First FIRE/FLAMES/CS Nightingale lecture : Is sitting the new smoking?

Mar
11
Mar/11 12:00 - Mar/11 13:00
Room Museum of the History of Science Building S30, Campus De Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent, Belgium

A critical presentation of statistical evidence.
Dr. Katrien De Cocker and Prof. Dr. Els Goetghebeur

When: 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00
Where: 

Room Museum of the History of Science
Building S30, Campus De Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Join a discussion by Dr. Katrien De Cocker and Prof. Dr. Els Goetghebeur of how the essential tools of study design uncover the hidden risks of your own desk job, from heart disease and diabetes to genetic mutations, and how you can apply these tools to boost your own research.
Remember the days with no escape from cigarette smoke? Today it is the `sitting disease’ that is hitting us in epidemic proportions: scientists are examining the deadly threat of sitting too much! Should we add warning labels to chairs? Should the university introduce a mandatory daily hour on a treadmill desk or deskcycle?
The New York Times reports on a study that saw part of the cellular ageing process reversed by replacing sitting time with standing time. Scientists frown in disbelief at the thought of DNA rejuvenation and lengthening telomeres. We ask ourselves where is the evidence?
Join a discussion by dr. Katrien De Cocker and prof. dr. Els Goetghebeur of how the essential tools of study design uncover the hidden risks of your own desk job, from heart disease and diabetes to genetic mutations, and how you can apply these tools to boost your own research.

Participation is free, but please let us know via the Event Manager if you would like a sandwich. See the Center for Statistics website for details: http://www.cvstat.ugent.be

Background information:

In recognition of the contributions by Florence Nightingale, FIRE statistical consulting for young researchers at UGent, and FLAMES, Flanders Training Network for Methodology and Statistics, organize, with support from the Center for Statistics, the Florence Nightingale lecture series showcasing the impact of modern statistical methodology on exciting new discoveries.
Through the series, scientists highlight recent controversies in their fields and, in discussion with expert statisticians, explain the evidence supporting the findings. The goal? Bringing together researchers and methodologists, and showing how an understanding of research methodology used in other fields can benefit their own work!

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