The ESPR Epidemiology, Public Health & Health Systems Research Section

Welcome to the Epidemiology, Public Health & Health Systems Research Section of the European Society of Paediatric Research (ESPR)

Our Epidemiology, Public Health & Health Systems Research section aims to promote the use of high-quality and innovative methods for clinical and population-based paediatric research. This research is needed for the evaluation of curative and preventive interventions, predicting disease, understanding the aetiology and risk factors of disease and assessing the long-term consequences of perinatal and paediatric events. Results guide clinical care, the organisation of health systems and public health policy and generate knowledge relevant to topics in all of the ESPR sections.

We focus on highlighting new methodological concepts and innovative analytic approaches in paediatrics to foster the understanding and use of high-quality research methods among the ESPR membership. Our aims are achieved by encouraging the exchange of knowledge about epidemiological and statistical methods and their application in research amongst researchers both formally and informally.

  • Our objectives
    In its mission to promote the use of high-quality and innovative methods for clinical and population-based paediatric research, the Epidemiology, Public Health & Health Systems Research section aims to:
    • Invite presentations on research concepts and methods in epidemiology and public health that are relevant to paediatric research topics and inspire innovation in research among ESPR members.
    • Offer pre-congress courses that present these methods in an accessible and hands-on way for clinicians involved in research. These courses are designed for members with advanced as well as basic epidemiological training.
    • Summarise these concepts and methods in publications adapted to paediatric research topics.
    • Provide a forum for discussion about the study design and statistical methods that are of interest to the ESPR membership so that the Section can better address members' needs
    • Create links with neonatal and paediatric research networks
  • Meet the Section Council


    Jennifer Zeitlin
    Perinatal Epidemiologist, Senior DSc, MA. Professor
    Section secretary since 2019
    Obstetrical, Perinatal & Pediatric Epidemiology Research Team, Inserm (National Institute of Health & Med. Reseach), Paris, FR and Univerité Paris-Cité, Paris, FR


    Jasper Been
    Consultant Neonatologist & Assoc. Professor, MD, MPH, PhD
    Section council member since 2019
    Erasmus MC – Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, NL

    Chris Gale
    Consultant Neonatologist and Reader in Neonatal Medicine, MBBS, MSc, PhD
    Section council member since 2019
    Imperial College London, UK and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the UK

    Anne-Cathrine Viuff
    Assoc. Professor, MD, PhD
    Section council member re-elected in 2019
    Department of Childhood & Adolescent Medicine, Aalborg University Hospital, DK
  • Current activities of the sections

    For the Congress of joint European Neonatal Societies (jENS) in Rome in 2023, sessions are planned on (1) population-based studies evaluating outcomes after hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy in the era of widespread use of hypothermia and (2) neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries.

    Themes for the 2023 pre-congress course are still being finalised, but a theme on Bayesian trials is leading in the polls.

    For those who would like to weigh in on the theme for the next pre-congress course or get information about the Epidemiology Section, please respond to the survey here.

  • Upcoming meetings of the section

    No upcoming meetings are planned atm. More info coming soon!

  • Link to section surveys

    If you are interested in being part of the section or have ideas for us, please respond to the Epi Section survey here.

  • How to engage with us

    Please contact the ESPR Secretariat via We will be more than happy to forward your request to the members of the Epidemiology Section.

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