The aims of this section are to promote clinical and population-based research including observational studies and randomised controlled trials. This research is needed for the evaluation of curative and preventive interventions, predicting disease, understanding the aetiology and risk factors of disease, including early exposures, and assessing the long-term consequences of perinatal and paediatric events. These aims are achieved by encouraging the exchange of knowledge about innovative and up-to-date epidemiological and statistical methods and their application in research amongst researchers both formally, through the organisation of sessions, workshops and courses during the ESPR conferences as well as informally by bringing together individuals in a virtual research community.
The council of the section consists of a section secretary, 3 section council members and 1 young council member. The role of the section council members is to support the section secretary in developing and promoting issues relevant to epidemiology. The position of young council member is designed to encourage young investigators to take a more active role in the ESPR. In addition to the section council, membership of the Epidemiology section is open for any professional with an interest in epidemiology and research methods who is an active, emeritus, affiliate or associate member of the ESPR.
Section Council Members
- Jennifer Zeitlin, 1st term, Section Secretary, September 2019 - September 2022, Obstetrical, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology Research Team, Inserm, Paris, France
- Anne-Cathrine Viuff, Senior Staff Specialist, PhD, Department of Childhood and Adolescent Medicine, Hospitalsenhed Midt, Viborg Denmark
- Jasper Been, Consultant Neonatologist & Associate Professor, Erasmus MC – Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
- Chris Gale, Reader in Neonatal Medicine, School of Public Health, Imperial College London, UK
- Thomas Williams, young council member, Wellcome Trust ECAT Clinical Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ongoing & Future Projects
The section is working on developing programmes for pre-conference courses for future ESPR conferences on a range of topics, including using routine register data for research in neonatology and paediatrics and synthesizing, interpreting and presenting research results. We aim to reach out to the ESPR membership to identify themes of greatest interest related to epidemiological methods.