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  • Dr. Mervyn Susser: Obituary

    August 17, 2014

    Mervyn Susser

    Dear Colleagues and friends

    It is with great sadness that I inform you that Dr Mervyn Susser, our dear friend and colleague, passed away last night. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Zena Stein, their children and their families. Below is a short biography:

    Dr Mervyn Susser and his wife, Dr Zena Stein were influenced as young South African medical students in the late 1940s by the work done by Sidney and Emily Kark in establishing a network of primary health centers in rural areas of Natal Province based on principles of comprehensive community care and preventive medicine. Following the Karks’ example, Zena and Mervyn made rigorous science and social justice the hallmarks of their work and their lives. Dr Susser, began his career in community and primary health care in Alexandra, South Africa. He later qualified as a member of ...

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  • New documents on IEA institutional ethics

    August 7, 2014

    The IEA council has released two important documents on institutional ethics.

    1. Guidelines for acceptance of gifts and donations for our association and for events that we sponsor, such as conferences or publications.
    2. A declaration of conflict of interests, in which incoming council members are requested to disclose any commercial or other relevant interests that may affect their impartiality.
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  • International Journal of Epidemiology tops the impact factor ratings

    August 7, 2014

    Impact factor 2001-2013The official journal of the IEA, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE) has been placed at the top of its field in the ISI Web of Science Journal Citation Reports, published by Thomson Reuters. The 2013 impact factor ratings place the IJE first out of a field of 160 journals. Since taking up the editorship of the IJE at the turn of the millennium, George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim have slowly but surely driven the journal up the impact factor rankings. However, this year it made a major leap to outstrip its main American rivals: Environmental Health Perspectives and Epidemiologic Reviews (both frequently ranked first), Epidemiology, and the American Journal of Epidemiology. Paul Kidd of Oxford University Press, which publishes the IJE, commented: ‘An increase of this magnitude in one year is unprecedented. This is the first ...

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  • Just published: The IEA Dictionary of Epidemiology, 6th edition

    July 8, 2014

    UPDATE: The new edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology has just been published by Oxford University Press (OUP):

    Please visit any of the following sites or your usual bookstore.


    Oxford University Press has announced that the new, 6th. edition of the IEA Dictionary of Epidemiology will be published next June.

    Like the past, 5th. edition, the book has been edited for the International Epidemiological Association by Miquel Porta, who was selected by the IEA Council to succeed the editor of the first four editions, John M. Last (now Emeritus Professor at the University of Ottawa). This time there are four Associate Editors: John Last himself, Sander Greenland (UCLA), Miguel A. Hernán (Harvard), and Isabel dos Santos Silva (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). The Assistant Editor has been Andrea Burón, presently at the University of Oxford. As always, there are numerous ...

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  • Results of the Council Elections 2014-2017

    April 16, 2014

    For the last few weeks we have been holding the triennial IEA elections. We had votes from 728 members (a little less than half of the current membership).

    Our congratulations to Valerie Beral who has been elected President, Enrique Barros who has been elected unopposed as President-elect, Vinod Srivastava who has been elected unopposed as Secretary, and Lorenzo Richiardi who has been elected as Treasurer, as well as to the successful regional candidates.

    We would also like to thank all of the candidates for putting themselves forward to work for the IEA and to promote epidemiology globally.

    The full list of elected candidates is as follows:

    • President – Valerie Beral
    • President-elect – Enrique Barros
    • Secretary – Vinod Srivastava
    • Treasurer – Lorenzo Richiardi
    • Africa – Newton Kumwenda
    • Eastern Mediterranean – Salim Adib
    • Europe – Elisabete Weiderpass
    • Latin American & Caribbean – Rita Barradas
    • North America – Nancy Krieger
    • South East Asia – Umesh Kapil
    • Western Pacific – Anthony LaMontagna

    Finally, a special thanks to our nominations ...

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  • P-values – in Nature (Regina Nuzzo. Scientific method: statistical errors. Nature, 12 February 2014; 506: 150-52)

    March 28, 2014

    EpiBlogMost epidemiologists are aware of some of the problems with P-values; they combine both effect size and sample size, they are not easy to interpret, in most studies they really have no meaning and in many cases they are simply grossly misleading causing mistakes that can be serious. Misinterpretation of P values has probably led to some of the most frequent and serious iatrogenic mistakes. Thousands, probably millions, have suffered from misinterpretations of the P-value. How does this arise? ‘Overlooking valuable treatment or risky exposures because the results were not statistically significant is not the fault of the p-value itself, but is a common problem that arises out of the use of p-values without adequate thought and scrutiny by scientific authors, peer reviewers and editors’, as stated our BLOG from December 2009. The main problem is taking ...

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