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Pitt Researchers Share Global Health Research Techniques in Central Asia

PITTSBURGH, July 10, 2012 - Epidemiologists from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) will bridge continents, cultures and the information gap to present a novel, computer-based learning system to an audience of health researchers, scientists and students in Central Asia.
Center for Life Sciences at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, and the University of Pittsburgh will be holding a workshop titled "Introduction to Research Methods in the Era of the Internet" on research design and statistical methodology in public health and medicine.  The conference will run from July 9 to 13 in Astana, Kazakhstan, and is designed to encourage scientific networking and the dissemination of information in the Central Asia region, including Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

“This program allows us to highlight the best public health practices and share them on a global level,” said Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at GSPH.
The workshop is an outgrowth of Supercourse, a repository of 5,000 lectures on global health and prevention, available for free on the web. Supercourse is produced at the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center at GSPH. In addition to Dr. LaPorte, GSPH faculty Faina Linkov, Ph.D., Janice Dorman, Ph.D., Thomas Songer, Ph.D., and Eugene Shubnikov, M.D., will lead the instructional sessions at Nazarbayev University.
More than 60 Central Asian researchers and doctoral students are expected to attend.

Selected lectures and video recordings will be made available through the science portal of CAREN, the regional academic network of Central Asia. Additionally, the Central Asian mirror of the Supercourse repository can be found at this portal.

The project is supported by a grant from the United States Agency for International Development, which has no responsibility for the content.

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