The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) – Western Pacific (W-P) Region and the Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA), invite applications for the 2016—2017 IEA—AEA Exchange Award.
The purpose of this Award 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 Monday 31 October 2016.
Tony LaMontagne (IEA Western Pacific Regional Counsellor, and AEA ex officio Council member)
Deakin University, Melbourne AUSTRALIARead the rest of this article
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.Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
The 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 ...Read the rest of this article
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 firstname.lastname@example.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” ...Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
Practice of Epidemiology: Era of Emerging & Rising Old Epidemics
14 – 15 April, 2016
President Hotel, Bingu International Conference Centre, Lilongwe MalawiRead the rest of this article
Special Session: Epidemiology across the Americas: Bringing Together Latin American, Caribbean, and North American Epidemiologists – a panel discussionDecember 18, 2015
IEA blog – joint for N. American region & Latin American & Caribbean Region (11/16/15)
— Nancy Krieger (N. American Region)
— Rita Barata (Latin American & Caribbean Region)
We share here our brief reportback on a special session jointly organized by: (a) our two IEA regions (North American, and Latin American and the Caribbean), and (b) the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). We are happy to say our session, which took place on Monday, November 2, 2015, stands as the first event ever jointly co-sponsored by the IEA and the APHA Epidemiology Section! The APHA Epidemiology Section notably has the most members of any of the North American epidemiology associations, and is also APHA’s second largest Section. The APHA annual meeting is one of the larger regular gatherings of public health professionals, with attendance typically between 12,000 and 15,000 participants. Read more…..Read the rest of this article
28 August – 2 September 2016 – Munich | Germany
HEC2016 will represent the annual meetings of the European Epidemiological Federation of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA-EEF), of the German Society for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology (GMDS), of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi) and the principal annual conference of the European Federation for Medical Informatics (EFMI), the Medical Informatics Europe (MIE2016) conference. Conference languages are English and German.Read the rest of this article
4th Regional Conference of the African Epidemiological Association and Call for Abstracts SubmissionDecember 14, 2015
Click on this link IEA 2016 Regional conference Malawi for registration and other informationRead the rest of this article
Don’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, 2016Read the rest of this article
“Trilogue” negotiations between the EU’s Council, Parliament, and Commission on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are in process. Negotiations are based on the Commission’s proposal of January 2012, the Parliament’s resolution of March 2014, and the General Approach on the GDPR adopted by the Council on June 15th 2015.
The Commission’s proposal had included procedures to protect the rights of individuals. It included a requirement for the explicit consent of individuals for processing their personal data, but provided derogations for health and scientific research.
The parliamentary committee for civil liberties (LIBE) proposed amendments, now ratified by Parliament, to the Commission’s text concerning health and scientific research, in particular to articles 81 (suppressed in the Council’s General Approach) and 83. The amendments, which would limit the use of personal data without consent to cases of exceptionally high public interest only, are of grave concern to researchers and society. The prohibition of the ...Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
The 2015 APHA Annual Meeting will be held in Chicago, October 31 to November 4. The IEA/APHA joint session “Epidemiology across the Americas” will discuss how to connect the Americans epidemiologist. Nancy Krieger and Howell Sasser from USA are the moderators of this session and the speakers are: Rita Barradas Barata and Cesar Victora from Brazil; Affette McCaw-Binns from Jamaica, Marcio Alazraqui from Argentina; Helia Molina Milman from Chile; Jorge Bacallo from Cuba and Marion Piñeros Petersen from Colombia. Finally, Mauricio Barreto will talk about the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of Americas co-organized by IEA, APHA, ACE and SPER.
You can’t miss this meeting! It will be a big opportunity to know new fellows and to establish partnership in epidemiological research.
