The next IEA World Congress of Epidemiology will be held in Saitama, Japan on 19-22 August 2017. The venue is about 25 minutes away from Tokyo, by bullet train.
The conference theme is global, regional and local health and epidemiology in a changing world. The first call for abstracts is now open. Further information is available on the conference website http://wce2017.umin.jp/welcome/index.html
The organisers of the next IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Saitama, Japan on 19-22 August, 2017, are offering scholarships for travel awards for selected abstracts.
This award will be given in recognition of outstanding endeavours by young researchers and to encourage continued research careers related epidemiology. For this program, a limited number of awards will be made available to PhD students or postdoctoral researchers who submit original abstracts in basic and clinical research fields of epidemiology.
To apply for the award, please submit your abstract by 15 October 2016 (see http://wce2017.umin.jp/call_for_abstracts/index.html for instructions). The winners will be announced and presented with an award during the Congress.
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) – Western Pacific (W-P) Region and the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), invite applications for the 2016—2017 IEA—AEA Exchange Award.
The purpose of this Award is to share capacity and build collaborations between Australia/NZ and other countries in the region. Applications can be initiated by IEA or AEA members (including new members), and must involve a member from each Association, with one member based in a country outside of Australia or New Zealand (AEA’s main membership base). The limited funds available are mainly intended to support or offset travel expenses, but any justified research-related expenses will be considered. Please see the attached application details. Two awards will be made this year.
The closing date for applications is Monday 31 October 2016.
Tony LaMontagne (IEA Western Pacific Regional Counsellor, and AEA ex officio Council member)
Deakin University, Melbourne AUSTRALIA
DA Henderson, one of the most eminent epidemiologists worldwide, has died. He led the World Health Organisation’s smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and 70s. He had also been Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and was an adviser on bioterrorism to several presidents. Until his death he continued to advise and mentor epidemiologists around the world. Link to his obituary: click here
Philip Brachman, a much valued member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Epidemiology, has died. Most of his career was spent at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, where he was Director of the Epidemiology Intelligence Service during the 1970s. Link to his obituary: click here
On February 2016, IEA announced a call for application for partial support towards the course fees of the EEPE 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology for one member from low or middle-income countries. By the closing date, on April 3 2016, 37 applications were received from the following countries: China (1), Egypt (6), India (8), Indonesia (1), Iran (1), Lebanon (2), Liberia (1), Malawi (1), Nigeria (1), Pakistan (8), Sudan (3), Thailand (2), United Arab Emirates (1), Yemen (1).
The IEA Executive Committee appointed an Evaluation Committee that assessed the applications on the basis of pre-defined criteria.
Shahrzad Nematollahi (Iran) has been awarded the fellowship, which covers the course fees ($3,000, which is a reduced price from EEPE).
Congratulations to the awarded candidate! IEA thanks all the applicants and wish them all the best in their professional development.
During 2015 a new initiative for Australia/NZ and the International Epidemiology Association (IEA) Western Pacific region was developed between the IEA Regional Counsellor for the Western Pacific (Tony LaMontagne) and the Australasian Epidemiology Association (AEA). A co-funded Regional Collaboration Award to support collaboration and exchange between IEA and AEA members was introduced, with two one-off Awards of AU$2000 ($1000 contributed by each Association) on offer (applications closed 30 October 2015). The purpose of the Award is to share capacity and build collaborations between Australia/NZ and other countries in the Western Pacific region. Applications were required to involve a member from each Association, with one member based in a country outside of Australia or New Zealand (AEA’s main membership base). Two awards were presented to researchers from the Fiji National University to attend research workshops in Australia. Details of the successful applicants are noted below. Our sincere congratulations to the winners with our wishes for their continuing success. Tony LaMontagne, on behalf of IEA and AEA. (click here for more information)
Stephen Leeder, Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Sydney, Australia, has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). He is a longstanding member of IEA and has a wide network of international associations. He was recommended for the post by four past Presidents of IEA.
Stephen was Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Journal of Australia in 2013-15. In the 1990s he was President of the Australasian Epidemiological Association and head of the Sydney School of Public Health. Later he served as Dean of the Medical School at the University of Sydney. Early in his career Stephen spent time working in departments of public health and/or community medicine in the UK, Canada and the USA and he is currently Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health in New York. He has also been Director of the Asian and Pacific Rockefeller Centre for Clinical Epidemiology, through which he developed strong links with students and institutions in Thailand, China, Indonesia and Colombia.
The IJE has flourished under the editorship of George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim, who will step down as editors at the end of 2016. The IEA is enormously grateful to them for their substantial contributions to enhancing the profile of the journal over the last 15 years. Stephen will take up the post of IJE Editor-in-Chief on 1 January 2017.
The IEA regional meeting in Africa, including the fourth meeting of the African Epidemiology Association, was held in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 14-15 April 2016. The meeting was officially opened by the Secretary for Health Dr MacPhail Magwira and the keyenote address was given by the Minister of Gender Women and Social Welfare Hon. Dr Jean A. Kalilani, MP, in Malawi, who emphasised the key role of epidemiology for addressing public health problems in Africa. Presentations covered a wide range of topics including: the Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea, a trial of the management of TB in Malawi, the emergence of snake bites as a public health problem in Cameroon, recent evidence on the effect of breastfeeding on infant growth by South African HIV positive women, and several presentations on the growing relevance of non-communicable disease in Nigeria and Senegal.
Discussions during the meeting stressed the importance of capacity building in public health research in Africa, and that future meetings should be co-ordinated with other meetings of epidemiologists in the region and should encourage the participation of early career epidemiologists.
The IEA will provide partial support towards the course fees of the 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology, on a competitive basis, for 1 IEA member from low or middle-income countries. Those interested should write firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 3, 2016, attaching a copy of their CV and a short statement on why they would like to attend the course.
The course (Florence, Italy, 20 June – 8 July 2016) is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course offers in the first two weeks five general modules on epidemiological study design and statistical analysis of epidemiological data, and in the third week seven special modules on topics of current relevance for health and advanced methodological issues. The course is taught in English by an international faculty and is held in residential form in the “Studium” centre on the hills of Florence.
Please visit the website www.eepe.org for further information