On December 8, Andrew Mirelman gave a talk entitled 'Equity and economic evaluation in low- and middle-income countries' at the University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, USA. The talk was part of a conference 'Measuring and Improving Health Equity' hosted by the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
Nigel Rice presented 'Does maternal mental health during and straight after pregnancy affect child development?' at the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics (HOPE) seminar, Manchester University on 11 December.
Hugh Gravelle presented on 'GP practice size' and Rita Santos presented on 'What are the effects of practice mergers on quality care?' at the Primary Care Datasets Workshop, held at HOPE, Manchester on 13 December.
Rodrigo Moreno-Serra was keynote speaker and panellist at the FAPESP- GACD Implementation Science Research Training School, Campinas, Brazil 6–10 November.
10-14 November CHE researchers contributed to ISPOR 2018 in Barcelona. Further details.
From the 19-23 November Adriana Castelli took part as an expert in health system efficiency and productivity in the workshop 'Health Labour Market Analysis (HLMA)' organised by WHO and hosted in Turin by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization. The workshop was part of the HLMA toolkit which will be launched by WHO in 2019.
On 21 November, Rita Faria gave a lecture entitled 'Methods in practice' for the NICE/DSU/ABPI Masterclass using non-randomised data to estimate treatment effects in NICE submissions. Monica Hernandez and Allan Wailoo from the University of Sheffield, and Hannah Patrick from NICE, also presented lectures.
Nils Gutacker visited the RWI Essen (Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung), Germany 26-28 November and then attended the German Health Econometric Workshop 29 -30 November also in Essen, Germany.
Paul Revill visited Malawi and met with Thanzi la Onse programme partners at the College of Medicine. He also attended the 67th Health Ministers Conference of the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. During the meeting CHE signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ECSA to support the field of health economics within the region.
Georgios Nikolaidis gave a Rapid-Fire presentation entitled 'A systematic review and classification of methods to`Borrow-Strength' in Health Technology Assessment' on 5 September at the Royal Statistical Society International Conference in Cardiff.
Rita Faria presented 'Lessons from a cost-effectiveness analysis of tests to diagnose clinically significant prostate cancer' and 'Buy 1 get 2 free: cost-effectiveness analysis of cascade testing in familial hypercholesterolaemia at the Methods for Economic Evaluation of Diagnostics Research Forum on the 26 September at the University of Leeds. She also took part on a Roundtable on the use and interpretation of economic evaluation in trials, organised by NIHR on 10 September at BMA House in London.
Maria Goddard was a member of a funding panel of the Research Council of Norway, allocating £10m for research in health and welfare.
9 August, Andrew Mirelman was in Lima, Peru, as part of a visit for the three country lung health trial, working with the CRONICAS group at Universidad Cayetano Heredia. Together with a partner health economist, Maria Kathia Cardenas, they visited a field site in the Pueblo Joven called Las Pampas and Andrew also gave a seminar to the CRONICAS team about the ongoing work of the Global Health Team at CHE.
Peter Smith, keynote speaker, presented 'Influencing health policy in a post-truth era: the role of health economics' at the 39th Nordic Health Economic Study Group (NHESG) meeting in Tromsø, Norway, 22-24 August. Nils Gutacker participated in the meeting, having one of his papers discussed and as a chair and discussant on other panels.
Marta Soares and Pedro Saramago Goncalves were invited speakers at the workshop entitled ' Nice's decision making and state of-art methods in HTA' at the University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland, 27-28 August.
Idaira Rodriguez Santana assisted with the workshop entitled 'UK-China researcher links: Economic analysis of large medical databases' which was held at Peking University in Beijing between 29-31 August.
Mike Drummond presented 'Challenges in the economic evaluation of cancer drugs' at the 4th St Petersburg International Oncology Forum, St Petersburg, Russia, on 8 July.
Susan Griffin, Francesco Ramponi, Mark Sculpher and Simon Walker attended and presented at the 'Intersectoral Economic Evaluation in Public Health' workshop, 10 July at the Royal College of Nursing, London.
Several CHE staff attended the European Health Economics Association (EUHEA) Conference held in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 11-14 July. The conference was organised by Maastricht University and Maastricht University Medical Center. This year’s theme was “Shaping the Future: the Role of Health Economics”. CHE staff attending and presenting included Simon Walker, Francesco Ramponi, Rowena Jacobs, Tom Patton, Susan Griffin, Ana Duarte, Laurie Rachet Jacquet, Francesco Longo and Gowokani Chirwa.
