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2024 AK Visiting Lecture Series 07

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Anthea Lindquist

2024 AK Visiting Lecture Series 07
“Using Big Data and Causal Methods to Improve Clinical Practice”
12:00-1:00 pm EST (2:00-3:00 am 6/6/24 AEST)

The Anne Klibanski Visiting Lecture Series was created to support and advance the careers of women. These lectures offer the opportunity for women faculty from outside institutions that have hosted Anne Klibanski Scholars to present on their expertise, either alone or in tandem with an Anne Klibanski Scholar.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this activity, participants were able to:

  • Gain an understanding of the potential role of causal inference methods in clinical decision-making.
  • Gain an appreciation of how big data and causal methods can help answer difficult clinical questions in obstetric practice.
  • Review the current gaps in pharmacoepidemiology in obstetrics and how these methods might be able to fill these gaps.

Target Audience: This activity is intended for faculty and faculty trainees.
Course Director: Darshan H. Mehta, MD, MPH, Office for Well-Being; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Presenter: Anthea Lindquist, MBBS, DPhil, Obstetrician/gynaecologist and perinatal epidemiologist, Mercy Hospital for Women, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Lindquist is an Obstetrician/gynaecologist and perinatal epidemiologist. She practices clinically at the Mercy Hospital for Women, a major tertiary referral centre in Melbourne, and is co-lead of the perinatal epidemiology group at the University of Melbourne. Her research examines the long-term impacts for mother and baby following different exposures during pregnancy and the periconceptual period. Together with her team, Anthea has been the first to publish research in the field of obstetrics using statewide data and causal inference methods – whereby big data and a causal analysis framework are used to mimic the conditions of a randomized trial. This approach has allowed Anthea and her team to examine research questions that would be infeasible or unethical to study in randomized trials, such as the long-term school-age impacts for children of IVF vs spontaneous conception. Anthea and her team are commencing the next phase of big data studies, looking at exposure to common but under-studied medications during pregnancy.


In support of improving patient care, Mass General Brigham is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Mass General Brigham designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTMPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsoring of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs. 1 Continuing Education (CE) credit is awarded.

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