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Resignation of Editors-in-Chief of the International Journal of Epidemiology

It is with great regret that IEA Council has accepted the resignation of the IJE Editors-in-Chief, George Davey Smith and Shah Ebrahim, effective from 31 December 2016.

After a long and tremendously successful period under George and Shah’s leadership since 2000, the IJE was brought from the status of a relatively ordinary publication to the top journal in its area, becoming the most influential and attractive journal in the field of public health. This sustained trend was the result of a lot of dedicated work, a wise effort to grasp innovation and a unique inspirational vision that they were able to share with an Editorial Board comprising many of the most  influential and active epidemiologists worldwide. In times of fragmentation and rapid wastage of knowledge, each issue of IJE stands for itself, attractive and readable as a unique piece of science and culture, worth revisiting.

The IJE has been fundamental in helping IEA fulfill its mission of promoting epidemiology as a central research discipline, widening its influence to other science areas, to training and field activities. This happened because George and Shah were always able to build creative and original cross-talks with disparate disciplines, to find common approaches to novel venues and especially to push forward challenges that would make a difference, proposing to confront the most difficult test: the invention of futures.

We know that Shah and George will continue their personal journey in the epidemiological community, as outstanding scientists and teachers. And we want them to know that we consider their contribution to the IEA as needed and relevant as ever.

Update on EU Data Protection Regulation and Online Petition

“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.

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HEC 2016 GMDS & DGEpi & IEA-EEF Annual Meeting, Medical Informatics Europe-MIE 2016

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.HEC2016.Call.for.submissions (1)

4th Regional Conference of the African Epidemiological Association and Call for Abstracts Submission


Click on this link IEA 2016 Regional conference Malawi for registration and other information

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

Update on EU Data Protection Regulation and Online Petition

“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 use of available data – such as those collected in cohort studies, in population based registries, etc. – would hamper the development of our understanding of health determinants and efficacious treatments, and would conflict with our citizens’ fundamental “right to health”.

In the Council’s General Approach, the circumstances of derogations are widened and further processing of personal data is stated to be compatible with the initial specified purposes. However, it allows that member states may introduce more specific provisions for compliance with legal obligations, or for the performance of tasks carried out in the public interest. It appears crucial that the final version of the regulation maintains the Commission’s text and rejects the LIBE amendments to articles 81 and 83 in order that all EU countries make data accessible in the same way, and guarantee a high level of research across borders.

The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) has joined the European Public Health Association (EUPHA) and other research and public health associations, as well as patient organisations, in an on-line petition, which will be presented to the EU institutions (www.datasaveslives.eu/petition). The joint statement is available at http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/stellent/groups/corporatesite/@policy_communications/documents/web_document/WTP055584.pdf.







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

APHA 2015 Annual Meeting

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.

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.

As the study of disease occurrence and health indicators in human populations, Epidemiology is a dynamic field that evolves with time and geographical context. 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. The two main programs were the pre-conference course for capacity building of African Early Career epidemiologists, and the conference itself, providing a forum for scientific exchanges on recent epidemiological concepts, encouraging the use of epidemiological methods in studying large disease burden and neglected tropical diseases; and highlighting existing opportunities.

The African region of the World Health Organization (WHO/Afro) supports fora aimed at reducing gaps in epidemiological production. Under the auspices of the international Epidemiological Association (IEA), some epidemiologists met in Calabar (Nigeria) in March 2012 to create the African Epidemiological Association (AEA). A key objective of AEA is to promote the discipline of epidemiology in the African continent, through a yearly conference in order to sustain and promote interactions, research and exchange of knowledge between epidemiology practitioners. The present conference was the third for AEA and the first for the Cameroon Society of Epidemiology (CaSE). A two-day course on capacity-building on Epidemiological methods held from Monday 2nd to Tuesday 3rd June 2014, brought to light the Practice of Epidemiology for Early Career Epidemiologists in Africa, delivered by faculty members from renown universities in Europe (France) and Africa (South-Africa, Nigeria Cameroon). This fully booked course, attended by more than a hundred participants, provided basic and practical concepts in Epidemiology as well as training and job opportunities.

This conference was of great asset to expose young career epidemiologists in the practice, training opportunities and research related to the field. International participation provided opportunities for research collaboration in public health and epidemiology, as well as perspectives in the field of epidemiology and public health.

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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


Calling student and early career researchers: International Journal of Epidemiology photo essay competition

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 16.49.43The 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.

For instructions to authors and eligibility criteria please visit the IJE website or download the photo essay competition flyer.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2015 

Need a little inspiration?

Read Photography as a metaphor for (epidemiological) research

or look at previously published photo essays:

Ian Beesly, Born in Bradford: Madonna and child or?

Penny Klepuszewska, Living Arrangements

John Darwell, The Mail Keeps Coming (Empty Shops)

Jane Ferrie, Remnants of Sewer Gas

Catherine Sauvaget et al, Tobacco Chewing in India


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