Check out the IEA Calendar for more details.Read the rest of this article
Current Practice of Epidemiology in Africa: Highlights of the 3rd Conference of the African Epidemiological Association and 1st Conference of the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2014.August 13, 2015
In order to update African health workers on current epidemiological practices and to draw awareness of early career epidemiologists on concepts and opportunities in the field, the 3rd African Epidemiology Association and the 1st Cameroon Society of Epidemiology Conference was organized in June 2nd-6th, 2014 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The theme was «Practice of Epidemiology in Africa: Stakes, Challenges and Perspectives». The conference attracted close to five hundred participants from all continents.Read the rest of this article
Calling student and early career researchers: International Journal of Epidemiology photo essay competitionAugust 10, 2015
The International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE), which is the official journal of the International Epidemiological Association, is holding a competition for the best photo essay on the theme of ‘Health and Well-being’ to encourage researchers to use this medium to present a different side of their work.
The competition is open to student and early career researchers from all disciplines. Participants are encouraged to interpret the theme broadly to include the wider political, social and environmental determinants of health.
The best photo essays will be published in the Journal, and the prize for the winner will be £100 in book tokens.
Submission deadline: 30 September 2015
Need a little inspiration?
or look at ...Read the rest of this article
New Edition of “Field Trials of Health Interventions: a Toolbox,” published and made available in open accessJuly 26, 2015
Field trials of interventions against disease in low and middle income countries (LMICs) may be complex and expensive undertakings. Extensive preparation and planning is necessary for the conduct of a high quality trial, the results of which may be important in guiding public health practice. Journals rarely have space to allow publication of more than a brief summary of the preparations necessary for the trial and of the procedures devised for the successful execution of the trial and the analysis of the results. A consequence of this is that those planning field trials have few practical guidelines available to them, and investigators have to design a study, often with little access to the knowledge and experience that has been accumulated previously. Personal experience is a good teacher, but, all too often, investigators have learned by repeating the mistakes of previous ...Read the rest of this article
The Australasian Epidemiological Association (AEA) is pleased to announce that it will host the 2020 WCE in Melbourne Australia. The AEA thanks the IEA membership for voting in our bid.Read the rest of this article
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 ...Read the rest of this article
The meeting will be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from August 30th to September 3rd, 2015. ISEE2015 will bring together researchers, academics, managers, and health professionals in order to promote the exchange of experiences and reflection on the scientific production in the field. The meeting aims to promote communication between the scientific community, government representatives, and members of civil society, to facilitate the establishment of collaborative networks and building partnerships, strengthening the area of environmental epidemiology in the region, and to promote the development of scientific and methodological capacities to face environmental health problems.
IEA organized one of the symposium in the meeting according to the theme “Adressing Environmental Health Inequalities”. The main theme of our symposium is “Urban Health: environment and inequity” and the invited speakers are: Juan Merlo from the Lunds Universitet, Sweden; Fernando Proietti from the René Rachou Research Center/FIOCRUZ, Brazil and Ana Diez Roux from the Drexel ...Read the rest of this article
The eleventh edition of the Brazilian Collective Health Congress will be held between July 28th and August 1st in Goiânia, Brazil. During five days, professionals and researchers in Collective Health field will be discussing “Health, Development and Democracy: challenge to a universal Unified Health System”. IEA will promote a joint session about “Sharing data in epidemiological research” with the participation of our former president Cesar Victora, our future president Henrique Barros and the Dictionary of Epidemiology’s editor, Miquel Porta.
Come to Brazil, think in Public Health in a new way and enjoy some beautiful places in West Central Region!
Check out the IEA calendar for more details.Read the rest of this article
The United Nations is developing a list of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are intended to guide efforts to reduce poverty and improve health and well-being in all countries by 2030 while protecting the planet. One of the 17 goals – goal number 3 – relates to health: “ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages” (1). The SDGs will replace the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which end in 2015.
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) and the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA) sponsored joint sessions on the SDGs, both at the IEA World Congress of Epidemiology in Anchorage, USA, in August 2014 and at the WFPHA World Congress of Public Health in Kolkata, India, in February 2015. Both sessions focused on the need for measurable, reliable health indicators for the single health-related SDG.
