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27th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology, Florence

The 27th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology in Florence, Italy is organized by the European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE) under the patronage of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) and run in collaboration with several European Universities.

The 2014 edition of the three-week course (9 ECTS), which will run from 23 June – 11 July […]

Short Course: Issues in Global Non-Communicable Diseases: from research to policy

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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability globally. No longer viewed as diseases of affluence, NCDs are of critical importance to all countries and are firmly on the global political agenda. Successfully addressing the complex causes of these diseases and reducing the global burden will involve interdisciplinary approaches and a systems viewpoint. Researchers and policy makers from around the world working in this field thus require a critical understanding of the commonalities and differences in perspectives across sectors, which will enable them to work effectively within a ‘global’ ecological perspective on NCDs. […]

Pat Buffler, 1938-2013

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It is with profound sadness that we inform IEA members and the epidemiology community of the passing of one of the giants of our profession, Patricia Buffler. Her untimely death on Thursday, September 26, at the age of 75, stopped her career at a point when she was as active as ever. Pat was […]

Obituary: Professor David JP Barker CBE FRS

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Born: 29th June 1938, Died: 27th August 2013

David JP Barker was a physician, a biologist and one of the most influential epidemiologists of our time. His ‘fetal programming hypothesis’ (‘Barker Hypothesis’) transformed our thinking about the causes of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer. He challenged the idea that they are explained by bad genes […]

Observational research and informed consent

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Lessons learned from the legal protection of data In Europe

In June 2013 the European parliament will start the postponed voting on the New Regulation on Data Protection. More than 4000 amendments have been proposed and the Regulation is one of the most lobbied texts in the EU history. Not because of the problems it […]

John Snow Bicentenary Meetings, March-April 2013

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The 200th anniversary of John Snow’s birth on 15th March 2013 provides an occasion to celebrate Snow’s achievements, to consider their original context, to discuss their place in contemporary epidemiology, and consider their likely future not only as the armamentarium of public health but as a framework of method for science and society. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and The Wellcome Trust, in collaboration with the International Epidemiological Association and the John Snow Society are hosting two meetings as part of a series of events to commemorate the bicentenary. […]

EuropEpi Submission Deadline: 29 March, 2013

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The congress is organized by the Danish Epidemiological Society (DES) under the auspices of the IEA-EEF. The NordicEpi 2013 (Nordic Meeting in Epidemiology and Register-based Health Research) will take place just after the EuroEPI 2013 at the same venue, and is open to all interested.

March 29 is the date for submitting a paper/poster, and […]

New Developments: Data Protection in the EU

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The new developments in the saga on data protection in the EU have rightly generated lots of concern. Many years of investments in infrastructure to help improving our knowledge on how to improve treatment and prevention for diseases and ill health may all be wasted. Here is the latest report on the topic from […]

Proposal of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA) on the proposed General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) of the European Parliament and of the Council of the European Union

Observations of the IEA in reference totext of the GDRP as proposed by the European Commission (document COM(2012) 11 final – C7-0025/12 of 25.1.2012) and to the Draft Report by the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament dated 16.1.2013 […]

New legislation on data protection in the EU / a follow up

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Evert Ben van Veen has written a summary of the LIBE views and makes comparisons to the proposed data protection regulation. The LIBE proposal will set back epidemiologic research in many European countries if used in the new law. It will threaten free and critical research and the principles of democracy and open societies. […]