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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


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).

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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

Special Session: Epidemiology across the Americas: Bringing Together Latin American, Caribbean, and North American Epidemiologists – a panel discussion

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…..

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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