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3rd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference: November 10th 2016
The Health Economics and Policy Analysis Centre will host its 3rd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference on Thursday, November 10, 2016.
The conference, which once again will be organized in conjunction with Novartis Ireland, will bring together an exciting group of academics, industry professionals and clinicians to debate and discuss a significant issue in healthcare. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘Real World Evidence: its use and potential in improving healthcare decision-making’. Among the issues that the speakers will be addressing are:
- How should Real World Evidence be used in reimbursement decisions?
- How has Real World Evidence influenced public health guidelines in areas such as alcohol policy, obesity policy, salt intake etc.?
- How health outcomes in specific illnesses such as prostate cancer can be measured and why such outcomes are critical in designing more efficient healthcare systems.
- What statistical and economic techniques should be employed to ensure that the maximum impact is made from using Real World Evidence to guide decision-making in healthcare?
- How can data analytics change how Real World Evidence is collected and analysed in an ethical way in order to improve individual and population health?
For further information on the programme and on how to register, please go to http://www.conference.ie/index/index.asp
Seminar January 2017
Ciara O'Shea from the Central Statistics Office will present at NUI Galway on January 27th at 2pm. The seminar will be titled: 'Overview of the System of Health Accounts’
More details will be provided in due course.
Seminar September 2016
Dr. Richéal Burns from the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford, will present a HEPAC seminar on Septemeber 19th.
Presentation Title: An Analysis of the Economic Burden of Malignant and Non-Malignant Blood Disorders across 31 European Countries
Presenter: Dr. Richéal Burns, Senior Health Economics Researcher, Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford
Presentation Details: 1-2pm on September 19th, 2016 in the SAC Meeting Room, Cairnes Building
Seminar March 2016
Speaker: Professor John Cawley, Cornell University
Title: Incentivizing Nutritious Diets: A Field Experiment of Relative Price Changes and How They are Framed.
Abstract: This paper examines how consumers respond to price incentives for nutritious relative to less-nutritious foods, and whether the framing of the price incentive as a subsidy for nutritious food or a tax on non-nutritious food influences consumers’ responses. Analyzing transaction data from an 8-month randomized controlled field experiment involving 208 households, we find that a 10% relative price difference between nutritious and less nutritious food does not significantly affect overall purchases, although low-income households respond to the subsidy frame by buying more of both nutritious and less-nutritious food.
Date: March 18th
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: CA 116, Cairnes Building
Live Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86OiKSz4OyU.
Health Economics Master Class 2016
A masterclass in health economics and policy will take place in NUI Galway (Ireland) March 20th - March 24th 2016.
Contributors will include:
John Cawley (Cornell)
Dave Madden (UCD)
Mark McClellan (Brookings)
John Mullahy (Wisconsin)
Anne Nolan (ESRI)
Ciaran O'Neill (Galway)
Eamon O'Shea (Galway)
Mark Pauly (Pennsylvania)
Jody Sindelar (Yale)
Jonathan Skinner (Dartmouth)
This is being provided on a strictly non-profit basis with support from sponsors including Abbvie.Registration fees will be capped accordingly for students and academics at 500 euro. It is aimed at early career researchers, post-doctoral fellows and suitably trained doctoral fellows.
Registration is availble at the following link: http://www.conference.ie/index/index.asp
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Seminar February 2016
Professor Joanna Coast from the University of Bristol presented at NUI Galway on February 18th 2016.
The title of the presentation is: "A capability based focus for economic evaluation? Past, present and future research with the ICECAP measures".
You can watch the event at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elF3GhwZzgY
2nd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference: November 3rd 2015
In November 2014, the Health Economics and Policy Analysis (HEPA) research group at NUI Galway organized the first in a series of annual conference that address important issues in healthcare. The first conference focused on ‘Pricing Healthcare’ and featured speakers from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds from Ireland and the UK.
The second conference in this series, which is jointly organised with Novartis Ireland, will be held at NUI Galway on November 3, 2015.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Adherence’. We think that this is a critical issue in a large number of healthcare situations. A relatively simple example is how to ensure that patients adhere to the medication that is prescribed to them. Another example is how medical professionals can be persuaded to adhere to care guidelines. On a broader public health level an important issue is how people in general can adhere to good practice as regards diet, exercise and the consumption of tobacco and alcohol.
These topics and others will be addressed by experts from a variety of disciplines including economics, psychology, medicine, and pharmaceutical science and from a variety of perspectives including academic, health service providers, patient groups, and the pharmaceutical industry.
The format of the 2nd conference will be very similar to the first conference with presentations by national and international experts from a variety of perspectives. There will be ample opportunity throughout the day for contributions from the audience. The conference will be streamed live and viewers will be able to ask questions via email or twitter.
Register at www.conference.iebefore the 30th October. Places are limited.
Venue: The conference will be held in the newly constructed ILAS Building on the North Campus of NUI Galway (see http://www.nuigalway.ie/ilas/about/ for details).
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HRB TRN Workshop 2015
HRB-TMRN Workshop: An Introduction to Economic Evaluation Alongside Randomised Controlled Trials
23rd October 2015, 9am-5pm, Cairnes Suite, JE Cairnes Building, NUI Galway.
