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Heading to #CPHA13

Ottawa is a beautiful city in the summer - hopefully we'll be able to enjoy it! | Photo credit: Atif Kukaswadia
Ottawa is a beautiful city in the summer – hopefully we’ll be able to enjoy it! | Photo credit: Atif Kukaswadia

Just a short note today – I (Atif) will be heading to the Canadian Public Health Association Conference next week, which is being held in my home town of Ottawa, Ontario. I’ve never been to the CPHA Conference, so I’m looking forward to it.

I’ll be tweeting findings from the conference using the #CPHA13 hashtag, and I’m hoping others will be too. There are a wide range of presentations this year, and I’m excited to hear about all the research that people are doing, as well as the vision that CPHA has for themselves and for their role in promoting public health in Canada.

I’m going to presenting a poster on one of the studies from my PhD titled “A Cross-sectional Analysis of Immigrant Status and Its Relation to Physical Activity Among Canadian Youth.” I’ll be by my poster for the breaks, so drop by Canada Hall 2 to learn all about it.

If you’re attending the conference, leave a comment with details of your own presentation so that other readers can attend your talks. And if you see me at the conference, be sure to say hi!

This was posted simultaneously on PLOS Blogs Public Health Perspectives

New Post on Gradifying: Letters from the Half Way Point: Or, Three Things I’ve Learnt So Far.

Friend of the blog Travis has done regular thesis updates, and I think that updates from those in their PhD can be helpful for those considering or starting out with their graduate education. It gives you a a bit of a roadmap of what to expect, and potential pitfalls you might encounter. Some of you will be half way through a Masters/PhD right now, and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments – anything you wish you knew before, or even things that went well that you would recommend others do as well.

And, to inject a little class into the proceedings, I’m going to highlight these points with famous quotes from books. I’m sure my English major readers will have a field day with this.

Click here to continue reading!

Mr Epidemiology is moving to PLoS Blogs!

Super exciting news! As of this week, I’ll be a PLoS Blogger!PLoGGer! Or a PLoGster! Yay!

This is very exciting, and I’m looking forward to moving onto the PLoS network. For some perspective, I’m going from my blog (3-5k visits/month) to PLoS Blogs (>200k visits/month). I’ll be writing for their brand new Public Health blog and their Science Education blog, together with some incredible writers, including the very talented Viet Le and Beth Skwarecki on Public Health, as well Jean Flanagan and Cristina Russo on Science-Ed, as well as others (including frequent Mr Epidemiology guest, Lindsay Kobayashi!).

The blogs go live tonight (so if the links don’t work, check back later), and will be available at: and

I’m going to continue to use Mr Epidemiology to aggregate my work on these sites and Gradifying, and will continue to update Mr Epid with other posts and thoughts that don’t fit those three blogs.

As always, I welcome your comments, and hope you’ll join me over at PLoS! And above all, thank you all for your support!

No New Posts For A While

This was my arm after the accident. I’m sure these are the technical terms the Ortho and ER staff use to describe such injuries.

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that last week, I was in a biking accident on my way to work. While avoiding a pedestrian, I hit the curb and fell off my bike, resulting in me breaking both the radius and ulna in my left arm. I’m going to try and work around it, but there likely won’t be any new posts in the next little while as I deal with the monster cast I have on and then rehab.

I was very fortunate to make it out with just the one injury to my arm and some road rash. Luckily, because I was wearing my bike helmet, I was saved from any major head injury. So, in short:

Please, please, please, if you’re riding a bike, wear a helmet.

I’ve literally biked this route every day from March – October every year that I’ve been in Kingston. If I wasn’t wearing my helmet, I don’t know if I’d be writing this message to you today.

Special thanks to the paramedics and all the wonderful doctors, nurses and PCAs at the Kingston General Hospital who helped put me back together. You guys are awesome 🙂

New Co-Authored Blog: Gradifying!

I’ve been invited to blog at Gradifying!

Exciting news everyone!

I’ve been invited to blog over at Gradifying, a new grad student run blog at Queen’s University through their School of Graduate Studies! The blog will be focused on life in Kingston and graduate life at Queen’s, but some of the topics will be applicable to anyone in graduate school, like picking a research supervisor. If there’s anything in particular you’d like us to cover, don’t hesitate to let us know.

The blog has more information about my co-bloggers Sharday and Megan, as well more about me there too. For more info, be sure to take a look at the Gradifying website, and also follow us on Twitter!

– Atif

Mr Epidemiology’s 100th Post!!

Post 100! Similar to this one, but with less spandex!

Today, I’m thrilled put up my 100th post. I’m unbelievably excited right now.

I started the blog back in June of 2011, with the intention of using it as a way to talk about epidemiology and my experience in graduate school. What I wasn’t anticipating is the reception I’ve got. The support from you all on Facebook, Twitter and by email has been awesome. Every time you email a friend one of my pieces, retweet it, post it on Facebook, Pin it, you make this possible.

Special thanks to all the people who have been sent drafts of articles and have provided feedback and advice on posts. You guys have been a phenomenal sounding board for me, and I owe you a special debt of thanks (thanks can be redeemed for hugs and/or fist bumps, and hold no cash value).

I hope I can continue to provide you with great articles and keep things interesting. I’ve got some big plans for the blog, and with your support hope to make them a reality.

Thank you.

Update: New address –

Hi all,

I recently registered Assuming that the tubes realign properly, you should be automagically redirected to that URL. Otherwise, please update your browsers.

All the previous links should still work, but if there are any problems, let me know and I’ll have my tech guy take a look at them (i.e. me wearing a Transformers shirt).



Happy Holidays!

Click the photo to see more of my work on Flickr! 🙂

So we’re finally coming to the end of 2011, and with lots of things that need to get done before then, I’m going to be taking a short hiatus from blogging. I’ll still be posting my weekly roundups though, and will be back with new content and posts in January.

If you read anything that you think I might find interesting, or have any ideas you’d like me to cover, feel free to drop me a line.

Until then, why don’t you explore the archives?

Happy Holidays!

– Mr Epidemiology

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