Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health Using Large Databases

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Course Program


Essentials of Large Databases Part I (13:00 - 18:30)

Keynote Address and Reception (19:00-21:00)


Essentials of Large Databases Part II (9:00 - 13:00)

Lunch (13:00-14:00)

Essentials of Large Databases Part III (14:00 - 18:00)


Module I - Databases for Aging Research (8:30 - 13:00)

Module II - Cancer Registries (14:00 - 18:30)


Module III - Use of health databases for personalized (precision) medicine (8:30 - 13:00)

Module IV -Use of Large Databases for Pharmaceutical Research (14:00 - 18:30)

Keynote Speaker

More data, more health - The role of large databases in research and development


Stefano Vella, MD                               

Director and Chair, Department Of Pharmacology and Therapeutic Research, Center for Global Health, Istituto Superiore di Sanità.

Chair, Agenzia Italiana del Farmaco (AIFA)

Course Faculty



Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD 


Professor, Director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology; Professor, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. 


Bian Liu, PhD


Assistant Professor, Population Health Science and Policy; Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. 
Dr. Liu is a cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on geospatial and disparity patterns and environmental exposures to pollutants.  She has extensive experience working with NHANES, SEER, and SPARCS data.


Katherine Ornstein, PhD, MPH


Assistant Professor, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. 
Dr. Ornstein's research focuses on older adults with serious illnesses and their families at the end of life. She has extensive experience working with HRS, NHATS, Medicare claims data, and international registries.


Stefano Bonassi, PhD


Professor, Hygiene and Preventive Medicine, San Raffaele University;


Head, Unit of Clinical and Molecular Epidemiology, IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, Rome, Italy.                                                                 

Dr. Bonassi is focused on the use of biomarkers in human population and clinical studies. In particular he has been actively involved in assessing the role of chromosomal damage in the early stages of carcinogenesis and other chronic diseases. He is active in designing and coordinating epidemiological studies, often based on high throughput techniques, such as gene expression profile and genotype.


Gianluca Trifiró, MD, PhD


Clinical Pharmacologist and Associate Professor of pharmacoepidemiology, University of Messina, Italy.


Dr. Trifiró is involved in the scientific coordination of several international projects evaluating drug use and safety in real life using multiple European healthcare database. He is member of the Sicilian Regional Drug Formulary and of Secretariat of pharmacovigilance at the Italian Drug Agency. He is elected member of the Steering Group of the European Network of Center for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacovigilance (ENCePP) at the European Medicine Agency. He is co-chair of the Biologics and Biosimilar Special Interest Group of International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology.


Graziano Onder, M.D., Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy.

Dr. Onder has previously worked as a Research Associate at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC, USA (2001-2002). He is a Fellow of the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing. His research focuses on pharmacoepidemiology in the elderly, multimorbidity, chronic diseases, and organizational characteristics of healthcare systems. He has received grants from public and private institutions including the Italian Ministry of Health and the European Commission through the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). He is an author of more than 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals.



Cesare Furlanello

Senior Researcher, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Head of Data Science

MPBA Project (Predictive Models for Biomedicine and Environment), Trento, Italy.


Cesare currently focuses on Deep Learning for Precision Medicine, and covers many aspects of predictive modeling through machine learning. He currently collaborates with Rome Bambino Gesu' Children's Hospital to provide models from MRI to clinical biomarkers  for pediatric cancer radiomics. He has experience with genomics data and the MAQC/SEQC Initiative for the FDA, focused on developing models from big data and on building deep learning / machine learning models from multi-modal data.  


Natalia Egorova, PhD


Associate Professor, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York. 
Dr. Egorova is a biostatistician with extensive experience analyzing large healthcare datasets including NHDS and SEER Medicare.


Alessandra Marengoni, MD, PhD


Associate Professor of Geriatrics, Department of Clinical and Experimental Science, University of Brescia, Italy

                                                Dr. Marengoni studies clusters of diseases and multimorbidity in the elderly, cardiovascular diseases and risk of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, comorbidities and dementia progress, drug prescription appropriateness, and adherence and polypharmacy in the elderly. She has expertise in the fields of Ageing, Geriatrics, Chronic Diseases, Pharmacology, Epidemiology Public Health, and Statistics.

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Carlo Tomino Pharm.D.


Professor of Pharmacology, University of San Raffaele, International Expert for European Advanced Translational Infrastructure in Medicine


Dr. Tomino has worked for 10 years at the Italian Institute of Health – Laboratory of Virology – HIV/AIDS therapy department, coordinating a huge number of clinical trials either in HIV and oncology fields. His main of work is the pharmaceutical sector/clinical research, working also at the European Medicines Agency (Safety Working Group, Efficacy working group and Pharmacogenomic working group) and the European level (EU commission).



Eva Negri, ScD


Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.


Previously, Eva was the Head of the Laboratory of Epidemiology of the Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri”, Milan, Italy. Her main fields of interest are the design, conduction and analysis of epidemiologic studies on cancer and other chronic conditions, the analysis of geographic and temporal trends in cancer mortality, the health consequences and prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, dietary factors and other environmental exposures, the conduction of collaborative re-analyses and meta-analyses of observational studies and the combination of epidemiologic and toxicological evidence for causal inference and risk assessment. She has authored over 1,000 papers in peer-reviewed journals in the field of epidemiology and biostatistics (Web of Science H-index=98).


