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Teaching in India Oct 2017

24 October 2017

During the first few weeks (4th-14th) of October, ten members of the IEU and ICEP embarked on a journey to teach on the “Mendelian randomization and Epigenetic Cancer Epidemiology” workshop at the Centre for Cancer Epidemiology at the TATA Memorial Centre Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) in Navi Mumbai, India.

Hosted by Professor Rajesh Dikshit and his wonderful staff, the workshop focused on establishing causal inference within observational epidemiology, particularly when using molecular data such as epigenetics. The participants were some of the most engaged individuals, who were thoroughly interested in epigenetics as a data source and a potential mechanism through which causal associations between modifiable exposures and health outcomes can occur.

All tutors did a wonderful job at conveying a clear and well-rounded course that was appreciated by all participants, whilst maintaining an easily approachable and interactive teaching environment. We were thoroughly overwhelmed by the kindness and gracious hosting of Rajesh and his team, who made sure our short stay in Mumbai was pleasant, vibrant and enjoyable, and ensured the workshop ran very smoothly. Our introduction to chai masala tea, thali dinners, Old Monk rum and monsoon-filled evenings; the incredible wildlife and fun, friendly and kind people; and vivacious and bustling car journeys to Mumbai were unforgettable.

The course was the start of what promises to be the start of a fruitful and productive collaboration with ACTREC, Rajesh and his team in the Centre for Cancer Epidemiology.

 

Words by Kaitlin Wade

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