Rodrigo Moreno Serra visited Colombia between 17-19 July. The purpose of his visit, within the War and Peace project, was to meet with local Ministry of Health officials in Bogota and also lead a technical workshop with a team of the Secretary of Health of the departamento (province) where they will be conducting fieldwork. This was a follow-up to the project inception meeting in Bogota in June, when the entire UK team travelled to Bogota for meetings.
Nigel Rice attended the 6th Italian Health Econometrics Workshop in Beragmo, Italy, 17-19 July, and presented 'The disutility of commuting? The effects of gender and local labour markets'.
Andrea Manca has been invited to Co-Chair the Research Review Committee for the forthcoming ISPOR 21st Annual European Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain in November 2018.
Paul Revill gave a talk on ‘The strengths and weaknesses of current economic modelling research on PrEP’ at a ‘Shaping PrEP modelling for high burden countries in sub Saharan Africa’ meeting, jointly convened by WHO and UNAIDS and funded by Gates Foundation, in Geneva, Switzerland on 6 June. He also gave the Plenary address on ‘Priority setting and health benefits package design’ at the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC) 11th Best Practices Forum and 27th Directors Joint Consultative.
A team from York visited Colombia 11-15 June 2018 for the inception event for the MRC funded War & Peace project, which is being co-lead by Dr. Rodrigo Moreno-Serra from CHE and Prof. Oscar Bernal at the University of the Andes (Uniandes). During this trip, the team met with a number of senior officials from the Ministry of Health at the national and regional level, as well as the Governor and Secretary of Health for the Departmento - Meta - where the project's primary data collection will take place.
James Love-Koh gave several lecturers and a short practical course on distributional cost-effectiveness analysis during his visit to the University of Bergen, Norway between the 14-15 June.
Edward Cox presented ‘The cost-effectiveness of strategies for the initial management of potential infection in advanced HIV’ at the Research Staff Conference ‘On your doorstep: Celebrating researchers and research at York’ held at York University on 15 June.
The summer HESG meeting took place in Bristol 20–22 June 2018, CHE staff who attended included Alessandro Grosso, Rita Faria, Francesco Ramponi, Ieva Skarda, Nils Gutaker, Maria Lúcia Pace, Gowokani Chirwa, Adrián Villasenor-Lopez and Georgios Nikolaidis.
Idaira Rodriguez Santana attended the 38th Edition of the Spanish Health Economics Association Conference in Gran Canaria 20-22 June 2018 where she presented the paper ‘Gender imbalances in medical specialty training. Analysing the impact of a policy change in Spain’.
Rowena Jacobs gave an invited keynote presentation on the organisation and funding of mental health services at the Essen Economics of Mental Health Workshop at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 25-26 June 2018. She also gave an invited keynote presentation at the 2018 International Health Conference, St Hugh’s College, Oxford, 28-30 June 2018.
Wiktoria Tafesse presented one of her PhD papers entitled ‘The effect of mandatory iodine fortification on cognitive test scores in rural India’ at the American-European Health Economics Study Group (III Edition) held 28-29 June at Harvard Business School, Boston USA.
On 29 June, Marta Soares presented a seminar at the Centre for Statistical Methodology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, entitled ‘Experiences of structured elicitation for cost-effectiveness analyses’. The Slides and audio are available here.
In June, Nils Gutacker presented the Seminar ‘Paying for efficiency in the English NHS’ at both Lancaster University and the University of Hamburg, Germany.
In June, Simon Walker and Marta Soares attended the MDM European conference in Leiden, the Netherlands. Marta presented on a workshop entitled ‘Model-based health economic evaluation of diagnostic tests and biomarkers: Handling the (lack of) evidence’ together with Martin Henriksson from the Linkoping University, Michelle Kip and and Hendrik Koffijberg both from the University of Twente. She also presented on another workshop entitled ‘Modelling techniques for estimating survival in oncology’ with Sven Klijn and Maarten Treur from Pharmerit International, Ben Van Hout from the University of Sheffield. Simon presented ‘The value of air pollution interventions in West Yorkshire: An economic evaluation considering multiple outcomes, inequality impacts and costs falling on different decision makers’. Simon had a poster on ‘Striving for a societal perspective: An analytical framework for the economic evaluations of interventions with costs and effects falling on multiple sectors and decision makers’.
Rita Faria and James Lomas are now both contributers to the Academic Health Economists' blog.
In May Mark Sculpher visited the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in New York City. As part of his visit he gave a presentation entitled 'Evidence for health technology assessments: the role of clinical trials versus real world evidence and how to judge value'.
