Julia Simard, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA

Julia Simard

Talk: Implicit bias in the evidence: A evaluation of female-predominant disease

Julia Fridman Simard, ScD, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Population Health, and, by courtesy, of Medicine in Immunology and Rheumatology at Stanford. She received a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and a Doctorate of Science at the Harvard School of Public Health, which included training in the Section of Clinical Sciences, Division of Rheumatology, Immunology, and Allergy at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and with methodologists at the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 2008, Dr. Simard moved to Sweden for a Clinical Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and transitioned to junior faculty in their Clinical Epidemiology Unit in 2011. While there, Dr. Simard initiated a national register linkage to examine the utility of registers in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) research and develop an extensive data repository for future epidemiologic investigations which has been instrumental in multiple NIH-funded studies. In 2013 she joined the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Simard is a clinical epidemiologist focused on two clinical areas: rheumatic autoimmune disease, and reproductive and perinatal outcomes. Her methodologic work focuses on misclassification, including misclassification of preeclampsia phenotype in large databases as well as investigating how misclassification, missed opportunities, and misdiagnosis contribute to disparities in complex conditions such as systemic lupus.

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