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Early Career Epidemiologists

Based on a virtual meeting of five students from around the world on 20th April 2010, and followed by the first face to face meeting during the XIX International Epidemiological Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE) in Edinburgh (Scotland), in August 2011, the Executive Council of the IEA has affirmed its support of an international “Early Career Epidemiologist (ECE)” group within the IEA structure.

Currently, this Group is comprised of Early Career Epidemiologists from all over the world, namely Abimbola Aman-Oloniyo, an Epidemiologist at the Ministry of Health, Nigeria, representing the Africa Region; Sahar Abdel-Maqsoud, a Public Health Consultant in Epidemiology at Alexandria University, Alexandria University Students’ Clinic and Hospital, Eygpt,  representing the Eastern Mediterranean Region; Naomi Brewer, a Senior Analyst, Cancer Control New Zealand Sector Capability & Implementation. Ministry of Health, representing the Western Pacific Region; Sabrina Hermosilla, from Division of Epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons (NYC, NY) USA, representing the North America Region; Pradeep Aggarwal, of the Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, India, representing the South East Asia Region; María Clara Restrepo-Méndez, postdoctoral research fellow, International Center for Epidemiology in Health, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil, representing the Latin America & Caribbean Region; and Ester Villalonga-Olives, Research Scientist at the Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology, Georg-August-Universität, Germany, representing the European Region.

This Group aims to follow the objectives of the IEA by: a) facilitating communication among Early Career Epidemiologists engaged in the development of scientific knowledge in epidemiology throughout the world; b) promoting development and appropriate use of epidemiological methods in all fields of health among Early Career Epidemiologists by promoting scientific meetings and workshops, by publication of reports and by other activities consistent with these objectives; c) setting up a network in order to enhance scientific collaboration and the promulgation of opportunities for mutual benefits including funding, scholarships, exchanges, jobs, courses or events across the world; d) promoting communication and collaboration with other public health specialties (e.g. biostatisticians, nutritionists, environmental health professionals, and mental health professionals); and e) working towards these objectives without regard to race, religion, sex, political affiliation, or country of origin.

After the successful IEA ECEs session at the XIX IEA WCE, in which more than 80 emerging Epidemiologists from around the world participated, the Group is in the process of undertaking many activities in line with its strategic plans such as developing a mentoring scheme, a Facebook page to allow members to keep in touch with each other on a regular basis, a section in the IEA Newsletter for ECE, a pre-congress course and academic or social session for ECE at the next IEA World Congress, and facilities to attend conferences, among others. Some of these activities were suggested by Early Career Epidemiologists who participated in the ECE session in Edinburgh.

The Group believes that the IEA ECE Group is an extraordinary opportunity for establishing a global dialogue among early career professionals engaged in the field of Epidemiology. Hence, this editorial invites all ECE members  – either undergraduate, master’s or doctoral level students, and researchers with < 10 years post-doctoral/epidemiological experience – of the IEA to take part in this group by sending an email to info@ieaweb.org. By joining this Group, in addition to the standard IEA membership benefits, members will be included in the network of IEA ECE with specific activities addressed to enhance global scientific collaboration among emerging epidemiologists.

Prepared by (in alphabetical order): Abimbola Aman-Oloniyo, Africa region; Sahar Abdel-Maqsoud, Eastern Mediterranean region; Naomi Brewer, Western Pacific region; Steve Francis, North America region; Shusmita Hossain Khan, South East Asia region; María Clara Restrepo-Méndez, Latin America & Caribbean region; Ester Villalonga-Olives, Europe region.

ECE News

  • 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.


  • IEA-SEA Workshop and Training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”, 10th – 15th April, 2017

    Workshop and training on “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases” organised by SEA chapter of the International Epidemiological Association which will be held from 10-15th April 2017 at Pokhara Grande Hotel, Pokhara, Nepal.pokhara grande

    The theme of the conference is “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”. The Workshop and Training will consist of presentations and hands on exercises on variety of issues.

    This Workshop and Training will offer a wonderful opportunity to discuss important issues, sharing information and exchange ideas in the field of “Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases”.

    The Workshop and Training will cover important topics like epidemiology, burden and impact, determinants, role of health promotion, evidence based public health interventions, multi-sectoral actions, cancer registration and cancer control, surveillance, research priorities, monitoring, evaluation and measuring cost effectiveness of interventions in the field of Epidemiology of Non-Communicable Diseases. It will also cover National Non-Communicable Diseases Programms, roadmap and challenges for integration within different NCDs and addressing co-morbidity with communicable diseases.

