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OEH Seminar: Small area analysis of cancer incidence and behavioural risk factors in the Erie St. Clair region
Thursday, November 27, 2014 08:00 am to 09:00 am
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Inequalities in disease risk need to be quantified before they can be efficiently addressed. In our seminar, we will describe the theory and methods behind developing neighbourhood level maps of cancer incidence in the Erie-St. Clair region using Bayesian analysis. We will also demonstrate how these methods can be used to estimate the prevalence of relevant behavioural risk factors using survey data. Finally, we will show how spatial patterns of cancer incidence may be explained by behavioural risk factor estimates. These techniques may assist others in producing similar small area estimates of cancer incidence and other chronic diseases.

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.

Presenters: Dr. Eric Holowaty and Dr. Laura Seliske

Dr. Eric Holowaty was a cancer epidemiologist at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) for almost 25 years, before retiring in 2011. During his time at CCO, he served as director of the Ontario Cancer Registry. He is also an adjunct professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His research interests have included geospatial analysis, historical record linkage cohort studies, second primary cancers, health services research, methods of cancer registration, and quality control. He has held numerous research grants and contracts with Health Canada, the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and the U.S. National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Laura Seliske received her doctorate from the department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen’s University in 2012. Her thesis focused on developing GIS-based measures of the food retail environment surrounding schools and examining its influence on lunchtime eating behaviours of Canadian youth. She also examined the relationship between urban sprawl and active transportation in young people. Laura has been with CCO since April 2012, and her interests involve geospatial statistics and small area analysis of cancer and related behavioural risk factors.

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