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John Pemberton was the key figure in founding the ‘International corresponding club (ICS), later to become the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), and the Society for Social Medicine (SSM). A collection of papers, mostly relating to foundations and early years of IEA and SSM, collected by John Pemberton himself, has been lodged at Cardiff University. […]

Update on the IEA NA Region


Dr. Ezra Susser, North America Regional Councilor, Columbia University, NY, NY, USA

A priority for this year has been to facilitate interaction among North and South American epidemiologists and public health professionals. This is a joint effort with Jaime Miranda, South American representative. Two initiatives illustrate some of what we have been doing. First, […]

African Epidemiological Federation Officially Launched


The African Epidemiological Federation ( AEF ) was officially launched on 13 March, 2012, in Calabar, Nigeria. AEF was launched during the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the Epidemiological Association meeting of Nigeria ( EPISON ). The Federation was declared by Past President of IEA, Professor Neil Pierce. In attendance were the African Regional Councillor, IEA, Dr Kingsley Akinroye and the President of the Public Health Association of Nigeria, Professor Obehi Okojie. AEF delegates fom Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria were also present. Over 150 partipants from Nigeria attended the EPISON meeting. […]

Global response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs): the role of epidemiologists


It is well documented that NCDs carry an increasing burden of diseases and mortality in affluent as well as poor countries. NCDs amount to 63 % of all deaths in the world, and 80 % of these occur in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive diseases are expected to increase […]

Back to School


The really old-school epidemiologists will remember how influential epidemiologists in the 1980s complained about all these new methods that flooded our scientific papers, like the log-linear models, later the logistic regression model and then the Cox models.

Epidemiologists had been served well in aetiological studies by doing stratified analyses using first Cochran’s way of weighting […]

Mega studies – the new trend?


Epidemiology has never been a static science in its more than 100 years of existence. Methods change over time, and research, focus, funding and infrastructures do not remain as they once were. Still, the changes we see now overshadow anything we have seen in the past. Large-scale cohorts are being planned, have started and will […]

Good Epidemiological Practice (GEP)



November, 2007

This document is based upon a document developed for the IEA-European Federation. The documentation has been substantially modified over the years. This latest version has been approved by Council.


In these guidelines, we begin by outlining the background to epidemiological […]

How much should epidemiologic research be regulated? (Part 1)


Epidemiologists, like other scientists, make mistakes. In our search for learning about causal links between environmental or genetic factors and diseases we study associations as they occur in populations that provide access to data. We know that these associations have many reasons; most of these are not the causes we seek. Much attention (too […]

Epidemiology faces its limits… all over again


Epidemiologists who are not entirely newcomers to the discipline will remember the debate G Taubes activated by his Science paper in 1995 ‘epidemiology faces its limits’. Now he is back with a paper written to a much larger audience called ‘do we really know what makes us unhealthy’, published in The New York Times, September […]

Epidemiology; still a basic science in public health?


Most epidemiologists will know that the occurrence of many diseases is driven by complex social factors and political conditions operating through health behaviours, exposure to risk factors, and ultimately through molecular mechanisms. In this stream of causation many epidemiologists are rafting quickly downstream towards molecular epidemiology or nano-epidemiology (at least the internet domain name has […]