York HESG Winter Meeting

CHE successfully hosted the 2019 Health Economists’ Study Group (HESG) Winter meeting held from the 7th to 9th January 2019 in the York Principal Hotel. A record number of 193 participants attended the conference and discussed excellent draft papers on a range of health economics topics including economic evaluation, global health, health behaviours, health outcome measurement and valuation, health policy, and the organisation of health and care services. The conference provided a great opportunity to network and exchange ideas with participants from academic institutions, consulting companies, ministries of health and other governmental bodies from the UK and as far afield as the United States and New Zealand.  

Prior to the conference, Professor Andrew Jones ran a free pre-conference short course on ‘Data visualisation and econometrics’ which was very well attended and received.

Rose Atkins receiving her prize from Professor Andrew Jones

The ‘Health Economics’ PhD Poster Prize sponsored by Wiley was awarded to Rose Atkins from the University of Manchester for her poster on ‘Parental education and non-cognitive skills in children: evidence from a schooling reform’. Congratulations also to Ashleigh Kernohan from Newcastle University, whose poster was highly commended for the innovative use of technology.

As part of the conference, the University of York, including the Hull York Medical School, hosted a tribute event to commemorate Professor Alan Maynard, who was a giant in the field of health economics and one of the University’s most influential social scientists. Alan sadly passed away in February 2018. The event was attended by many of Alan’s old friends, colleagues and his family. Jane Hall (University of Technology Sydney), Steven Birch (University of Queensland) and Maria Goddard (CHE) talked about their long friendship with Alan and his many academic successes.

The conference plenary discussion aimed to bring together policy makers and academics to discuss ‘How health economics can better inform health policy’. Our thanks go to our invited Plenary Speakers, Professor Kalipso Chalkidou (Imperial College London), Professor Brian Ferguson (Public Health England), Becky Henderson (Department of Health and Social Care) and Danny Palnoch (NHS England), as well as to the chair, Professor Karen Bloor (University of York), for their excellent contributions.

Programme: HESG Winter 2019 programme (PDF , 505kb).