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The master level course is the next to be arranged. Dates are set to April 22-25, 2019 in Arkhangelsk. This will partly overlap with next workshop meeting to be held in Arkhangelsk April 25 and 26, 2019, and you can now apply:

Welcome to the Heart to Heart workshop (1 ECTS) in Arkhangelsk, Russia!

Russia has one of the highest CVD mortality rates in the world. In 2015, the mortality rate in Russia was four times higher than in England and Norway. To investigate this phenomenon, Know Your Heart (KYH) - a large cross-sectional study of CVDs was conducted in 2015-2018 as a part of the International Project on Cardiovascular Disease in Russia (IPCDR) with population samples from Arkhangelsk and Novosibirsk. In 2015-2016, the seventh cross-section of the long-term study of population health was conducted in Tromsø, Norway (the Tromsø Study 7, or the T7). The KYH study and the T7study have been originally designed to be comparable, and this has laid a basis for the Heart to Heart (H2H) - a joint plan for a series of comparative studies to identify, quantify and explain differences in CVD and its risk factors between Russia and Norway.

Both the KYH and the T7 have collected data on numerous factors and conditions with potential relevance and importance to understanding the burden of CVDs. Many of these factors are of significance in their own right: kidney function, respiratory function, obesity and body composition, anxiety and depression, physical activity, alcohol consumption,  smoking, use of medications, use of health care services, etc. This creates opportunities for analyses of the data collected with a focus on these secondary parameters within each country as well as possible cross-national differences, not necessarily in relation to CVDs. For example, one can investigate the determinants of depression in one of the countries or in a comparative perspective. Therefore, besides CVD research, the H2H data can be used for a variety of studies of health and social well-being.

The purpose of the workshop is to attract junior researchers (current and future Master and PhD students, junior academic staff) from Russia and Norway to develop scientific projects for analysis of the H2H data as well to assist them in formulating reasonable research questions, overall aims and objectives; help in selecting the required variables using the metadata of the KYH and the T7 studies.

The workshop is run by the leading KYH and T7 researchers. The key expectation with respect to participants is that they intend to use or already use the H2H data for their research projects. To benefit from the workshop, at the entry a participant should be familiar with the design and methodological principles of the KYH and the T7 surveys and have a drafted research project proposal on the basis the H2H data.


Structure and workload

The workshop has one classroom gathering (1.5 days). In three weeks before the classroom gathering, each registered participant submits a shortly formulated H2H-based study plan using suggested template and examples. The study plan can imply using only the KYH data, only the T7 data, or it can be comparative H2H study implying the use of both data sets . In one week before the gathering, each participant gets feedback from the trainers and has to revise the study plan before the start of the gathering using the received comments. The gathering has a brief introductory part followed by group supervision sessions (one senior KYI/T7 researcher with 2-3 participants) aimed at further development of the study proposals. At the concluding session, each participant presents the developed proposal (5 min) and gets expert feedback from the trainers group (5 min). Based on the received feedback, participants revise their proposals once again and submit them in three weeks after the gathering. At the completion of the workshop, a participant shall have a reasonable and well-formulated H2H-based research proposal. The participants who already work with the H2H data will use this output when preparing publications (e.g., introduction and methods sections) while those who only plan to start can use the outputs in the applications for the required KYH and T7 data.


Target groups and requirements

The workshop is primarily targeting current and potential research students in health and social sciences, including international PhD students, Russian research-level students (aspirants, doctorants), Master students, and other junior researchers.

Senior researchers are also welcome to participate if they have interests to work with the H2H data.

Good knowledge of English is a prerequisite for being accepted and benefiting from the workshop.

The maximum number of participants is 20.


Learning goals and outputs

Upon successful completion of the workshop, participants will:

–          be familiar with the design and methodological principles of the KYH and the T7 cross-sectional surveys                     and the H2H comparisons of CVD and its risk factors in Russia and Norway;

–          acquire skills of designing a study, formulating research questions, aims and specific objectives;

–          have a reasonable and well-formulated proposal for analysis of the H2H data.


Scientific leaders

David Leon, Professor in Epidemiology, Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; e-mail: David.Leon@lshtm.ac.uk

Inger Njølstad, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: inger.njolstad@uit.no

Magritt Brustad, Head of Department, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: magritt.brustad@uit.no

Alexandra Krettek, Professor, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: alexandra.krettek@uit.no

Odd Nilssen, Professor emeritus, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: odd.nilssen@uit.no

Tormod Brenn, Statistician, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: tormod.brenn@uit.no

Sarah Cook, Assistant Professor in Epidemiology, Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK; e-mail: sarah.cook@lshtm.ac.uk

Alexander Kudryavtsev, Head of Department of Innovative Programs, Central Scientific Research Laboratory, Northern State Medical University (NSMU), Arkhangelsk, Russia; Associate professor, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: ispha09@gmail.com

Ekaterina Sharashova, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Community Medicine, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway; e-mail: ekaterina.e.sharashova@uit.no


Coverage

There is no participation fee. All workshop materials will be provided free of charge.

Flights, hotel (including breakfast), and visa (if needed) will all be covered for 2 PhD students and 4 Master students from UiT, and 4-6 research-level students from Novosibirsk State Medical University and National Medical Research Center for Preventive Medicine. Participants from elsewhere in Russia can apply for coverage of flights and stay. Priority will be given to those who also take the Basic CVD Epidemiology course that will take place in Arkhangelsk right before the workshop (22-25 April 2019). After the organizers confirm coverage of the expenses, the corresponding participants will have to pay their travel and accommodation expenses themselves, but will later be reimbursed via travel claim forms with enclosed original receipts.

The final number of participants with travel expenses covered by the organizers will be restricted by the available budget. All the other participants have to cover their travel and accommodation expenses on their own or from other sources.


How to apply?

The application shall contain:

•          Letter of application including a brief description of a research project on the basis of the H2H data (free format, maximum one page)

•          CV (containing a complete overview of education, supervised professional training and professional work)

Application shall be emailed to Tormod Brenn at UiT e-mail tormod.brenn@uit.no.


Deadline for application

The deadline is 15 March 2018.


 


Kamila Kholmatova surrounded by her main supervisor Alexander Kudryavtsev and co-supervisors Alexandra Krettek and David Leon. 


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