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Short Course at GRAPPA: An Introduction to Epidemiology

Thursday, July 11, 2024 / 07:30AM - 14:00PM PST

Sheraton Grand - Seattle Washington

Room: Willow A&B

Immediately preceding the upcoming 2024 GRAPPA Annual Meeting in Seattle, an introductory course in Epidemiology will be available to a limited number of GRAPPA Members. This course will equip participants with a foundational understanding of key concepts that can be applied to enhance the design, implementation, and analysis of GRAPPA (and other) studies. A nominal below-cost fee for this event is required at the time of registration.

Course Content

The course will provide a brief introduction to some key issues in Epidemiology including:

Study Design 

Choosing the most appropriate study design for your research question, budget and timelines; the opportunities and challenges of “real-world evidence.”

Methodological Issues

Including bias and confounding; specific issues in studying PsA and PsO; associations and causality.


Introduction to statistical models.

These topics have been informed by a survey of GRAPPA members conducted prior to the GRAPPA 2023 Annual Meeting. The format will be a series of short lectures led by Professor Gary Macfarlane, Professor Gareth Jones, Dr. Alexis Ogdie, and Dr. Lihi Eder, interspersed with “hands-on” sessions in which delegates will have an opportunity to discuss in more detail a particular topic and tackle a challenge in that area. By the end of the course delegates will have had “taster” of key areas in Epidemiology.

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Registration for this course is available to GRAPPA Members ONLY and space is extremely limited.

- Registration will commence at 7:00 AM PST on February 1, 2024.

- You must complete both the registration and payment processes simultaneously when registering for the 2024 GRAPPA Annual Meeting.

- Please be advised that our policy states there are NO refunds once the registration and payment is processed.

- Registration for this course is open only to GRAPPA members and is not open to non-sponsoring Corporate Partners.

- If you are a Corporate Partner who has sponsored this course and would like to register, or is interested in sponsoring, please contact [email protected].

- A nominal below-cost separate fee for this event is required at the time of registration.

-The course commences early on Thursday, July 11, with GRAPPA covering hotel accommodations for Wednesday, July 10, for those attending the course.




Gary Macfarlane

Gary Macfarlane, BSc (Hons), MBChB, PhD, CStat, MD (Hons), FFPHM, DSc

Clinical Chair in Epidemiology

University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom

Gareth Jones

Gareth Jones, BSc(Hons), MSc.Econ, PhD

Chair in Epidemiology

University of Aberdeen

United Kingdom

Alexis Ogdie

Alexis Ogdie, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

University of Pennsylvania

United States

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Lihi Eder, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

University of Toronto