In the quest for causality: Mendelian Randomization Conference 2017

Observational study designs are often so rife with biases, it makes studying causal associations next to impossible. Randomised controlled trials are the gold standard but expensive, and at times, not feasible, or run the risk of being unethical. Enter large-scale accessible genomics and big data analysis: a novel approach to infer causal associations, known as... Continue Reading →


Measuring the double burden of air pollution

In the latest Global Burden of Disease study, ambient and household air pollution* were together ranked the 4th leading risk factors of disease burden (after dietary risks, tobacco smoke and high blood pressure), accounting for 6.5 million premature deaths in 2015. Up to 90% of these deaths occurred in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs), many of which are... Continue Reading →

NDPH Peer Support

In the academic year 2016/2017, a peer support programme was introduced in NDPH. You may already be familiar with peer support, or have heard about it from your college. This blog reiterates the concept of peer support, introduces the NDPH peer supporters and tells you a little more about what activities we have planned for... Continue Reading →

Learning R

A wise man once told me the difference between using Stata and R is like comparing a bus with a 4x4 that has a kayak on the roof and climbing gear on the back seat. Getting on a bus is relatively easy; all you have to do is figure out which bus takes you to... Continue Reading →

Corrections: The Final Frontier…

It’s easy to see your viva as the end of your DPhil and if you pass with minor corrections then congratulations, you’re almost there! Whether you’re planning on doing your corrections from your office desk or from a hammock on a beach in the Caribbean, there are a few important things you need to know... Continue Reading →

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