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EC Workshop

This early-career workshop will be held on Thursday 19 October 2:30pm to 4:00pm at The Pullman on the Park, Wellington Park, Melbourne.  The purpose of the workshop is to provide an informal and supportive environment in which researchers can meet one another, present their work if they choose, discuss matters of mutual interest and interact in various ways with their peers. Dr. Jianrong Zhang from the University of Melbourne, Dr. Brooklyn Fraser from the University of Tasmania, and Dr. Ghazaleh Dashti from the University of Melbourne make up the ECR Workshop Committee and will be attendance.

You can register your attendance when completing your online conference registration CLICK HERE for registration link.


AEA Early Career Researcher Workshop:

  • The aim of this session is to provide early career epidemiological researchers the opportunity to discuss methodological issues with experienced epidemiologists/biostatisticians in a workshop style format.

  • The Early Career Researcher Workshop allows an early career researcher to make a presentation that highlights a methodological issue or problem that has arisen in their research. In response, they will receive advice from a discussant, and from experienced epidemiologists/biostatisticians in the audience, on how it might be solved. This workshop is not designed to be a forum for presentation of final results, but a collegial discussion about overcoming a methodological issue.

  • The discussant will be invited by the AEA organising committee. They will be an expert in the methodological area proposed by the successful abstract.

  • For this workshop, an early career researcher is defined as a student currently enrolled in, or a graduate in the past five years of a postgraduate program in epidemiology, biostatistics or a related discipline (with proof of eligibility required). Career interruptions will be taken into account.

  • Early career researchers who would like to be considered to present in this workshop must provide an extended abstract (500 words) using the Early Career Researcher Workshop Template and, during the abstract submission process, nominate that they wish to be considered for the early career workshop.

  • Successful applicant(s) will be chosen on merit based on review of their abstract for which they will be the presenting author. Successful applicant(s) must engage in dialogue with their discussant prior to the congress.

  • Because some applications may be unsuccessful, applicants should consider submitting additionally an abstract for another form of presentation.

The Australasian Epidemiological Association is eager to have as many early-to-mid-year scholars attend this workshop as possible. However, due to limited resources, places for the 2023 EC Workshop may need to be limited. Preference will be given to nominated academics with research interests directly relevant to the theme of the EC Workshop.

EC Workshop Committee


Dr Ghazaleh Dashti

Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit,
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Dr Ghazaleh Dashti is a postdoctoral fellow at the Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. Her research focuses on the evaluation of causal inference methods in observational studies and methods for handling missing data in the context of causal inference. She also applies complex statistical methods, particularly in causal inference and missing data, to a variety of areas, including adolescent health, mental health, and cancer epidemiology. She was awarded a PhD (2020) and a Master of Public Health (2014) from The University of Melbourne, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (2011) from Shahid Beheshti University in Iran. 

Dr Jianrong Zhang 

PhD candidate, Department of General Practice & Centre for Cancer Research, University of Melbourne; Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre 

Jianrong Zhang is thoracic surgeon and oncologist, as well as clinical and public health researcher. He is conducting PhD research involving data linkage between primary care, hospital and registry datasets for timely diagnosis, risk factors and outcomes in lung cancer, based at the University of Melbourne & Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC). He accomplished medicine degrees & clinical training in Clinical Medicine and Surgery, research training in Thoracic Oncology, at Guangzhou Medical University (China), as well as Master of Public Health (in Epidemiology/Biostatistics) & Clark-Fox Policy Scholar training at Washington University in St. Louis (USA). He was a visiting scholar at Duke University (USA) and is a collaborator of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) Study. His research areas include health services research, thoracic oncology & surgery, primary care, and global health. 


Dr Brooklyn Fraser

Early-Career Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania

Dr Brooklyn Fraser is an early-career postdoctoral research fellow at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania. Brooklyn’s PhD explored the association between childhood muscular fitness and type 2 diabetes related outcomes in adulthood. Her research helped identify muscular fitness, in childhood and across the life course, as a target to help prevent type 2 diabetes. Brooklyn’s postdoctoral research examines the health and fitness of Australian children, with a strong focus on the long-term cardiovascular health consequences of poor fitness. Brooklyn works with large observational studies with longitudinal data and is experienced with analytic techniques relevant to longitudinal data including life-course modelling.

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