit our main event page

    This series is organized by Shahrzad Haddadan, Marie Schenk, and Cristina Menghini. Sponsored by the Data Science Initiative.

  • Virtual

    Pediatric Grand Rounds

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    January 29, 2021


    Speaker :


    Julia Raifman, MD

    Assistant Professor, Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management, Boston University School of Public Health


    Topic :

    “Health and social policies drivers of population health and health inequities


    Objectives: At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:


    • Evaluate the relationship between state health and social policies and population health and health inequities.
    • Describe how health and social policies shape patient health and health disparities
  • How do innovators bring their ideas to life? 

    Join the Carney Institute for a conversation with William Martin, Ph.D. ’95, Global Therapeutic Area Head of Neuroscience at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. Martin will discuss the practical challenges of bringing great scientific ideas to real-world solutions.

    This conversation will be moderated by Diane Lipscombe, Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani Director of the Carney Institute, and Christopher Moore, associate director of the Carney Institute.

    Watch previous conversations on the Carney Institute website .

  • Virtual

    DPHB Grand Rounds

    Location: Virtual Cost: Free
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    Academic Grand Rounds*
    The Mythology of Racial Progress
    Jennifer Richeson, Ph.D.
    Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology
    Faculty Fellow, Institution for Social and Policy Studies
    Yale University

  • Virtual

    Advance-CTR Introduction to REDCap

    Location: Zoom Cost: Free
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    Register now for our “Introduction to REDCap” virtual workshop with Sarah B. Andrea, PhD, MPH. Geared towards new or novice REDCap users, this class answers “What” REDCap is, “Why” you want to use it, and goes through the entire lifecycle of a REDCap project – from initial setup to data entry and finally exporting your data. The workshop will begin Wednesday February 3rd, 2020 at 3:00PM EST. 

  • Virtual

    Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Human Behavior

    Location: Virtual Cost: Free
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    Integrating Science and Practice in the Treatment of Youth Anxiety and OCD – A Brief History of PARC
    Jennifer Freeman, Ph.D.
    Professor (Research)
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Director of Research and Training
    Pediatric Anxiety Research Center


    Abbe Marrs Garcia, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor (Clinical), DPHB
    Alpert Medical School of Brown University
    Clinical Director
    Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital

  • Virtual

    34th Annual Katz Lecture

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    Our guest speaker is:

    Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD
    University Kenan Distinguished Professor
    Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care,
    Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
    Director of Aging Research, School of Social Work
    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    Dr. Zimmerman’s presentation is entitled, “Changing Practices in Long-Term Care One Stage at a Time … and One Setting at a Time.”

    This presentation is opened to the public. If you would like to invite individuals to this presentation, please email [email protected] and she will send them a calendar invite with Zoom information.

  • Please join us on Thursday, February 11, at 4 p.m. for “Medication Adherence in Asthma: The Importance of Culture and Context,” a presentation by Elizabeth McQuaid, Ph.D., ABPP, co-lead of the Hassenfeld Child Health Innovation Institute’s Asthma Initiative.

    Dr. McQuaid is director of the Division of Clinical Psychology, director of the Clinical Psychology Internship Training Program and professor of psychiatry and human behavior & pediatrics in The Warren Alpert Medical School, and she is director of child psychology at Hasbro/RI Hospital.

    Please register below for this virtual event.

    Learn more about our Asthma Initiative
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    Highlights from the Advance-CTR BIBCE Informatics Core: REDCap and N3C


    Dr. Karen Crowley, Manager of Health Data Science, Advance-CTR Informatics Core and the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, will provide an overview of the services and resources available through the Informatics Core with a special focus on our unique implementation of REDCap, a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. She will also highlight N3C, the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, how Advance-CTR is participating and the plan to support researchers who wish to access this unique dataset.

    Part of Love Data Week, February 8-12, 2021: Data: Delivering a Better Future
  • Please join us on Wednesday, February 17th for a seminar series presentation by Elad Yom-Tov, PhD: “An adaptive messaging intervention to increase physical activity.” Despite the clear benefit of regular physical activity, most patients with diabetes type 2 are sedentary. Smartphones and wearable devices have become ubiquitous in modern societies, bringing new opportunities for novel interventions through continuous monitoring of patients and timely communication with them. However, efforts to encourage activity of these patients using smartphones have focused on predetermined messages or messages tailored by experts, limiting their effectiveness.

  • Virtual

    i-BSHS Seminar: Digital Obesity Treatment Among the Medically Vulnerable

    Location: Zoom Cost: Free
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    The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is pleased to bring the i-BSHS Seminar Series to the Brown University School of Public Health. The next guest speaker this year is Gary Bennett, Ph.D. This event is co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Foundation.


    Gary G. Bennett, Ph.D. is the Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience, Global Health and Medicine and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Duke University. Dr. Bennett’s research program designs, tests, and disseminates digital obesity treatments. He is especially interested in integrating digital health treatments into the primary care setting, particularly those that serve medically vulnerable patients. Dr. Bennett developed the interactive obesity treatment approach (iOTA); his recent work demonstrates the effectiveness of coach-led, obesity treatments – delivered via app, texting, and interactive voice response – in preventing obesity and improving cardiometabolic functioning. His intervention trials in medically vulnerable communities have been the focus of numerous invited addresses for professional and lay audiences. 


    The i-BSHS (Innovations in Behavioral and Social Health Sciences) lecture series fosters collaborative discussion on innovative behavioral and social science-based approaches to improving population health.


    Please note that this virtual event, including attendees’ Zoom video, audio and screen name, and questions or chats, will be recorded. All or portions of the event recording may be shared through Brown University’s digital channels. Individuals who do not want their identities to be captured are solely responsible for turning off their camera, muting their microphone and/or adjusting their screen name accordingly. By attending this event, you consent to your name, voice, and/or image being recorded and to Brown University reproducing, distributing and otherwise displaying the recording, within its sole discretion.