pre-conference course

Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology

We are pleased to offer a one-day pre-conference course on Applied Methods in Occupational Epidemiology, also being held at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum on Monday 29 April 2019.

The objective of this course is to provide participants with an introduction to methods and methodological issues that are most frequently encountered in conducting epidemiologic studies of hazards encountered in the workplace. It is intended for investigators who are new to the field or for more experienced investigators who want a refresher course. The didactic approach will be a combination of lectures and case studies that are intended to provide experience in the analyses of occupational epidemiologic data.

The cost to attend is $250 incl. GST and registrations are done within the conference registration form.



Introduction and historical background on methods used in occupational epidemiology Leslie Stayner and Kyle Steenland
Sources and analysis of bias, exposure misclassification and potential confounding in occupational studies Kyle Steenland
Methods for exposure assessment in occupational epidemiologic studies Susan Peters
Analytic methods for the analyses of occupational cohort data Leslie Stayner
Coffee break
Class exercise in the analyses of data from an occupational cohort studyLeslie Stayner
Meta-analyses and systematic reviews of occupational studies: the perils of biomarkers Kyle Steenland


Course Faculty

Susan Peters

Dr. Susan Peters

Dr. Peters is an occupational epidemiologist within the team of Prof Roel Vermeulen at the Institute of Risk Assessment Sciences (IRAS) at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She also holds a position at the Neurology Department at the University Medical Center Utrecht. She obtained her PhD from Utrecht University in 2012, after which she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Western Australia for five years. Dr. Peters returned to the Netherlands in 2017. Her research interests are exposure assessment science and chronic disease epidemiology, mainly focusing on external causes of neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. She has extensive experience working with large datasets, both from cohort and case-control studies. Dr. Peters has been serving on various international committees and editorial boards for international journals.

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Dr. Kyle Steenland

As an environmental and occupational epidemiologist, Dr. Steenland has studied cancer in relation to a variety of occupational agents, including welding, ethylene oxide, diesel fumes, silica, and dioxin; neurologic diseases in relation to pesticide exposure and polychlorinated biphenyls; and heart disease in relation to environmental tobacco smoke, shift work, and work stress. He also has focused on the development of epidemiologic methods. Many of his studies have involved long-term follow-up of large populations to determine disease occurrence.


Leslie Stayner

Dr. Leslie Stayner

Dr. Leslie Stayner, PhD, is currently a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Illinois’ School of Public Health in Chicago (UIC SPH). He is also Director of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Program and was formerly the Director of the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UIC SPH. He also previously worked at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati for nearly 25 years and in his last position was the Chief of their Risk Evaluation Branch. He has been a Visiting Scientist with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon France and has participated in numerous of their monograph meetings. He received a M.S. in Epidemiology and Occupational Health and Safety in 1980 from the Harvard School of Public Health and his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989. His major research interests are in the area of occupational and environmental epidemiology with a primary focus on carcinogenic hazards, and on the development of epidemiologic methods. He has been involved in conducting research on cancer and exposure to asbestos, 1,3-butadiene, formaldehyde, diesel exhaust, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, silica and ethylene oxide. He has served as an advisor to numerous agencies including ATSDR, EPA, NRC/IOM, OSHA, MSHA and the WHO. He is currently engaged in a CDC funded study to examine the potential association between exposures to atrazine and nitrates in drinking water and the rate of adverse pregnancy outcomes and childhood cancer in eight Midwestern states.