Webinar series

March 20, 2018
Webinar series

The CIH- CISMAC Research school holds monthly webinars for researchers where junior and senior scientists topics of their interest. The webinars alternate between a selected topic of general interest and meetings with presentation of PhD proposals or other work in progress. The webinars strengthen the links between CISMAC’s partner institutions and CIH, and fosters linkages to other researchers at the University of Bergen and in its collaborating low- and middle-income country research institutions.


We hold the webinars on the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00-11:30 UTC/11:00-12:30 Central European Winter Time/12:00-1330 Central European Summer time. We use Adobe Connect for the webinars; the link for these meetings is: https://connect.uninett.no/cismac


Dates for webinars spring semester 2018:

1)      17th January

Topic: High loss to follow up in RCTs – what can go wrong and how to minimize 

Lead: Halvor Sommerfelt. Contributors: Sarmila Mazumder, Victoria Nankabirwa, Bireshwar Sinha, Halvor Sommerfelt

 2)      7th February

Topic: "Analysis of growth in young children - the LMS method and the SITAR growth model." 

Invited speaker: Professor Tim Cole, University College of London.

Attention! New time for this webinar: 11:30-13:00 Central European Winter Time

3)      7th March

PhD project presentation: Bireshwar Sinha, SAS-India: Effect of community initiated kangaroo mother care in low birth weight infants on infant breast milk intake, gut inflammation, maternal depressive symptoms and stress.


4)      4th April

Topic: How to secure high fidelity and quality of the delivery of the intervention(s) in RCTs

Lead: Ingvild Fossgard Sandøy. There will be contributions from different CISMAC studies.


5)      2nd May

Topic: Statistical power in RCTs. Why does CISMAC insist on so high statistical power? Relevance for Getting Research into Policy and Practice (GRIPP)

The session will review the rationale for why CISMAC studies are required to have high statistical power and thereby precision, focusing on the distinction between no evidence of effect versus evidence of no effect and how this is important for evidence-based decision making.

Leads: Halvor Sommerfelt and José C. Martines.


 6)      6th June

PhD project presentation: Olive Jackie Namugga, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda: Measuring body temperature in young infants to identify clinical severe infection; axillary and infrared tympanic membrane temperature measurements. 

PhD project presentation: Josephine Tumuhamye, School of Public Health, Makerere University, Uganda: Maternal colonization and infections in the Newborn in Uganda: Etiology, antimicrobial resistance and associated factors.



When opportunities for particularly interesting talks/seminars suitable for Adobe connect-based presentations arise, we may change the schedule accordingly. Needless to say, such changes will be made in agreement with the presenters of scheduled webinars and will be announced as early as possible, and no later than two weeks prior to a specifically scheduled webinar.

If you have ideas for topics that could be of general interest to CISMAC researchers, please write to c.schwinger@uib.no and Ingvild.sandoy@uib.no. PhD and postdocs who would like to present and get feedback on aspects of their work in one of the webinars in the second half of 2018 should write to Catherine Schwinger and Ingvild Sandøy as soon as possible. We will give people the opportunity to present on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Please help us spread this information about the webinars with other members of your research team.


Presentations from the webinars:


january_17th_high_loss_to_follow_up_in_rcts_-_what_can_go_wrong_and_how_to_minimize_.pdf254 KB
february_7th_analysis_of_growth_in_young_children_-_the_lms_method_and_the_sitar_growth_model.pdf12.33 MB
march_7th_effect_of_ckmc_in_lbw_infants_on_breast_milk_intake_gut_inflammation_maternal_depressive_symptoms_and_stress_bireshwar_sinha_.pdf755 KB
april_4th_how_to_secure_high_fidelity_and_quality_of_delivery_of_the_intervention_in_rcts_sandoy_et_al.pdf762 KB
may_2_statistical_power_in_rcts.pdf1.2 MB