Josep Roca, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Senior consultant, Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, Senior researcher, IDIBAPS, Adjunct Professor , University of Sourthern Denmark (Odense).

Dr. Roca is the author of more than 300 original articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters, review articles and books. His two main fields of interest are: (I) Chronic patient management: convergence between integrated care and systems medicine with support of information and communication technologies (ICT); and, (II) Relationships between oxygen pathway and cell bioenergetics: biological mechanisms and impact at system level.


Teaching Assistants:

  • Stephanie Tuminello, MPH
  • Wil Lieberman-Cribbin, MPH
  • Naomi Alpert, MS

Course Location

Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma

Course Payment


Early Bird Discount:

Option 1- Essentials of Large Databases = €750 if registered by September 21st 

Option 2-Essentials of Large Databases + 1 Modules = €1000 if registered by September 21st

Option 3-Essentials of Large Databases + all Modules = €1250 if registered by September 21st 

Academic, Early Career, and Student Discount:

To request academic, early career, and student support, please complete and upload a one-page description (Word Doc or PDF) of your background and how participation will advance your current research focus to your registration form: http://j.mp/2JC9MEo. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please direct inquires to Sinai.ITE.info@gmail.com


Option 1

Core Overview- €1250

Includes Parts I-III of the Essentials of Large Databases

Option 2

Core Overview + 1 Module - €1500

Includes Parts I-III of the Essentials of Large Databases and your choice of 1 Module offered on either Wednesday or Thursday

Option 3

Core Overview + All Modules - €1750

Includes Parts I-III of the Essentials of Large Databases and Modules I-IV offered on Wednesday and Thursday

Option 4

2 Modules - €500

Includes two Modules of your choice offered on Wednesday and Thursday

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where is the Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma ?

A: The University is located a 10 km west of central Rome, a summary of how to reach us can be found here: http://www.unisanraffaele.gov.it/come-raggiungerci#c819

Q: What Accommodation Options are available?

Participants are able to book a discounted private room for 50 Euros / night at two hotels < 1000 m walking distance from Università San Raffaele. Please direct inquires to sinai.ite@gmail.com for more information. Participants are also welcome to book their own accomodation in the heart of Rome, and we can provide a list of hotel options and help with your booking if necessary.

Q: Will food be provided for this course?

A: Breakfast and Lunch, including coffee and tea will be provided

Q: Is accommodation included in the tuition?

A: No, although there is onsite accommodation available at The Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma. A full description of  Roma City / San Raffaele Transport and Accommodation options can be downloaded here

Q: What language will the course be taught in?

A: All course lectures, modules, speakers, and materials will be in English

Q: Are there discounts offered?

A: Yes, early-bird reduced pricing is in effect until September 21st, and a student, academic, and early-career researcher discount is available. Email sinai.ite.info@gmail.com for more information.


Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods


Course Program



This workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the theoretical foundation and practical skills necessary to apply qualitative methods for population health research.

No previous knowledge of qualitative research is needed!

All participants welcome, including

  • Public health professionals
  • Graduate students
  • Clinicians and translational researchers

Learning Objectives:

Participants in this workshop can expect to gain:

  • The knowledge needed to design a qualitative study using examples from the team’s prior work
  • Familiarity with theoretical frameworks and different types of qualitative methods used in population health research
  • Practical hands-on guidance on qualitative data collection (e.g. designing interview guides, interviewing and focus group facilitation techniques), and analysis
  • A deeper understanding of methodological challenges in conducting qualitative studies and evaluating qualitative data
  • Examples of software programs used in qualitative data analysis
  • Approaches to summarizing, presenting, and publishing qualitative research
  • Exposure to a range of topics including cancer outcomes, mental health research, and quality improvement in health care delivery.

Course Faculty

The faculty of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology (ITE) and Center for Biostatistics of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) includes distinguished members from throughout the Icahn School of Medicine. 


Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD


Professor, Director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology; Professor, Population Health Science and Policy


Nihal E. Mohamed, PhD



Assistant Professor, Department of Urology and Oncological Science
Her research focuses on evaluating patient unmet needs, experience, and patient-centered reported outcomes following cancer diagnosis.  She has extensive experience conducting qualitative research in bladder, prostate, and colorectal cancer patients.


Rebecca Schwartz, PhD



Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health


Dr. Schwartz is trained as a clinical psychologist and behavioral epidemiologist whose research focuses on the intersection between mental health and physical health outcomes.


Ksenia Gorbenko, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health Science & Policy


Dr. Gorbenko is a medical sociologist with expertise in qualitative and mixed-methods research. Her research identifies gaps between health care provider, patient, and caregiver experiences to design person-centered interventions.


Teaching Assistants:

  • Stephanie Tuminello, MPH
  • Wil Lieberman-Cribbin, MPH
  • Naomi Alpert, MS

Course Location

Università Telematica San Raffaele Roma

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Course Payment


Option 1

Qualitative Methods Course - $1000


Option 3

Qualitative Methods Course + Two Modules - $2000

Includes 2 Modules from the Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health Using Large Databases (Wednesday / Thursday)

Option 2

Qualitative Methods Course + 1 Module - $1500

Includes 1 Module from the Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health Using Large Databases (Wednesday / Thursday)

Option 4

Qualitative Methods Course + All Modules - $2500

Includes 4 Modules from the Tackling Complexity in Medicine and Public Health Using Large Databases (Wednesday / Thursday)