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Call for new Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE)

The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) is seeking new Editor(s)-in-Chief for its influential flagship journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). The IJE, owned by IEA, is published by Oxford University Press (OUP).

IJE is one of the most highly respected and cited journals in the field of epidemiology. Its Impact Factor increased from 4.5 in 2006, to 9.2 in 2014, and it is currently ranked 2nd in the list for all journals on Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. Around 130 original articles, together with editorials, commentaries, letters and commissioned content are published annually, in six issues. The Journal receives over 1,500 article submissions a year.

This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding scientist(s) to take this successful journal onto the next stage in its development. Applicants should be specialists in epidemiology or public health with an international reputation and editorial experience. Applicants can be based anywhere in the world. Joint applications are welcome. The successful candidate(s) can propose their preferred editorial structure. The successful candidate(s) are expected to start their editorial tenure, overlapping with the current IJE editors, and beginning in August 2016, and to take over completely on 1 January 2017.

The editorial office budget shall be set by agreement between the IEA Council and the Editor. The Editor(s) will work in close collaboration with OUP, which provides the editorial office with technical support for manuscript tracking, managing submitted articles, and preparing articles for publication. The appointment will be reviewed after three years.

Applications should include a covering letter of no more than two pages (500 words) with a summary of your qualifications and experience; a concise curriculum vitae of no more than four pages; a two page statement of your vision for the Journal; and confirmation that your institution would support your taking on this role.

Applications close on 14 February 2016 and they should be submitted to the IEA Secretary, Dr Vinod Srivastava (vinods51@hotmail.com). The Search Committee encourages nominations of potential candidates.

Further information about the role of the Editor(s)-in-Chief and statistics about the journal are available on request from the IEA Secretary. Potential candidates may also wish to consult the current Editors-in-Chief (ije-editorial@bristol.ac.uk), the Publisher (allen.stevens@oup.com).

Click here for Description of the role of the Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE)

4th Africa Regional Epidemiological Conference

Practice of Epidemiology: Era of Emerging & Rising Old Epidemics

14 – 15 April, 2016

President Hotel, Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe Malawi

Betty Monsour (1949-2015)

Betty Monsour, who acted as President of the 20th World Congress of Epidemiology held in August 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska, passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer. All of us who worked with her since 2008, when Alaska was chosen to host the WCE, are deeply appreciative of her energy, enthusiasm and good will in organizing a highly successful conference. Our thoughts are with Betty’s family and colleagues from the University of Alaska.
Her obituary can be found here

Special Session: Epidemiology across the Americas: Bringing Together Latin American, Caribbean, and North American Epidemiologists – a panel discussion

IEA blog – joint for N. American region & Latin American & Caribbean Region (11/16/15)
— Nancy Krieger (N. American Region)
— Rita Barata (Latin American & Caribbean Region)

We share here our brief reportback on a special session jointly organized by: (a) our two IEA regions (North American, and Latin American and the Caribbean), and (b) the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We are happy to say our session, which took place on Monday, November 2, 2015, stands as the first event ever jointly co-sponsored by the IEA and the APHA Epidemiology Section! The APHA Epidemiology Section notably has the most members of any of the North American epidemiology associations, and is also APHA’s second largest Section. The APHA annual meeting is one of the larger regular gatherings of public health professionals, with attendance typically between 12,000 and 15,000 participants.  Read more…..

Resignation of Editors-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology

It is with great regret that IEA Council has accepted the resignation of the IJE Editors-in-Chief, George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim, effective from 31 December 2016.

After a long and tremendously successful period under George and Shah’s leadership since 2000, the IJE was brought from the status of a relatively ordinary publication to the top journal in its area, becoming the most influential and attractive journal in the field of public health. This sustained trend was the result of a lot of dedicated work, a wise effort to grasp innovation and a unique inspirational vision that they were able to share with an Editorial Board comprising many of the most  influential and active epidemiologists worldwide. In times of fragmentation and rapid wastage of knowledge, each issue of IJE stands for itself, attractive and readable as a unique piece of science and culture, worth revisiting.

The IJE has been fundamental in helping IEA fulfill its mission of promoting epidemiology as a central research discipline, widening its influence to other science areas, to training and field activities. This happened because George and Shah were always able to build creative and original cross-talks with disparate disciplines, to find common approaches to novel venues and especially to push forward challenges that would make a difference, proposing to confront the most difficult test: the invention of futures.

We know that Shah and George will continue their personal journey in the epidemiological community, as outstanding scientists and teachers. And we want them to know that we consider their contribution to the IEA as needed and relevant as ever.

Update on EU Data Protection Regulation and Online Petition

“Trilogue” negotiations between the EU’s Council, Parliament, and Commission on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in process. Negotiations are based on the Commission’s proposal of January 2012, the Parliament’s resolution of March 2014, and the General Approach on the GDPR adopted by the Council on June 15th 2015.

The Commission’s proposal had included procedures to protect the rights of individuals. It included a requirement for the explicit consent of individuals for processing their personal data, but provided derogations for health and scientific research.

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HEC 2016 GMDS & DGEpi & IEA-EEF Annual Meeting, Medical Informatics Europe-MIE 2016

28 August – 2 September 2016 – Munich | Germany

HEC2016 will represent the annual meetings of the European Epidemiological Federation of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA-EEF), of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and the principal annual conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE2016) conference. Conference languages are English and German.HEC2016.Call.for.submissions (1)

4th Regional Conference of the African Epidemiological Association and Call for Abstracts Submission

 

Click on this link IEA 2016 Regional conference Malawi to download a PDF flyer

2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas

Logo_1Don’t miss this important information for the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas

Meeting registration and hotel accommodations are now live. You can access everything you need by clicking here

The abstract submission time is February 8, 2016 – March 7, 2016. View the call for abstracts here.

Award nominations are now open! The deadline to submit a nomination is January 11, 2016

Travel Scholarship

Update on EU Data Protection Regulation and Online Petition

“Trilogue” negotiations between the EU’s Council, Parliament, and Commission on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in process. Negotiations are based on the Commission’s proposal of January 2012, the Parliament’s resolution of March 2014, and the General Approach on the GDPR adopted by the Council on June 15th 2015.

The Commission’s proposal had included procedures to protect the rights of individuals. It included a requirement for the explicit consent of individuals for processing their personal data, but provided derogations for health and scientific research.

The parliamentary committee for civil liberties (LIBE) proposed amendments, now ratified by Parliament, to the Commission’s text concerning health and scientific research, in particular to articles 81 (suppressed in the Council’s General Approach) and 83. The amendments, which would limit the use of personal data without consent to cases of exceptionally high public interest only, are of grave concern to researchers and society. The prohibition of the use of available data – such as those collected in cohort studies, in population based registries, etc. – would hamper the development of our understanding of health determinants and efficacious treatments, and would conflict with our citizens’ fundamental “right to health”.

In the Council’s General Approach, the circumstances of derogations are widened and further processing of personal data is stated to be compatible with the initial specified purposes. However, it allows that member states may introduce more specific provisions for compliance with legal obligations, or for the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. It appears crucial that the final version of the regulation maintains the Commission’s text and rejects the LIBE amendments to articles 81 and 83 in order that all EU countries make data accessible in the same way, and guarantee a high level of research across borders.

The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) has joined the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and other research and public health associations, as well as patient organisations, in an on-line petition, which will be presented to the EU institutions (www.datasaveslives.eu/petition). The joint statement is available at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/stellent/groups/corporatesite/@policy_communications/documents/web_document/WTP055584.pdf.