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The European Young Epidemiologists (EYE) is seeking a new President

The European Young Epidemiologists (EYE) is currently seeking a volunteer for the role of President. The role offers an exciting opportunity for a young researcher to adopt a leadership role and interact with young epidemiologists throughout Europe. If you are interested in the role please contact eyepidemiologists@gmail.com

Save the date: European Congress of Epidemiology 2018

The European Congress of Epidemiology 2018, titled Crises, Epidemiological transitions and the role of epidemiologists, will take place on July 4-6 2018 in Lyon, France. Please find more information here: Flyer_Lyon_2018

Businessmeting EEF: Munich, August 30th 2016

The next IEA European business meeting will take place in Munich during the IEA European meeting (see http://www.hec2016.eu/ ), on the 30th of August 2016 from 13:30-15:00 hours. The location will be at the main conference site, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1. Room number B015.

We hope to see you all there.

With best regards, on behalf of the European Epidemiology Federation EEF board,

Elisabete Weiderpass
IEA – International Epidemiological Association – Europe councillor IEA-EEF – European Epidemiology Federation – Chair

Agreement General Data Protection Regulation

On 15th December 2015 representatives of the EU Council of Ministers, the Parliament and the Commission agreed a common text for a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This new text updates and modernises the principles enshrined in the 1995 Data Protection Directive, which guarantee the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data.

The new text is the outcome of a trialogue between the parties following 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 15th June 2015.

The Commission’s proposal had included procedures to protect the rights of individuals and made a requirement for the explicit consent of individuals when processing their personal data, but provided derogations for health and scientific research. The Parliamentary Committee for Civil Liberties (LIBE) proposed amendments (ratified by the Parliament’s resolution) limiting use without explicit consent of the interested individual to cases of exceptionally high public interest, only. Researchers have been up in arms about such a restriction, which would have hampered the use of available data – such as those collected in cohort studies, held in population based registries, etc. – and then, in consequence, adversely affected our understanding of health determinants and the development of efficacious treatments. The International Epidemiological Association (IEA) joined the European Public Health Association (EUPHA), other research and public health associations, and patient organisations in lobbying for their deletion. In the Council’s General Approach, the circumstances of derogations were widened and further processing of personal data was stated to be compatible with the initial specified purposes.

The negotiations, begun in June 2015, have been hard. In respect of scientific research, they were focused on requirements for pseudonymised data in research databases and on derogations from the generally extensive rights for individuals to obtain information -rights of access, correction, and deletion from databases.

The outcome is looking quite good given that the new text allows the retention and use of data for important health and other research purposes as established in article 83.

The reform in total consists of the above mentioned proposal for a GDPR (which is intended to replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive) and a Directive for the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of “prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences, or the execution of criminal penalties, and the free movement of such data” (which is intended to replace the 2008 Data Protection Framework Decision) (http://www.emeeting.europarl.europa.eu/committees/agenda/201512/LIBE/LIBE%282015%291217_1/sitt-1739884).

Formal decisions by the entire Parliament and the Council are expected in the early spring of 2016. The Regulation and the Directive are likely to enter into force in the spring of 2018.

HEC2016 – Extension of Deadline

Due to numerous requests, the paper submission deadline of the annual meeting of GMDS, DGEpi, IEA-EEF and Medical Informatics Europe MIE 2016 has been extended to March 13, 2016.
Contributions may be submitted as either structured abstract in English or German, not exceeding 500 words, or structured paper in English, not exceeding 5 pages following a specific template (available on http://www.hec2016.eu/abstract-submission.html).
The submission of workshops and panel discussions is also encouraged. Workshop submissions should consist of an overview abstract, a brief workshop agenda and three (minimum) to five (maximum) topic specific abstracts. Please note that the topic specific abstracts will also undergo individual review and thus have the chance to be accepted as individual contribution, even if the workshop will not be accepted as such. Submissions for panel discussions consist of an overview abstract and a list containing name, affiliation, a bio sketch (max. 500 characters with empty spaces) and a mission statement (max. 300 characters with empty spaces) for each of the invited experts.
Please use the submission system at https://hec2016.online-registry.net/

Call for new Editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE)

The 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.

Click here for advertisement of the editor(s)-in-Chief, International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE).

Health – Exploring Complexity: an Interdisciplinary Systems Approach Conference (HEC2016)

The HEC2016 conference will take place from August 28th until September 2nd 2016 in Munich, Germany. Health – exploring complexity will be the common theme of the European conference joining the activities of four scientific disciplines:
• Medical Informatics,
• Medical Biometry,
• Epidemiology and
• Health Data Management

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.

