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Position Paper: Health in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The IEA is actively engaged in the global agenda for defining health priorities post-2015, when the current Millenium Development Goals expire. We would like to share our recent position paper. […]

Informed Consent


Informed consent is a key concept in research ethics, and it has a central place in the Helsinki Declaration. In the randomized clinical trial, participants need to be informed about the potential risks and benefits of the treatment under study in order to make an informed decision before saying yes or no to the invitation […]

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 […]

Epidemics of chronic diseases: the role of epidemiology


Many countries are prepared to address epidemics of infectious diseases, because they have organizations, training programs, legislation and monitoring systems. Best known is probably the CDC in theUS, but many other countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America and theMiddle Easthave invested in a similar preparedness. The European Union has, for example, established a European CDC […]

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 […]

A New EU Directive for Data Protection in Europe


Many European epidemiologists will remember that the first draft EU proposed on Data Protection would have made it almost impossible to do epidemiologic research and many other types of research as well. Only after substantial consultations in Brussels by colleagues and patient organizations did we end up with a Directive that allowed (at least in […]

Advice for journalists who write about epidemiologic studies


Epidemiology is the scientific discipline that aims to identify the occurrence and determinants of health and diseases in human populations and the application of this knowledge to control health problems. It is a discipline that systematically uses population experience concerning exposures (social factors, lifestyle factors, environmental factors, treatments, etc.) and health. It is a discipline […]

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 […]

John Pemberton 12 April 2010 – Royal College of Physicians Obituary

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Royal College of Physicians

Munk’s Roll John Pemberton

b. 18/11/1912 d.07/02/2010

LRCP, MRCS (1936), MB., BS (London), UCH, 1936, MD (London), FFPH (1974), FRCP (1964), DPH (Leeds) (1957), Milroy Lecturer (1976)

Founding one scientific society is usually considered a major achievement. John was, however, responsible for the birth of three, a remarkable achievement, testimony […]

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 […]