Instrumental variables and causal inference
November 16-17, 2016
Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network
Biostatistics, Institute of Public Health
University of Copenhagen, Denmark

The Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network and the Section of Biostatistics, Institute of Public Health, University of Copenhagen are pleased to announce a two-day scientific meeting on instrumental variables and causal inference.


On the 16th the meeting will be held at:
Kommunehospitalet (CSS)
Øster Farimagsgade 5
1353 København K, Denmark
Room 35-01-44 (building 35, basement, room 44)
See this map for how to find building 35.

On the 17th the meeting will be held at:
Frederiksberg Campus
Bülowsvej 17
1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark
Auditorium A 1-01.0.1
See this map for how to find the auditorium.


The easiest way to arrive at the two venues is to start at Nørreport Station.

From there you can easily get to Kommunehospitalet by a short walk. See the route here.

To get to Frederiksberg Campus you can take the metro (underground train) from Nørreport Station to Forum Station (towards Vanløse). From there you can get to Frederiksberg Campus by a short walk. See the route here.

Registration - now closed

To attend the meeting, please register by sending an email to Susanne Kragskov before October 16, 2016.

The registration fee is 300 Danish Kroner.

An optional dinner will take place in the evening of November 16th. The cost of the dinner will be 700 Danish Kroner. If you wish to participate in the dinner, please make that known in the registration email along with any dietary constraints.

The registration fee (including optional dinner costs) must be transferred no later than Ocotober 16 to:

Danske Bank, Holmens Kanal 2 DK-1090 København K
Reg. No: 0216, Account No: 4069044336, IBAN: DK73 0216 4069 0443 36, SWIFT: DABADKKK
with reference to internal account no: 30333000-10-5003005004


The optional dinner will be at Restaurant Koefoed and will give you an opportunity to experience a meal prepared with local ingredients from the Danish island Bornholm.

Remember to state in the registration whether you wish to participate in the dinner.


The meeting is funded by the Dynamical Systems Interdisciplinary Network.


For inquiries about the meeting, please contact Andreas Kryger Jensen.


We are excited to announce the following distinguished speakers

James Robins

Harvard, School of Public Health

Eric Tchetgen Tchetgen

Harvard, School of Public Health

Stijn Vansteelandt

Ghent University

Vanessa Didelez

University of Bremen

Neil Davies

University of Bristol

Mats Julius Stensrud

University of Oslo

Niels Richard Hansen

University of Copenhagen

Theis Lange

University of Copenhagen / Peking University

Torben Martinussen

University of Copenhagen

Wednesday November 16.

01:00 PM - 01:15 PMWelcome
01:15 PM - 02:00 PMNeil Davies
To IV or not to IV, that is the question
02:00 PM - 02:45 PMStijn Vansteelandt
Survivor bias in Mendelian randomisation analysis
02.45 PM - 03:30 PMVanessa Didelez
Recent challenges for Mendelian randomisation analyses
03:30 PM - 04:00 PMCoffee break
04:00 PM - 04:45 PMNiels Richard Hansen
Recurrent event time modeling: predictive and causal models
04:45 PM - 05:30 PMEric Tchetgen Tchetgen
New results on instrumental variable inference of the average causal effect of treatment
06:30 PM - Dinner

Thursday November 17.

09:00 AM - 09:35 AMTorben Martinussen
Estimating in the structural Cox model in an instrumental variable framework
09:35 AM - 10:10 AMMats Julius Stensrud
Some issues with time in Mendelian Randomization studies
10:10 AM - 10:45 AMTheis Lange
Bounding IV estimates using mediation analysis thinking
10:45 AM - 11:15 AMCoffee break
11:15 AM - 12:15 AMJames Robins
Instrumental variables with time dependent treatments
12:15 PM – 01:00 PMOpen discussion / Lunch