The conference organisation invites you to make submissions for oral or poster contributions, workshops and panel discussions, to be presented at HEC2016. This can be submissions to all of the “classical” topics of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Medical Informatics and Health Data Management (see www.hec2016.eu for details). However, also specifically welcome submissions on interdisciplinary approaches to managing complexity and big data in health, as well as on our three common core topics are welcomed:
• intersectoral health care (e.g. admission and discharge management, patient safety, smart housing),
• quality and performance indicators of health care (e.g. risk adjustment, pay for performance),
• populations in transition (e.g. demographic change, multimorbidity, migration).

The submission deadline is February 21st 2016. Please find more information here..

European Educational Programme in Epidemiology (EEPE)

From June 20th until July 8th 2016 the residential 3-week Summer Course in Epidemiology will take place in Florence, Italy. The course is intended for epidemiologists, statisticians, clinicians and public health practitioners with an interest in epidemiology. The course is taught in English and held in residential form in the “Studium” centre, Florence.

Program:
Week 1, 20 June – 24 June 2016
Epidemiological methods I: Basic principles and introduction to study design.
Statistical methods in epidemiology I: Basic principles.
Week 2, 27 June – 1 July 2016
Epidemiological methods II: Case-control studies.
Statistical methods in epidemiology II: Analysis of cross-sectional and case-control studies.
Computer analysis of epidemiological data.
Week 3, 4 July – 8 July 2016
Eight special Modules: Advanced statistical topics, Advanced topics in epidemiology, Environmental epidemiology, Clinical Epidemiology, Fertility and Pregnancy: an epidemiologic perspective, Concepts and methods in causal mediation analysis, From personalized to global public health, Uncertainty, Risk communication and epidemiology.
The three-week course will be complemented by three light, entertaining after-dinner lectures by Rodolfo Saracci, Jørn Olsen and Nino Künzli.

From June 13th until June 17th 2016 the Pre-Course week will take place. This course can be attended independently from the 3-week residential course and offers courses on: Genetic and molecular epidemiology and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in epidemiology.

Please find more information on www.eepe.org. The registration opens at 1st December 2015

Online petition regarding the EU Data Protection Regulation

The European Public Health Association (EUPHA) asks for your support for an online petition regarding the EU Data Protection Regulation.

As you may know, the Parliament’s position on the Regulation is highly damaging for research using personal data, particularly data concerning health. The Council of Minister’s position is more positive. The three EU institutions are currently in trilogue negotiations to agree a compromise text.

The advocacy work on the Regulation has been ongoing, but the trilogue meeting on research is scheduled for the second half of November, so now is a really important time to increase the volume. EUPHA has joined Cancer Research UK and other patient and research organisations in an online petition for researchers, patients and other concerned individuals. A joint statement on the Parliament’s amendments is available here.

The petition will be presented to the EU institutions later and the more signatures the better. Please consider signing and encourage others to sign: www.datasaveslives.eu/petition

Further background
The European Parliament adopted its position in 2014. Parliament’s position includes the amendments that would have a severe impact on research if adopted. However, now is an important opportunity to ensure these amendments do not make it into the final text. The Council adopted its General Approach in June, which is a set of amendments that sets out its position on the Regulation. Council’s position is much more positive for research.
Now Council’s General Approach is agreed, trilogue discussions with the Parliament and Commission have started, to seek to agree a compromise text. Trilogue may take a long time due to extensive differences between the Council and Parliament texts. Informal agreement on the Regulation is not expected until the end of 2015 at the earliest. Formal agreement is expected is 2016.

Trilogue meetings are being held on a regular basis, so this is a key time to show the institutions the support behind our position. Officially the trilogue roadmap hasn’t been published, but the institutions seem to be working to Parliament’s proposed timetable for trilogue. The next trilogue meetings are scheduled for 11-12 November.

Transnational Access to Large Prospective Cohorts in Europe BBMRI-LPC 3rd Scientific Call for Access

BBMRI-LPC supports innovative research projects conducted in large prospective cohorts (LPC) across Europe. This is done by offering free access to samples for specific research projects selected through open scientific calls. Building on the success of the first call in 2014 and on the second call in spring 2015, The BBMRI-LPC launches the third and final BBMRI-LPC Scientific Call for Access. The deadline is on 31st January 2016. Please find more information BBMRI-LPC call.

8th European Congress of Epidemiology ‘Healthy Living’ was a success

On 25-27 June 2015 the 8th European Congress of Epidemiology ‘Healthy Living’ took place in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The organizing team was very pleased to welcome so many epidemiologists from all over the world and to receive such a large amount of high-quality abstracts, which enabled them to provide an interesting and varying scientific programme. A report of the congress, including the abstracts, can be found here.

Job vacancies Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research in Rostock, Germany offers 2 vacancies for the Research Group ‘Gender Gaps in Health and Survival’:
Post-Doctoral Fellow/Research Scientist: please find more information here
Statistical analyst: please find more information here.

