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DA Henderson 1928-2016

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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 1927-2016

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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

 

IEA Fellowships to support participation in the EEPE 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology

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.

IEA-AEA Western Pacific Regional Collaboration Award Results

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 new Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology

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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.

IEA Regional Meeting in Africa

IEA Conf Malawi2The 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.

IEA Fellowship to support participation in the EEPE 29th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology

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 toeepe@eepe.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

 

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