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IEA Announces New Pricing for Students/Early Career Epidemiologists

IEA is pleased to announce new pricing for Student/Early Career Epidemiologist members of the association. Effective immediately, the new dues pricing structure for three-year terms is as follows:

  • Low-Income countries as defined by WHO: USD $5 (see list)
  • Joint memberships though qualified associations: USD $10
  • Direct: USD $20

The changes follow discussions during the recent Executive Committee meeting in Porto, Portugal, and are intended to increase the affordability of IEA to students and Early Career Epidemiologists.  Students are those persons currently enrolled in epidemiological training programs at the graduate or post-graduate level. IEA may require verification of student status.


Memorial celebration planned for Walter Holland

A memorial celebration of the life and work of Walter Holland has been planned on Monday, 1 October at 2 p.m. at 11 St. Andrews Place, London. Those wishing to attend should send their RSVP to Fiona Holland.

Holland, the 1987-1990 president of IEA, had a very wide contribution to the field of epidemiology and public health. His groundbreaking paper on validation of medical screening procedures, published jointly with fellow epidemiologist Archie Cochrane in 1971, became a classic in the field. You can read more about Walter Holland, in his own words, here.

IEA-Eastern Mediterranean Region XII Regional Conference Announced

Mark you calendar for February 21-23, 2019 for travel to Beirut, Lebanon for the IEA- Eastern Mediterranean Region’s XII Regional Conference, in partnership with the Lebanese Epidemiological Association. The theme of the meeting is “Contribution of Epidemiology to Communities’ Well-Being” and will consider classical and emerging contributions of epidemiology to the health and well-being of populations in the region. Sub-themes include:

  • Monitoring and surveillance
  • Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Screening and early detection
  • Health emergencies, crises and disasters
  • Field investigations
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Health policies and practices
  • Universal health coverage
  • Generating and accessing health data
  • Implementation research

Practical information regarding abstract submission, registration and the stay in Beirut (at the Bristol Hotel) will be forthcoming.


GOARN Global Meeting of Partners – 2017



The Global Meeting of GOARN member institutions and networks was held at Centre International de Conférences Genève, Geneva Switzerland  on 5-7 December 2017 to discuss global priorities and challenges in epidemic alert and response, the strategic direction of GOARN, endorse important areas of work for operations and development, and contribute to concrete work plans and activities in the coming years. The meeting targeted decision makers and operation leads of partner agencies, and key stakeholders who can provide critical inputs and agree on participation in collaborative opportunities on behalf of their institution.

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network – also referred to as GOARN – is a global technical partnership, established in 2000 by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a key mechanism to engage the resources of technical agencies beyond the United Nations for rapid identification, confirmation and response to major international public health emergencies.

GOARN currently comprises over 400 technical institutions and networks (and their members) across the globe.  These Partners include medical and surveillance initiatives, regional technical networks, networks of laboratories, United Nations organisations (e.g. UNICEF, UNHCR), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (ICRC, IFRC), international humanitarian non-governmental organisations (e.g. Médecins Sans Frontières, International Rescue Committee, Epicentre), and national public health organisations. All have the ability to pool their resources rapidly to assist affected countries requiring support.

Dr. Henrique Barros, President, IEA and Dr. Vinod Srivastava, WHO Liaison, participated in this meeting on behalf of IEA.


IEA Business Meeting, August 20, 2017, Saitama, Japan

full council 14-20 pstThe meeting of the World Congress of Epidemiology was held in Saitama, Japan, which started on August 19th, and there was a Business Meeting on August 20th, 18:00-20:00, JST.  Click on the links below for an agenda, and a draft minutes from the previous Business Meeting, held in 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska.  The Meeting was open to all IEA Members.

2017 Business Meeting Agenda

Minutes (draft) from 2014 Business Meeting

President’s Report 2014-2017

Incoming President’s Plan

Treasurer’s Summary Report 2014-2017

IEA-AEA Western Pacific Regional Collaboration Award Results 2017


Richard Doll Prize 2017

George Davey Smith

Congratulations to Professor George Davey Smith from the University of Bristol in the UK, who has been awarded the IEA’s Richard Doll Prize for 2017.

George was co-editor-in-chief of the International Epidemiology Journal from 2000 to 2016. With over 1200 peer-reviewed publications, George led important developments in life-course epidemiology, Mendelian randomisation and methodology, as well as contributing to many large-scale international collaborations. The Prize will be awarded at the IEA’s World Congress on Epidemiology in Saitama, Japan on 19-22 August, 2017.


IEA World Congress of Epidemiology 19-22 August 2017, Saitama, Japan

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

WCE 2017


Results of elections for IEA Council, 2017-2020

Earlier this year two electronic elections were held so that IEA members could select representatives for the IEA Council for the triennium 2017-2020 (to start in August 2017).

The first election was held on March 1-21 and a total of 598 members voted. The second election, just to select the President-Elect, was held on May 1-14 and a total of 714 members voted.

Congratulations are to Chandra Mani Pandey, elected as President-Elect, Sandra Sulsky, elected as Secretary, and Yosikazu Nakamura, elected Treasurer, and to the successful Regional Representatives.

The IEA also thanks all the candidates who put themselves forward to work for IEA.

The full list of elected candidates is as follows:

  • President-Elect – Chandra Mani Pandey
  • Secretary – Sandra Sulsky
  • Treasurer – Yosikazu Nakamura
  • Africa Region Representative – Akindele Adebiyi
  • Eastern Mediterranean Region Representative – Salim Adib
  • European Region Representative – Patricia Kearney
  • Latin American & Caribbean Region Representative – Karina Braga Ribeiro
  • North America Region Representative – Eduardo Franco
  • South East Asia Regional Representative – Umesh Kapil
  • Western Pacific Region Representative – Manami Inoue

Thanks also to members of the Nominating Committee, including Mauricio Barreto, Lianne Parkin and David Wegman.

With best wishes,

Valerie Beral
IEA President

South East Asia Regional meeting on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases

Nepal Course Picture

The South East Asian Region of IEA held a workshop and training meeting on 10-15 April 2017 at Pokhara, Nepal, on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases. The workshop and training meeting was attended by 86 scientists from Nepal, India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The Workshop focused on evidence based strategies for prevention and control mainly for cardiovascular diseases, but also for chronic kidney diseases, stroke, diabetes, cancer and mental health in South East Asian countries and globally.

The workshop was inaugurated by Dame Valerie Beral from the University of Oxford, and IEA. The keynote address was given by Dr. Jos Vandelaer, World Health Organization Representative to Nepal.  Both emphasized the key role of epidemiology in addressing non-communicable diseases in South East Asia.

Eminent faculty members provided training by presentations and taking practical epidemiological   exercises.  The presentations covered the concepts of risk, risk factors and risk assessment; study designs; the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disorders, cancer, diabetes and metabolic diseases; tobacco, alcohol, diet, physical activity and obesity and disease surveillance, including cancer registration.