EEF business and board meeting

The EEF business and board meeting will take place during the European Congress of Epidemiology ‘Healthy Living’ in Maastricht, The Netherlands on Friday June 26th 2015 at 11.00-12.30h.

Collaboration European Epidemiological Association and European Journal of Epidemiology

The European Epidemiological Association (EEF) and the European Journal of Epidemiology (EJE) have common objectives of improving knowledge, status and application of epidemiology within Europe. While EEF is formally a ‘region’ of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), it also has a role in pooling the interests of many national epidemiological societies in Europe. EEF’s most visible activity is coordination of annual conferences, hosted in turn by national societies and held in the two years between IEA triennial congresses. Conferences have greater impact and ‘permanence’ when proceedings including abstracts are published – in indexed and citable journals. While the proceedings of most EEF conferences have been published as supplements of the national journals of the societies hosting the conference, EJE has stepped in on several occasions when either there was no national journal or the national journal was unwilling to publish an English language supplement (example; Warsaw 2009 in EJE 2009; 24 suppl 1). At a meeting of the EEF board in 2010 it was agreed to seek a more formal collaboration with IJE. The EEF chairman (Robert West) met with the IJE editor (Albert Hofman) and Springer manager (Peter Butler) in January 2011 to discuss collaboration and rapidly came to a draft ‘memorandum of understanding’. In the meantime, the IEA-EEF European Congress of Epidemiology in Porto 2012, had its abstract published as a supplement to the EJE, September 2012. Initially some members of IEA council (IEA as ‘parent’ of EEF) expressed reservations over potential conflict with IEA’s own journal, the International Journal of Epidemiology (IJE). However IJE had shown and was showing no interest in publishing supplements of conference proceedings (arrangements were being completed for proceedings of the (IEA) XIX world congress in Edinburgh in 2011 to be published by Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health 2011; 65 suppl 1). After several months the incoming EEF chair (Adele Seniori Costantini), overcoming a potential lack of continuity that can occur with periodic changes of officers within societies / associations picked up the baton, with the support of the EEF’s past chair (RW) and secretary (Henrique Barros). IEA council and IJE editors accepted that there was ‘room’ for more than one (international) epidemiological journal in Europe, the birthplace of epidemiology and the region of greatest epidemiological activity (Adele Seniori Costantini et al., Population health and status of epidemiology in Western European, Balkan and Baltic countries. Int J Epidemiol. 2015 44 (1): 300-323).
IJE and Springer reaffirmed their offer in the draft ‘memorandum of understanding’ and generously included discounts on health-related Springer titles for all members of EEF and affiliated European member societies. The agreement brings several mutual benefits beside publishing the abstracts of the EEF’s European conferences at no cost to the EEF where the national organizing society journals declines to publish the abstracts. The European conferences will be advertised on both a special page of the journal and online. The EJE will have the option to make announcements in the EEF’s newsletter and website regarding, for example, a new series of articles, the impact factor, and signing up to ToC Alerts/RSS Feeds. The EEF will allow the EJE the option of distributing a copy of the journal at the EEF’s meetings. Springer shall offer all EEF members a year-round 25 % discount on all purchases from Springer’s book catalogue. Springer advised an interest in developing an EEF/Springer book series in epidemiology to serve the EEF members and as broad an epidemiological community as possible. The EEF is willing to pursue such a project which could contribute, hopefully, to filling a gap in those European countries where epidemiology is less developed, and in general give to European epidemiology an enlarged space and audience. While it may have taken rather longer than we had initially hoped we are pleased that this collaboration / cooperation between the European Epidemiological Association and the European Journal of Epidemiology has been established and we are confident that this will further benefit epidemiology and epidemiologists (and in turn public health) within Europe.

Fourth German Collaborative Summer School in Epidemiology

Prof. Eva Grill (LMU) and Prof. Ulrich Mansmann (LMU) are happy to host the summer school in Epidemiology – “The challenge of complexity in epidemiology – understanding health by building better models” under the auspices of the German Society for Epidemiology (DGEpi).

The following topics will be covered:

• Causal inference: traditional “constraint-based” algorithms
• Extension of causal inference to data sets with large numbers of variables
• Causal Inference from overlapping variable sets
• Complex data settings: Regression and prediction methods
• Good research practice in complex data settings (“beyond Bonferroni”)
• Modelling, data analysis, and experimental techniques in neuroscience and neurobiology
• Unravelling academic English: Indications and solutions for major and also more subtle uses of language for successful use in scientific academia

Scholarships are available for LMU students.

More information can be found on our flyer.

Software

Studying Populations (Computer assisted learning in Epidemiology) is now updated. The main change is that the glossary has been changed to show the definitions in the latest edition of the Dictionary of Epidemiology (6th edition). The download can be found here.

