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2014-2015

Obesity Journal Club


The Obesity Journal Club will meet on Tuesday, May 26th from 12-1pm in the Jaharis 272 Conference Room at Tufts (Health Sciences Campus, 150 Harrison Ave). Christina Economos, PhD, Director, Childhood Obesity 180 & Associate Professor, New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, Friedman School at Tufts, will present and facilitate a discussion of 'Association between competitive food and beverage policies in elementary schools and childhood overweight/obesity trends: differences by neighborhood socioeconomic resources ', by Sanchez-Vaznaugh et al., recently published in JAMA Pediatr 2015, 169(5):e150781.

Faculty and students in the greater Boston area are welcome to attend and present. Those interested in participating may come to Tufts or join the discussion in a webinar style format by dialing in via WebEx. If you would like to receive a PDF of the article that will be discussed and/or a WebEx invitation, please email sarah.phillips@tufts.edu

The Obesity Journal Club is sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC). The Journal Club is open to faculty, staff and trainees from all institutions including Tufts, BU and Harvard. Please email sarah.phillips@tufts.edu for additional information and/or to be added to the distribution list.




The Obesity Journal Club is a program of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center’s (BNORC) Clinical and Community Research Core, which is co-led by Aviva Must, PhD at Tufts and Elizabeth Goodman, MD at Harvard/MGH. Aviva serves as OJC faculty facilitator at Tufts and Nicolas Oreskovic, MD is the lead at MGH. Journal Club meets at both locations during the academic year, with most meetings at Tufts.

Announcements for each meeting will specify the topic and location. Light snacks are served (please bring your own beverage). Meetings will take place from 12-1 on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month from September to May. The general format includes the presentation, critique, and (we hope) thoughtful discussion of a current article from the peer-reviewed obesity literature. Faculty and students in the greater Boston area are welcome to attend and present. Those interested in participating may come to Tufts or join the discussion in a webinar style format by dialing in via WebEx.

If you would like to receive a PDF of the article that will be discussed and/or the WebEx information, please email Sarah Phillips: sarah.phillips@tufts.edu.


Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Clinical and Community Research Core

Director:

Aviva Must, PhD Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine (School of Medicine), and Nutrition (Friedman School of Nutrition, Science, and Policy) Tufts University
E-mail: aviva.must@tufts.edu

Co-Director:

Elizabeth Goodman, MD Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
E-mail: egoodman3@partners.org

Assistant Directors:

Roger Fielding, PhD Senior Scientist, (Human Nutrition Research Center), Tufts University
E-mail: roger.fielding@tufts.edu

Sara Folta, Ph.D. Assistant Professor (Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy), Tufts University

Nicolas Oreskovic, MD Instructor in Pediatrics and Medicine (Harvard Medical School), Harvard University


The purpose of the Clinical and Community Research Core is:
  • To provide services that support the development and implementation of clinical and community- based research studies that address prevention and treatment of obesity and nutrition-related diseases and risk factors operating across multiple sectors (family, school, worksite, community, policy).


SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE CCR CORE
  1. Provide training and access to NDS-R for assessment of diet using food records and 24-hour recalls
  2. Provide training and access to tools for survey development: pencil-and-paper, web-based, and audio computer assisted self-interviewing design (fee-for-service)
  3. Provide webinar and in-person training in the collection and analysis of qualitative, “unstructured” data, including: focus groups, in-depth and key informant interviews, open-ended survey responses, literature reviews, audio recordings, and other content analysis (including access to nVivo software)
  4. Provide access for BNORC members to equipment used to objectively measure the built environment (accelerometers and GPS receivers) on a limited basis for small pilot studies or exploratory/hypothesis generating work.
  5. Provide consultation on study design, item and questionnaire design, and database design for clinical and community-based research
  6. Foster interdisciplinary research and serve as a liaison for contact with regional non-medical academic built environment specialists in the fields of architecture, urban planning, and Geographic Information Systems
  7. Stimulate interest in population based obesity research through hosting of a bi-weekly Obesity Journal Club

After consulting with the Core Director, please use the link below to request Core services.

Click here to access the BNORC CCR Core User Request Form
Please note - the CCR core uses a different form from the other BNORC cores.

Upcoming Workshop
WEBINAR: Creating a Discussion Guide for Qualitative Research
This webinar, which is sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, will give you the tools you need to create an effective discussion guide for focus groups and key informant interviews. You’ll gain an understanding of how to start from a general research question and develop it into a practical and organized questioning route so that you’ll get the answers you need. We’ll cover all phases of development from brainstorming, to phrasing and sequencing questions, to pilot testing. You’ll learn best practices so that your groups and interviews will be maximally informative. This will be an interactive webinar with multiple opportunities to ask questions of the presenter.

Presenter: Sara C. Folta, PhD

Date and time: Friday, September 18th, 2015 from 12-1 PM

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Recent Events Sponsored by the BNORC Clinical and Community Research Core:

WORKSHOP: Conducting Key Informant Interviews

In this workshop, you will receive training on how to conduct effective key informant interviews. You’ll learn how to obtain the data you need from the interviews, the tasks and traits of a good interviewer, and how to handle challenging interviewees. We’ll also discuss conducting interviews by phone, and conducting interviews with children. There will be ample time for practice conducting interviews with feedback.

Date and time: Friday 17 April 2015, 10 AM – 12 PM

Limited to 8 participants



WORKSHOP: Qualitative Data Analysis
Sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Software packages like NVivo are tremendously helpful in analyzing qualitative data, but they are only tools. What do you need to do before you sit down to code? What are the different philosophies and techniques around coding? Once you have the data that the programs spit out, what are you supposed to actually do with it? How do you best interpret the data? What “best practices” in qualitative data analysis do you need to consider? This workshop is designed to answer all of these questions. NOTE however that the purpose of the workshop is not to teach you to use the software – most come with excellent training and support. You will, however, learn everything else that you need to know to successfully analyze your qualitative data. Limited to 10 participants.

Date and Time: Monday, March 16, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM





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