On 11 May Francesco Longo gave a presentation entitled ‘Comparing costs and outcomes of in-house and contracted-out visual rehabilitation (VR) services’. Helen Weatherly and Pedro Saramago Goncalves attended the presentation and assisted with questions. This was the concluding presentation for the project, reporting study findings to a number of stakeholders in the field of vision rehabilitation who have advised the evaluation team over the duration of the project.
During 11-14 May 2018, Mike Drummond attended the 14th EILAT Conference on New Antiepileptic Drugs and Devices in Madrid, Spain, where he gave the Plenary presentation entitled 'Orphan drugs: Where economics and politics collide'.
Jessica Ochalek gave a presentation titled ‘Judging cost effectiveness: Decision rules, value judgements and thresholds’ at the China Health Technology Assessment Workshop, which was organized by the China National Health Development Research Center in Beijing, China 15-16 May.
Paul Revill was involved in an online webinar on the 'Impact and cost-effectiveness of HIV testing' for the WHO HIV Department, 16 May 2018. On the call there were approximately 60 people joining in from Lesotho, Tanzania, Iran, Switzerland, Brazil, South Africa, UK, Germany, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Sweden, Australia, France, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Denmark, USA, Burkina Faso, Thailand, and Vietnam. Various organizations were represented, including MOH/Governments from Lesotho, Tanzania, Brazil, South Africa, and Zimbabwe; CHAI, WITS RHI, WHO, Global Fund, CDC, IAS, Academia de Comunicação Africana, UNICEF, Fiocruz, UCL, Unitaid, UNAIDS, USAID, Jhpiego, FIND, Avenir Health, Boston University/HERO, IRD, DoD/OGAC, and Chulalongkorn University.
Laetitia Schmitt presented ‘A value of information approach to air pollution health risk management and a challenge to current guidelines for addressing evidential uncertainty’ at the Health and Environment conference held in Essen, Germany 18 May.
Nils Gutacker presented the seminar ‘Pay-for-efficiency in the English NHS’ at the RWI, Germany 26 March 2018 and again at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, 9 April 2018.
Rita Faria presented at the NICE clinical guideline committee on diagnosis and management of prostate cancer, as expert witness on the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic tests for clinically significant prostate cancer, 18 April.
19 April, Rodrigo Moreno-Serra and Adrian Villasenor attended a launch event for the University of York's Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre (IGDC). The IGDC is a major new interdisciplinary centre for research and teaching in global development at the University of York.
Mike Drummond presented ‘Should we approve drugs by indication?’ in Session F3 ‘Is a drug only as good as its indication?’ at the AMCP (Academy of Managed Care and specialty Pharmacy) Annual Meeting, Boston, USA, 23-27 April 2018.
Helen Weatherly was invited to join a co-financing session, give a presentation and chair a session at the LSHTM/iDSI run workshop entitled ‘Taking a disaggregated societal perspective in economic evaluation". These took place 25-26 April 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mike Drummond gave a plenary presentation ‘Policies - for the use of economic evaluation in Europe. Future directions’ at the 10th Annual meeting of the German Health Economics Association (DGGÖ) held in Hamburg 5-6 March 2018.
Fan Yang attended the 3rd EuroQol Academy Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, 5-7 March, she presented ‘Cost-utility analysis using EQ-5D-5L data: does how the utilities are derived matter?’
Marta Soares presented at the 2nd Donau Symposium on Biomarker Development, Molecular Imaging & Applied Diagnostics which took place in Vienna, Austria March 14-16. Her talk was entitled 'Demonstrating the value of diagnostics to health systems: lessons learnt from a cost-effectiveness evaluation in prostate cancer (PROMIS study). Marta was also part of the faculty on a course on advanced pharmacoeconomics, on 10-11 March, for the Portuguese professional association of pharmacists (Ordem dos Farmaceuticos) in Lisbon, Portugal.
Paul Revill attended the Salzburg Global Seminar, Climate Change, Conflict, Health, and Education: Targeting interdisciplinary research to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs), in Austria, 18-21 March, convened by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Grand Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
Paul Revill and Marta Soares attended a meeting with the Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) Modelling Consortium at Warwick University on economics of resource priorization for NTDs 5 February.
Paul Revill and Susan Griffin met with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) in Rome on social protection and health, 6 February.
Paul Revill gave a seminar at WHO/UNAIDS in Geneva on 'the use of economics in global health goals and guideline development'. Paul and Mark Sculpher had meetings at UNAIDS and WHO, 8 February.