A recently completed Spanish version is available here .

Epilex, an electronic lexicon of epidemiological terms in 9 European languages, can be downloaded from the same website.

Deadline abstract submission Healthy Living Congress

Please be informed that the extended deadline for abstract submission for Healthy Living, the European Congress of Epidemiology, is next Monday, 9. February 2015, 23:59 CET.

We would welcome your contribution and look forward to meeting you in Maastricht on 25-27 June 2015. www.healthyliving.nl.

tudying Populations (Computer assisted learning in Epidemiology) is now updated. The main change is that the glossary has been changed to show the definitions in the latest edition of the Dictionary of Epidemiology (6th edition). The download can be found here.

A recently completed Spanish version is also available (link: http://www.personal.dundee.ac.uk/~cdvflore/SPSpanish.html) .

Epilex, an electronic lexicon of epidemiological terms in 9 European languages, can be downloaded from the same web site.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: call for abstracts Healthy Living congress

We are pleased to invite you to join the European Congress of Epidemiology to be held from 25 until 27 June 2015 and to be organized in collaboration with the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), the Netherlands Epidemiology Society (VvE), the European Epidemiology Federation (EEF) and the Epidemiology department at Maastricht University. This congress, entitled Healthy Living, will bring together scientists from across the entire field to discuss this topic.
Health, a healthy lifestyle and prevention will be the main themes throughout the congress, in which the topics will be discussed in terms of methodology and content.

We would like to inform you about the extended deadline to submit an abstract: the deadline has been set on February 9. Please find more information and subjects here.

Software

Studying Populations (Computer assisted learning in Epidemiology) and Epilex is now updated. The main change is that the glossary has been changed to show the definitions in the latest edition of the Dictionary of Epidemiology (6th edition). The download can be found here.

European Congress of Epidemiology 2015

We are pleased to invite you to join the European Congress of Epidemiology to be held from 25 until 27 June 2015 and to be organized in collaboration with the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), the Netherlands Epidemiology Society (VvE), the European Epidemiology Federation (EEF) and the Epidemiology department at Maastricht University. This congress, entitled Healthy Living, will bring together scientists from across the entire field to discuss this topic.

Health, a healthy lifestyle and prevention will be the main themes throughout the congress, in which the topics will be discussed in terms of methodology and content.

Registration and abstract submission are open from October 28th. Please find more information here.

Dictionary of Epidemiology

The new, 6th. edition of A Dictionary of Epidemiology has just been published by Oxford University Press (OUP). Please visit the OUP website or your usual bookstore:

Spring newsletter 2014

Our spring newsletter 2014 is out now. Please download it here

IEA/EEF Awards

The IEA/EEF has launched two new Awards:

– The IEA/EEF Award for low and low-middle income Eastern European countries*: Epidemiologists who have their residence in low and low-middle income Eastern European countries* and who are a member of the IEA can request this EEF award to engage in Epidemiological activity. The award has a maximum of 500 EUR. Epidemiological activity includes: contribution to conference or course, travel to set up collaboration, or page charges to submit an article to a journal. Please find a submission form here.
*including Greece during their financial crisis

– The IEA/EEF Development Award for up to 500 euro for European epidemiologist that would like to set-up an activity that help the EEF in its continuing development towards a more mature organisation.. This award is open to all IEA members who have their residence in Europe. Examples of these activities include a contribution to EEF labeled courses, activity from a EEF board member, etc.. Please find a submission form here.

EU data protection regulation

Reform of EU legal framework for the protection of personal data could have detrimental consequences for public health research and epidemiology. Please read more here

European Congress of Epidemiology 2015

Save the date: The European Congress of Epidemiology 2015 ‘Healthy Living’ wil take place on 25-27 June 2015 In Maastricht, The Netherlands. This congress brings together scientists from a broad range of health care fields. Topics include methodological developments and state-of-the-art applications of epidemiology in a variety of clinical and public health research settings all contributing to Healthy Living. Please find more information here.

27th Residential Summer Course in Epidemiology in Florence

This course will take place from 23 June to 11 July and provides an overview of epidemiological methods, the core concepts of epidemiological thinking, and allows students to acquire skills in the analysis of epidemiological data. In the last week students can choose from different modules, including modules on advanced statistical analysis, advanced epidemiological concepts, and methodological issues in environmental, clinical epidemiology or reproductive epidemiology. The course is ideal for students doing a PhD in epidemiology and anyone else moving into epidemiology. Find more information here.

Software

Studying Populations and Epilex is now updatedfor Windows Vista, 7 and 8.

Autumn newsletter 2013

Our autumn newsletter 2013 is out now. Please download it here

 

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