Dr Paddy Gillespie, from the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group at NUI Galway, will host a workshop on behalf of the Health Research Board - Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN). This one-day course will provide an in-depth introduction to methods, techniques and use of economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials in health care. The course is aimed at those with no, or little, previous training in health economics and will involve a mixture of formal presentations and practical computer-based sessions. The aim of the course is to provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to:
- Understand and implement the methods of economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials.
Understand the issues with respect to the identification, valuation and measurement of cost and health outcome data for economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials.
Understand the issues with respect to the analysis of uncertainty in economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials.
For further information please visit the HRB-TMRN webpage: https://www.hrb-tmrn.ie/
Seminar March 2015
Professor Karl Claxton from the University of York presented at NUI Galway on March 6th 2015. The title of the presentation is: "Methods for Estimating the Cost Effectiveness Threshold for NICE and the NHS".
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The Economics of Disability - Insights from Irish Research
New Book: The Economics of Disability - Insights from Irish Research
This new book, co-edited by Dr. John Cullinan and published by Manchester University Press, brings together research relating to the economics of disability in Ireland. It addresses a range of issues of relevance to the economic circumstances of people with disabilities, considering topics such as social inclusion, poverty, the labour market, living standards and public policy. It also considers issues of specific relevance to children, working-age adults and older people with disabilities, providing important evidence that can help improve disability policies, services and supports. Each chapter presents a clear and relatively non-technical treatment of the specific topic under consideration, making it accessible to a greater number of interested readers. In doing so, it provides an important addition to our knowledge and understanding of the economics of disability and will serve as a useful and up-to-date resource for a range of interested parties both in Ireland and internationally.
For more details, see http://www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/cgi-bin/indexer?product=9780719089275
Pricing Healthcare Conference 2014
The Health Economics and Policy Analysis research group hosted a conference on the role of health economic evaluation in healthcare resource allocation on November 4 2014. The aim of the conference, which was organised with the Market Access and Health Outcomes group in Novartis Ireland, was to bring together academics and key stakeholders to discuss the role of health economic evaluation in Ireland.
Please follow the links below for the presentations from selected speakers:
Research Bulletin Series
The HEPA Research Bulletin Series seeks to present the groups' academic output in a more informal and accessible form. The bulletins are available to download at the following link:
HRB Leader Award 2014
New Lecturer in Health Economics 2014
Seminar February 2014
Dr. Anne Nolan presented a seminar at NUI Galway on February 28th titled: Public Healthcare Eligibility and the Utilisation of GP Services by Older People in Ireland
Dr. Nolan is the Research Director of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA). She joined TILDA in September 2013 on secondment from the Economic and Social Research Institute. Her main research interest is health economics, with a particular focus on healthcare financing and access, socio-economic inequalities in health, and Irish health policy. She has published numerousarticles on these topics in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Economic and Social Review, Health Economics, Policy and Law, and Health Economics.
Seminar January 2014: Economics of Obesity Conference
The Health Economics and Policy Analysis group hosted a one day conference on the Economics of Obesity on January 17th 2014.
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Research on Childhood Obesity
Recently completed research by Brendan Walsh and John Cullinan examining inequalities in childhood obesity in Ireland was reported in the Irish Independent. For further information, please see:
Seminar November 2013
Dr Ramon Luengo-Fernandez from the University of Oxford presented at NUI Galway in November 2013. The following link is for the video of Dr Luengo-Fernandez's presentation:
ISPOR Conference 2013
Members of the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group attending the ISPOR European Congress in Dublin in November 2013.
Left to Right: Brendan Walsh, Stephen O'Neill, Patricia Carney, Prof Ciaran O'Neill, Richéal Burns, Alan O Ceilleachair
Cancer Research Website Launch
The Economics of Cancer Research Group website has officially been launched. The website was established to bring together researchers interested in the area of the economics of cancer both in Ireland and internationally. For further information, please see:
Seminar September 2013
Dr Anirban Basu from the University of Washington presented at NUI Galway in September 2013. The following link is for the video of Dr Basu's presentation:
Seminar September 2013
Professor Bengt Jonsson from the Stockholm School of Economics presented at NUI Galway in September 2013. The following link is for the video of Professor Jonsson's presentation:
Seminar May 2013
Professor Kevin Frick from John Hopkins presented at NUI Galway in May 2013. The following link is for the video of Professor Frick's presentation:
Seminar March 2013
Professor Mark Sculpher from the University of York presented at NUI Galway in March 2013. The following link is for the video of Professor Sculpher's presentation:
Seminar April 2012
Professor Eamon O'Shea presented on 'Reforming Health Production in Ireland' at the Critical Issues in Irish Society Network's annual conference in April 2012 at UCD. The following link is for the video of Dr Basu's presentation:
Seminar March 2012
Professor Eamon O'Shea presented on the 'Burden of Dementia in Ireland' at Trinity College Dublin in March 2012.
Professor John Mullaghy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison visited NUI Galway in October 2013. Below is a picture of John with members of the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group and students from the MSc in Health Economics: