News about Cutting Edge Methods

Tuesday 3 June 2014

The School has its first cross-School research group, focusing on cutting edge methods which underpin much of the School’s research, teaching and research implementation activities. There are 28 members: 17 from NCEPH, 4 from APHCRI, 3 each from CMHR and CRAHW and one from RSPH. Highlights from the group’s activities in May include:

  • Gaining approval from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) to present a MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on Ignorance!. This will be developed and run by Professors Michael Smithson (Research School of Psychology) and Gabriele Bammer (NCEPH, RSPH).
  • Implementing the G-Tag system in full production for its first project (an ARC DECRA project on Diabetes & CVD risk assessment) by APHCRI’s National Centre for Geographic and Resources Analysis in Primary Health Care.
  • Hosting a visit at NCEPH by Dr Eva Malacova, an early career biostatistician from the University of Western Australia. She is working with Professor Cate D’Este on the application of methods for causal modelling to investigate the relationship between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and subsequent criminal offending. Cate and Eva have been working on the implementation of Marginal Structural Models, which use inverse probability weighting, to overcome the challenges of establishing causation in observational studies.
  • Distributing the bi-monthly I2S News, which highlights resources available for knowledge synthesis, understanding and managing unknowns, and research implementation (http://i2s.anu.edu.au/i2s-publications/newsletters/i2s-news)
  • Presenting (by Professor Gabriele Bammer) a pre-recorded plenary talk on “Applying systemic entrepreneurship to enhancing systems thinking and related initiatives in universities” at the Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies in Athens in late May.

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