Invited speakers

Introducing our esteemed keynote speakers, poised to enrich the ACPE16 conference program with their unparalleled insights and expertise

Miguel Hernan

Miguel Hernán uses health data and causal inference methods to learn what works. As Director of CAUSALab at Harvard, he and his collaborators repurpose real world data into evidence for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and mental illness. This work has contributed to shape health policy and research methodology worldwide.

Miguel is co-director of the Laboratory for Early Psychosis (LEAP) Center, principal investigator of the HIV-CAUSAL Collaboration, and co-director of the VA-CAUSAL Methods Core, an initiative of the U.S. Veterans Health Administration to integrate high-quality data and explicitly causal methodologies in a nationwide learning health system.

As the Kolokotrones Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, he teaches at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where he has mentored dozens of trainees, and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. His free online course “Causal Diagrams” and book “Causal Inference: What If”, co-authored with James Robins, are widely used for the training of researchers.

Miguel has received several awards, including the Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics, the Rothman Epidemiology Prize, and a MERIT award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Statistical Association, and Associate Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. He is a former Special Government Employee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Editor Emeritus of Epidemiology, and past Associate Editor of Biometrics, American Journal of Epidemiology, and Journal of the American Statistical Association.

Dr Kiyoshi Kubota

Dr. Kiyoshi Kubota is a physician and a pharmacoepidemiologist. From 1991 to 1996 he worked at the Drug Safety Research Unit in England. He was Associate Professor (till 2008) and Professor (after 2008) of Department of Pharmacoepidemiology in Tokyo University from 1996 to 2014.

He has been a member of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) since 1995. He worked as an Executive Committee Member of ISPE between 2015 August and 2018 August including 1 year between 2016 and 2017 when he was President of ISPE. He has been President of Japanese Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (JSPE) for 11 years from 2008 to 2019.

He organized the ISPE’s 2nd Asian meeting in 2007 and the 5th Asian meeting in 2010 in Tokyo as the congress chair. He has been an associate editor of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, the official journal of the ISPE since 2010. He is currently President of NPO Drug Safety Research Unit Japan where he has been working since 2001.

Yea-Huei Yang-Kao

Yea-Huei, is now the Professor Emeritus of the School of Pharmacy, and the Institute of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Taiwan, after retiring from Feb 2024. She is one of the leading pioneers in promoting education on clinical pharmacy and pharmacoepidemiology research in Taiwan. She has been actively involved in regulatory affairs by serving as an expert member in various advisory committees in the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Ministry of Education.

Yea-Huei established the first-ever graduate program of clinical pharmacy with Master degree and pharmacoepidemiology program with PhD in NCKU. That has contributed to cultivate pharmacy scientist in Taiwan. Also, she organized the Center of Health Outcome Research to promote leveraging population data for real world evidence, which has informed regulatory decision in Taiwan.

She has joined the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology since 1996 and has been awarded the Fellowship since 2012. Additionally, she has served as an Associate Editor for Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, the official journal of ISPE. She is one of the founding members of the Asia Pharmacoepidemiology Network. She hosted the 4th and 14thAsian Conference for Pharmacoepidemiology in Tainan, Taiwan, in 2009 and 2022, respectively, and the 30th Annual Conference of ISPE in Taipei in 2014.

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