    Epidemiological skills are essential for every scientist in medical and affiliated fields. Modern epidemiology is not only concerned with the study of distribution and determinants of disease frequency in man but also helps in identifying risk factors of chronic diseases, evaluating treatment modalities and health services, it has given newer off-shoots eg. clinical epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, neuro-epidemiology, genetic epidemiology. So, all the specialties of medicine are welcome to participate in this Workshop and Training. Your active participation and contribution in various scientific sessions will make this event a real success.

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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 ... Read more...

  • 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

  • IEA-AEA Western Pacific Regional Collaboration Award

    A new initiative for the IEA Western Pacific region has recently developed between the IEA and the Australasian Epidemiology Association (AEA).

    We are co-funding a new Regional Collaboration Award to support collaboration and exchange between IEA and AEA members.  We are planning to fund two one-off Awards of AU$2000 ($1000 contributed by each Association) to stimulate new collaborations or exchanges between AEA and IEA members, or to enhance existing relationships. The purpose is to share capacity and build collaborations between Australia/NZ and other countries in the region. Applications can be initiated by IEA or AEA members (including new members), and must involve a member from each Association, with one member based in a country outside of Australia or New Zealand (AEA’s main membership base).  The limited funds available are mainly intended to support or offset travel expenses, but any justified research-related expenses will be considered.  Please see the attached application details.  Two awards will be made this year.

    The closing date for applications is Friday 30 October 2015.

    Download the application form

    Best wishes,

    Tony LaMontagne (IEA Western Pacific Regional Counsellor, and AEA ex officio Council member)

    Deakin University, Melbourne AUSTRALIA

  • IEA Fellowships to support participation in the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology

    At the beginning of February 2015 IEA announced a call for application for partial support towards the course fees of the EEPE 28th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology for up to two members from low or middle-income countries and by the closing date, on April 30 2015, IEA received 25 applications from the following countries: Brazil (3), Camerun (3), Guinea-Bissau (1), India (10), Nigeria (3), Senegal (1), Sri-lanka (1), Sudan (1), Uganda (1), and Zambia (1).
    The quality of the applications was impressive. The IEA Executive Committee appointed an Evaluation Committee that assessed the applications on the basis of pre-defined criteria.

    Manya Prasad (India) and Maria Carolina Borges (Brazil) have been awarded the fellowship, which will cover the course fees for the two students (up to $6,000, which is a reduced price from EEPE).

    Congratulations to the two awarded students! IEA thanks all the applicants and wish them all the best in their professional development.

  • The IEA ECE Best Abstract Competition

    The IEA ECE Committee is delighted to announce the best ECE abstract competition for the 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE). The deadline for entry into the competition has been extended to 31 January 2014, in line with the extended date for abstract submission.

  • The ECE Pilots a Mentoring Program

    The applications to be part of the mentoring program have now closed. We encourage you to submit your application in any future rounds. Thank you for all the applications in this first round!

    Dear IEA members

    It is our pleasure to announce a mentoring scheme that has been prepared over the last few months by the Early Career Epidemiologist (ECE) Committee. As you probably already know, the ECE group was presented at the last World Congress of Epidemiology held in Edinburgh in 2011 and was very well received. One of the suggestions made by the Committee at that meeting, that was clearly supported by the attendees and the IEA Executive Council, was the creation of a mentoring scheme.

    After some time, we have prepared the protocols of the mentoring scheme, and we would like to prepare a pilot test of the exchange. Hence, we need support from the IEA members. We need mentors and mentees to test the functioning of the scheme to finally decide how the exchange is going to work in the future.

    We therefore kindly invite you to volunteer to be a mentor or a mentee in this new IEA experience. We are sure that it is going to be a good opportunity for mentees, but also for mentors to exchange knowledge and share opportunities.

    We would like to point out that to be accepted as a mentee, you have to be a member of the IEA ECE group. Hence, we kindly invite you to email us if you ... Read more...

  • European Early Career Epidemiologists (EYE)

    The idea of organising the European Young Epidemiologists network within the IEA European Epidemiology Federation was presented on the occasion of the European Congress of Epidemiology held in Porto in September 2004 and was received with enthusiasm by young people from several countries. The realisation of this initiative was immediately supported by the IEA-EEF board. Since then, the president of the EYE has been a member of the European Federation board.

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