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New horizons for medical statistics and epidemiology in global health

The MRC International Statistics & Epidemiology Group (MRC ISEG) 50th anniversary symposium and celebration 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of MRC ISEG we are hosting a symposium to be held virtually on June 28-30, 2022.  The Symposium is hosted by LSHTM and our six partner institutes in Colombia (CIDIEM), The Gambia (MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM), Tanzania (Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit), Uganda (MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit), Zambia (Zambart) and Zimbabwe (The Health Research Institute - THRU Zim).  

The symposium will reflect on the contribution of medical statistics and epidemiology to global health over the past 50 years and look to the future with discussion and debate on strategies to transform capacity in medical statistics and epidemiology globally.  Sessions will include a conversation with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Chief Scientist at WHO discussing capacity strengthening, advice to early-career researchers, and shaping epidemiological research in global health. The event will also include epidemiologists, medical statisticans, scientists and physicians who will discuss challenges and solutions in advancing research in both infectious and non communicable diseases. 

The symposium is open to anyone who has an interest in epidemiology or medical statistics. 

Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 28 June 2022 
  • 12:00-13:00: Welcome and introduction  

    • 12:00-12:05: Welcome remarks 
    • 12.05–12.55: The development of the MRC International Statistics and Epidemiology Group (ISEG) and contributions to global health in the past 50 years 
    • 12.55-13.00: Break  
  • 13:00-14:40: Session 1 - Emerging & Neglected Tropical Diseases. This session will be hosted by the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit 

    • 13:00-13:05: Welcome  
    • 13.05-13.20: Controlled human infection model for testing schistosomiasis vaccines 
    • 13:20-13:35:  Rift valley fever: development and evaluation of a One Health vaccine 
      • Speaker: Zac Anywaine, MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit 
    • 13:35-13:50: Africa CDC COVID-19 seroprevalence surveys 
    • 13:50-14:05: SARS-CoV2 and COVID-19 surveillance in a general population in Uganda 
      • Speaker: Joseph Mugisha, MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit 
    • 14:05-14:20 Discussion 
      • Chair: Pontiano Kaleebu, MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit 
    • 14:20-14:40: Break  
  • 14:00-16:15: Session 2 – Malaria. This session will be hosted by the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM.  

    • 14:40-14:45: Welcome 
    • 14:45-15:05: New approaches to mass drug administration to eliminate malaria 
      • Speaker: Edgard Dabira, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM 
    • 15:05-15:25: Seasonal interventions for malaria control 
    • 15:25-15:45: Effectiveness of dual active ingredient treated nets against malaria in Tanzania 
    • 15:45-16:00: Discussion 
      • Chair: Umberto D’Alessandro,  MRC Unit The Gambia  at LSHTM
    • 16:00-16:15: Break 
  • 16:15-17:00: Session 3 – In conversation with. This session will be hosted by the MRC ISEG, LSHTM 

    • 16:15-17:00: In conversation with Dr Soumya Swaminathan, WHO: Expanding capacity and shaping epidemiological research to advance global health 
Day 2: Wednesday 29 June 2022  
  • 12:00-13:00: Session 1 – Stakeholder survey results. This session will be hosted by MRC ISEG, LSHTM. 

    • 12:00-12:50: Capacity in medical statistics and epidemiology in global health research: What is the problem? What are the solutions? 
  • 12:50-13:00: Break 
  • 13:00-14:40: Session 2 – Tuberculosis. This session will be hosted by Zambart, Zambia 

    • 13:00-13:05: Welcome 
    • 13:05-13:20: What can we learn from a combined TB screening and HIV testing door-to-door community-wide strategy, in settings with a high prevalence of TB/HIV? 
    • 13:20-13:35: TB and COVID – what are the links? 
      • Speaker: Kwame Shanaube, Zambart, Zambia 
    • 13:35-13:50: Digital adherence technologies to support tuberculosis care in Ethiopia 
    • 13:50-14:05: TB-Practecal: results from a non-inferiority treatment trial for rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis 
    • 14:05-14:20: Discussion 
      • Chair: Helen Ayles, LSHTM
    • 14:20-14:40: Break 
  • 14:40-16:00: Session 3 – Methodology. This session will be hosted by CIDEIM, Colombia  

    • 14:40-14:45: Welcome 
    • 14:45-15:00 Developing and validating the Social Ecology of Occupational Zoonoses (SEOZ) psychometric instrument for the prevention of infections in agricultural settings 
    • 15:00-15:15: Simulated trials: Assessment of treatment effect in the era of widespread use of active controls 
    • 15:15-15:30: Gender and intersectionality: Impacts of Artificial Intelligence/digital systems on marginalized groups 
      • Speaker: Sylvia Muyingo, Africa Population & Health Research Center, Kenya 
    • 15:30-15:45: Data science in outbreak response 
      • Speaker: Chris Grundy, MRC ISEG, LSHTM 
    • 15:45-16:00: Discussion 
      • Chair: Neal Alexander 
Day 3: Thursday 30 June 2022 
  • 12:00-13:00: Session 1 – Discussion. This session will be hosted by MRC ISEG, LSHTM.

    • 12:00-12:50: Increasing capacity in medical statistics and epidemiology in LMICs: What works 
      • Chair: Helen Weiss, LSHTM
      • Speakers from: MRC ISEG, Zambart, DREAMS, THRU, MRC Units 
    • 12:50-13:00: Break 
  • 13:00-14:40: Session 2: Chronic Diseases. This session will be hosted by Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit, Tanzania  

    • 13:00-13:05: Welcome 
    • 13.05-13.20: Hypertension in HIV infected adults: a complex and important problem 
    • 13.20-13.35: From epidemiology to the integration of care: 10 years of research on the response to chronic diseases in East Africa,  
    • 13.35-13.50: Accuracy of blood pressure measurement in Kenya: Implications for controlling the epidemic of cardiovascular disease 
    • 13:50-14:05: Leveraging the HIV care platform to improve hypertension care using the PRECEDE model: a cluster randomised trial from Uganda 
      • Speaker: Jane Kabami, Infectious Disease Research Collaboration, Uganda 
    • 14:05-14:20: Discussion 
      • Chair: Saidi Kapiga, MITU and LSHTM 
    • 14:20-14:40: Break 
  • 14:40-16:15: Session 3 – HIV. This session will be hosted by THRU Zim. 

    • 14:40-14:45: Welcome 
      • Chair: Agnes Mahomva 
    • 14:45-15:00: Universal test & treat: What have we learnt about ending the HIV epidemic?
    • 15:00-15:20: Beyond HIV: Broadening access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in southern and eastern Africa 
    • 15:20-15:45: Innovation and Integration for HIV/SRH interventions for young people 
    • 15:45-16:00: Discussion 

      • Chair: Agnes Mahomva 
    • 16:00-16:15: Break 

  • 16:16-17:00: Closing session. This session will be hosted by MRC ISEG, LSHTM 

    • New horizons in medical statistics and epidemiology: Reflections from researchers and funders on how to meaningfully increase capacity 

      • Chair: Rashida Ferrand, THRU & LSHTM 
      • Speakers: Representatives from EDCTP, MRC and other funders 
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