Upcoming Webinars

Please note: the webinars listed on this page are hosted by other organizations, so any questions regarding the webinars should be sent to the relevant organization, and not PICNet. Webber Teleclasses are listed on a different page.

June 16

How bioinformatics and genomics are transforming Australian public health and clinical microbiology

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Date: Friday June 16, 2017 Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm PDT
Hosted by: BCCDC Grand Rounds
Location: Lane Level Lecture Hall
Dr. Torsten Seemann
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Summary: Over the last five years, the Microbiological Diagnostics Unit Public Health Laboratory (MDU) in Melbourne, Australia has been transitioning to a high throughput workflow based around whole genome sequencing (WGS) and bioinformatics analyses. Many laborious traditional assays have been replaced by equally reliable in silico software tools developed by MDU and the greater bioinformatics community. The superior resolution of sequencing data has greatly aided epidemiological analysis, and resulted in the first official outbreak case definition in Australia based solely on genomic sequence data. MDU is now performing routine WGS surveillance of many pathogens, including Listeria, Salmonella, and CPE, and generating dynamic reports containing antimicrobial resistance and genotyping information, and including international and historical contextual isolates.

Speaker bio: Associate Professor Torsten Seemann is the lead bioinformatician at the Microbiological Diagnostics Unit Public Health Laboratory at the University of Melbourne. His work uses bioinformatics and genomics to better understand the spread and evolution of bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. He is best known for his software tools which are used internationally, and he is a strong supporter of open science and data sharing.  

June 20

End-of-season estimates of influenza vaccine effectiveness for 2016-17 from Canada

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Date: June 20, 2017 Time: 12:00pm PDT
Hosted by: BCCDC Grand Rounds
Location: Lane Level Lecture Hall
Dr. Danuta Skowronski
Webinar link: Click here to listen to the presentation live

Summary: Using the integrated genomic and epidemiologic databases of the Canadian Sentinel Practitioner Surveillance Network (SPSN), Dr. Skowronski will present end-of-season estimates of influenza vaccine effectiveness for 2016-17, including associated virologic findings relevant to the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Speaker bio: Dr. Danuta Skowronski is Epidemiology Lead, Influenza & Emerging Respiratory Pathogens at the BC Centre for Disease Control and Clinical Professor, School of Population and Public Health at UBC with 140 publications related to influenza and vaccine preventable diseases.  

June 21

Harnessing professional networks to spread best practices for quality improvement

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Date: June 21, 2017  Time: 12:00 pm PDT
Hosted by: BCPSQC Quality Café
Webinar link: Click here   Webinar password: BCPSQC

How do best practices “move” from care site to care site? Why do some very effective practices never gain traction while others seem to spread effortlessly? Promoting the adoption of best practices to improve health care quality can be difficult and time-consuming. By understanding how information travels through informal professional networks, and identifying well-connected people or organizations to champion innovations within them, you can increase the chances that best practices will benefit more patients. In this webinar, presenters Jim Dearing, Amanda Beacom and Stephanie Chamberlain will:

  • Introduce social network analysis as a tool for quality improvement and spreading best practices
  • Present an example of how we are using social network analysis for quality improvement in the long-term care sector in British Columbia and throughout Canada
  • Offer insights and recommendations for how health care professionals can use this approach in their own work

James W. Dearing, PhD, is Professor of Communication at Michigan State University and an expert on the diffusion of innovations.
Amanda M. Beacom, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, with expertise in social network analysis.
Stephanie Chamberlain is a PhD Candidate, also in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta, with expertise in quality of care and quality of life in long-term care facilities.

All three are researchers on the Advice Seeking Networks in Long Term Care project, an initiative of the Translating Research in Elder Care (TREC) program. TREC is a research program focused on developing solutions for improving the quality of care provided to nursing home residents, enriching the work life of their caregivers, and enhancing system efficiency. Read their recently published article here: “Pathways for best practice diffusion: the structure of informal relationships in Canada’s long-term care sector.”

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Archived Webinars

BCCDC Grand Rounds Archives

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BC Patient Safety and Quality Council (BCPSQC) Webinars

There are many archived webinars on the BCPSQC website.