Francesco Longo presented ‘Exploratory analysis of outcomes and costs of admiral nursing compared to usual care’ 13 February 2018 at the first Method for Economic Evaluation Group (MEG) meeting held in York.
16 February, Andrew Mirelman gave a talk entitled 'The Macroeconomics and Welfare Benefits of Reducing Road Traffic Injuries in Low- and Middle-Income Countries' at the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon for a meeting was titled 'The Economics of Non-communicable diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries'.
Karl Claxton, James Lomas, Miqdad Asaria and Jessica Ochalek contributed to a week-long course titled '7th International Fellowship on Health Technology Assessment' 19-23 February, run by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) School of Public Health in Chandigarh, India. Karl and Miqdad provided lectures and James provided tutorials and a lecture while Jessica provided tutoring assistance.
Paul Revill and Simon Walker gave an Introductory Economic Evaluation course at Makerere University, Uganda, 20 February.
Anika Reichert attended the 11th RGS Doctoral conference in Economics in Essen 21-22 February and presented the paper 'The impact of waiting times on patient outcomes: Evidence from Early Intervention in Psychosis services in England'.
Paul Revill and Simon Walker gave a seminar at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Nairobi, Kenya, on 'resource allocation for health care in Africa and opportunity costs' 23 February.
Francesco Longo presented ‘Who cares for the carers of people with dementia?’ at Making Research Count (York) held on 23 February 2018.
Karl Claxton, Sumit Mazumdar, Miqdad Asaria and Jessica Ochalek participated in the 2nd National Conference on Health Technology Assessment 24-25 February, in Chandigarh, India. Karl provided the keynote address and took part in the opening ceremony. He also presented 'HTA in United Kingdom: Landscape for Evidence Informed Healthcare' and 'Pharmaceutical Pricing: Role of HTA in influencing policy decisions.' Jessica gave a presentation titled 'Priority Setting for UHC: Role of HTA'. Karl, Sumit and Jessica presented as part of a session on estimating health opportunity costs for India. Miqdad presented 'Incorporating Equity in HTA'.
Paul Revill and Simon Walker met with the East Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community, Arusha, Tanzania, for the Thanzi la Onse programme 26 February.
Karl Claxton, Sumit Mazumdar, James Lomas and Jessica Ochalek gave presentations as part of a 1-day conference, Priority Setting in the Health Sector: Practices and Possibilities for India, 27 February, organized and co-hosted by the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi. Karl gave a presentation titled 'Health Care Prioritisation Decisions: Lessons from the UK and Applicability in the Indian Context' which was then discussed by two prominent Indian academics: V.R. Muraleedharan, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and Barun Kanjilal, Ex-professor, IIHMR. James, Sumit and Jessica presented the afternoon session 'How Much Should India Pay For Health Care: Empirical Estimation of Health Opportunity Cost in India at State Level', which was discussed by Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi.
The winter HESG meeting took place in London 10-12 January. Centre staff who attended included Anika Reichert, Noemi Kreif, Andrew Mirelman, Adriana Castelli, Hugh Gravelle, Dan Liu and Francesco Longo. The plenary address ‘The role of Health Economics in a "post-truth" era’ was given by Peter Smith.
Andrea Manca gave an invited talk entitled 'What is cost-effectiveness analysis' at the Workshop ‘Meeting the challenge of treating cancer in low and middle income countries’ organised by the European Association for Cancer Research in Nottingham.
Noemi Kreif and Nils Gutacker gave a course on ‘Multilevel modelling and performance assessment’ at the University of Hamburg, Germany, 18–22 January, as part of a European Training Network.
Mark Sculpher participated in the YorkTalks which took place 10 January. His talk was entitled ‘More money alone is not the cure for the crisis in the NHS’. Mark also presented at FILM 2018 in Birmingham, 30 January, on ‘What is the value of a test? Assessing the cost-effectiveness of diagnostics.
Marc Suhrcke gave a presentation entitled ‘Research design on cost-effectiveness thresholds: initial estimates for Indonesia’ at the iDSI workshop held at the University of Glasgow, 18-19 January. Andrew Mirelman and Rodrigo Moreno-Serra also attended the meeting.
Rodrigo Moreno-Serra was invited to be a panel member and attended a grant funding panel meeting in Brasilia, Brazil, 31 January to 1 February. This was to select proposals for the MRC-CONFAP Call for Health Systems Research Networks, part of the UK-CONFAP Newton initiative. This call is designed to fund research that aims to improve health policy and systems for vulnerable communities in Brazil.