The current draft of SDG3 (for health) includes 13 sub-goals and many health ...Read the rest of this article
The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is at a critical stage, requiring continued additional support at the national and subnational levels in the affected countries. The Ministries of Health in these countries have been responding to the outbreak in collaboration with WHO, and with the technical support of GOARN partners since March 2014. As of 23 February 2015, GOARN Operational Support Team has deployed over 530 experts from partner institutions. In light f the complex challenges of Phase 2 “Getting to Zero” in this outbreak, GOARN is issuing this further RFA to support the increased efforts that will be required for coordination, surveillance, and effective contact tracing.
Those interested in contributing to this effort should download the GOARN information sheet and call for experts.Read the rest of this article
The IEA supports this plea for international support to help fighting this terrible disease. We believe epidemiologist have an important role to play in helping the teams working in Africa and in informing the public.
The Lancet: Leading health experts urge European governments to “mobilise all possible resources” to fight Ebola epidemic
Leading health experts today urge EU Member States to “mobilise all possible resources” to assist West Africans in controlling the Ebola epidemic, in an open letter published in The Lancet.
The letter is signed by 44 prominent academics, clinicians, and health professionals from 15 European countries . They call for European countries to take specific measures, including allowing health professionals to volunteer for temporary leave to assist with the crisis, and ...Read the rest of this article
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected death of Tony McMichael. Only a few weeks ago he presented the opening Cruickshank Lecture at the IEA World Congress in Alaska on “Climate Change, the Anthropocene, and Human Health: Implications for 21st Century Epidemiology”. Tony was a worldwide authority on the possible health consequences of climate change. Further information about his life and work can be found here.Read the rest of this article
As the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals approaches, there has been a lively debate about the next generation of global goals and targets: the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. The 17 SDGs include a single goal for health (“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”), with 13 subgoals and targets addressing maternal and child health, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, accidents and injuries and several other conditions. However, the overarching goal of ensuring healthy lives has not been expressed so far as a measureable target.
The IEA joined the discussion on the SDGs in May 2013, by posting an official position paper on the World We Want website, followed by a letter to The Lancet. We argued that it was essential to have a single quantifiable target to monitor progress, and we suggested that if should be based on ...Read the rest of this article
Title : Ebola Outbreak Response 2014, West Africa
Type: GOARN Request for Assistance
Date: 29 September 2014
Region: WHO AFRO
As part of the ongoing Ebola outbreak response in West Africa, please see attached a WHO vacancy notice, in English and French fora National Health and Safety (H&S) Coordinator for up to 6 months starting asap.
This position is based in the WHO Guinea Country office, but involves extensive travel to the health care facilities in the field.
We request all focal points to kindly share this notice with your French counterparts/networks, to identify suitable Francophone experts and communicate available candidates to email@example.com at the earliest.
Dans le cadre de la réponse en cours à l’épidémie d’Ebola en Afrique de l’Ouest, veuillez trouver ci-joint une offre d’emploi en anglais et en français pour un coordinateur de la santé nationale et de la sécurité (H & S) pour un ...Read the rest of this article
Epidemiologists from around the world thank Cesar Victora for his work over the last three years, as President of the IEA, promoting epidemiology and its use to solve major public health problems. He has expanded IEA membership, increased our global visibility, supported the preparation of new IEA-sponsored publications and set up new initiatives to promote epidemiological research in Africa. As well he has worked behind the scenes streamlining administrative matters within the association.
Through his work, the IEA has been closely involved in the Countdown to 2015 Initiative, aimed at monitoring progress toward the 2015 United Nations Millenium Development Goals, and has argued eloquently for using measureable outcomes for the new post-2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Over the last three years Cesar has been a visible and much respected ambassador for epidemiology and for the IEA. We are pleased that he will continue ...Read the rest of this article
New reports from the outgoing IEA President (Cesar Victora) and the new IEA President (Valerie Beral)September 6, 2014 Read the rest of this article
The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) met at its 20th World Congress in Alaska, on August 18-21. The IEA Council strongly endorses the joint statement of the World Federation of Public Health Associations and African Federation Public Health Association on the severity and urgency of the Ebola Epidemic in several West African Countries.Read the rest of this article