WEON 2013 very successful
01 July 2013
The WEON, the annual conference of the Dutch Association of Epidemiology, was very successful. This year, the UMC Utrecht Julius Center in collaboration with the University of Utrecht and RIVM(National Institute for Public Health and the Environment) organized the WEON with the theme "Epidemiology in Global Health: Challenges and Methods". Epidemiologists from different perspectives presented the results of their research.
Day 1: Global health
The opening symposium was devoted to the need for epidemiological research on the land borders with the additional methodological pitfalls and possibilities. How can global health inequalities be reduced? Known epidemiologists, like Rick Grobbee, Neil Pearce and Sander Greenland, showed in their presentations how to compare issues in global health epidemiology with issues in epidemiological research in the general (domestic) population. In the afternoon there was the opportunity to attend several parallel sessions, especially with the common denominator of methodology.
Day 2: Infectious Diseases
The morning symposium of the second day was devoted to the methodological aspects of research on the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and influenza. Three known epidemiologists in the field of infectious diseases, Mirjam Kretzschmar, Colin Russell and Chris Dye gave a state-of-the-art overview of the challenges within their field.
After another afternoon full of interesting parallel sessions the day was ended by Marc Bonten and Dick Heederik. They gave their opinion on the statement, "Antibiotic Resistance: Apocalypse Now or Media Hype" In their presentation they said that organic meat from the Netherlands contains as many antibiotics as non-organic meat. The opinions about if the dangers of antibiotic resistance are a real revelation or a media hype are divided.
And the winners are ......
During the conference three awards were awarded. The publication prize for the best Epidemiology article of the last year by a junior researcher that was published in a peer-reviewed journal, a prize for best poster presentation during WEON and a prize for the best abstract and oral presentation.
The publication prize was won by Joris de Groot with his article "Adjusting for partial verification or workup bias in meta-analyzes of diagnostic accuracy studies" published in American Journal of Epidemiology. He has been working at the UMC Utrecht Julius Center as a methodologist. The poster prize was received by Lotte Wijers, a PhD student working at the Radboud University. Her poster was praised by the beautiful layout, relevant questions and up-to-date methodology. Vera Stokkom, an intern from the RIVM, had the best student presentation which awarded her with the student prize. All winners took a bunch of flowers, a certificate and a cash prize home.
Next year another WEON, but organized by the LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center).