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iHEA Newsletter - September 2018

Thursday, September 27, 2018   (0 Comments)
International Health Economics Association
iHEA News is the official newsletter of the International Health Economics Association.
Please note that this newsletter only contains summaries. To access a full version PDF of this newsletter, please click here.
Executive Update
Announcing the Launch of the Repository of Training Materials
A priority activity over the last few months has been designing a web-based repository of training materials, which is an initiative of iHEA's Teaching Health Economics Special Interest Group (THE SIG - see update on THE SIG update activities later in this newsletter). The aim is to provide an integrated, centralized repository where health economics teachers from around the world can locate material to enhance the delivery of their teaching programs.

We are pleased to announce that the repository is now publicly available. We encourage you to explore the material already uploaded, and also to consider contributing materials to the repository on a Creative Commons basis to make this a truly international resource.

Are you Making use of Opportunities to Network with Fellow iHEA Members?
Whenever we engage with members about the priority activities for iHEA to undertake, the highest priority other than hosting the biennial congress is to facilitate networking among health economists with shared research, teaching and/or policy interests (see for example the 2018 Member Survey). Over the past year, several initiatives have been launched to provide networking opportunities which we like to encourage members to use.
Why Not Join a Special Interest Group (SIG)...
Seven SIGs have been established specifically to provide platforms for professional interaction between iHEA members with common interests. These SIGs are becoming more and more active, organizing webinars and encouraging engagement between members through discussion forums. Why not find out more about these SIGs on our website and join one or more of them.
...or Find Colleagues to Connect With on SocialLink!
You can either use SocialLink via the downloadable app  (apple | android) or simply by logging in to your member account on the iHEA website. It is very easy to search the iHEA member directory by typing in a keyword (e.g. "pharmaceutical" in the screenshot below) and all members who undertake research in this area will be listed. You can view their information (e.g. institution, location, other research interests, ORCID iD, webpage, etc.) and can send them a message. Why not use SocialLink to find colleagues to work with on an organized session proposal for the 2019 iHEA Congress or to explore collaborating on a research project? You can learn more about using SocialLink online here!
- Diane McIntrye, iHEA Executive Director
iHEA Congress News
Abstract Submissions Now Open: 2019 iHEA World Congress on Health Economics, 13-17 July 2019, Basel
We hope to see many of you in Basel for the 2019 iHEA World Congress and encourage you to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Committee! We particularly encourage the submission of organized sessions in the form of presentation or panel sessions. There is more information on abstract submissions available online here.

Important dates:

Abstract submissions close: Monday, December 10, 2018
Abstract review results announced: March, 2019
Student Paper Prize
Call for Nominations for the 2019 iHEA Annual Student Paper Prize
Deadline for nominations: January 11, 2019
The International Health Economics Association (iHEA) is pleased to invite nominations for the Annual Student Paper Prize in Health Economics.  

Nominations should include a brief letter of nomination (250 words max) and a copy of the paper (preferably pdf).

A student is defined as someone currently studying (full or part time) at a higher education institution, at either Masters or Doctoral level. In addition, students who have completed their studies in the year previous to the announcement qualify as long as the paper was written while registered as a student.

Papers can be published or unpublished, but must be in comparable format to a published paper in Journal of Health Economics or Health Economics, of maximum length 8,000 words.  Self nomination is acceptable. Papers should be in English. If a submitted paper has more than one author, the student contribution must be at least 75% overall and an accompanying letter must be signed by co-authors to support this, stating the nature of their contribution (conceptualization, analysis, writing etc.). A joint student paper with 50-50 contributions is acceptable.  Previous winners are not eligible.


Papers will be reviewed by an International Committee chaired by Professor Bruce Hollingsworth.


The Prize will be subsidized travel and attendance at the 2019 iHEA Congress in Basel to present the paper in a Student Prize Special Organised Session chaired by the iHEA President, or Chair of the Prize Committee; the equivalent of US$1,000; and the offer (if the author wishes, and the paper is unpublished) of potential fast track publication in Health Economics, subject to Editorial approval.  


The papers in 2nd and 3rd place will receive the equivalent of US$250 each and free registration (but not travel) at the 2019 Basel iHEA Congress. They will be invited to give brief presentations at the iHEA Congress Student Prize Special Organized Session.  


For further information click here


Please submit nominations, and address queries by email to:

SIG News 
Teaching Health Economics (THE) SIG
It has been a busy last few months for our SIG, some of which has involved 'behind the scenes' planning by the SIG conveners for more active engagement with all SIG members.  

SIG members Maia Platt, Allen Goodman and Jill Boylston Herndon organized and facilitated a workshop on teaching health economics at the 7th Annual Conference of the American Health Economics Association in early June.  More details on this session can be found in the June iHEA newsletter.

We have been particularly busy developing an international repository of health economics teaching material. This will be a global resource of sharing materials and best practice to promote and encourage the training of the next generations of health economists.  More information on the rationale behind the creation of this repository can be found here: Frew et al. (2018). Building an international health economics teaching network. Health Economics 27: 919-922. The focus of activities to date have been to design the repository webpages and to load materials that were compiled by the UK Health Economics education (HEe) initiative. We are indebted to Emma Frew, Nancy Devlin and Heather Brown who were involved in establishing and developing the HEe resources and who supported their integration into the new international repository. We are now actively seeking additional materials to share through the repository to expand the range and number of resources available.  We will keep you updated on progress of the repository and hope that you will all find it useful and contribute material!

We also want to draw your attention to a forum posted on the THE SIG SocialLink group forum by Maia Platt (accessible to signed-in iHEA members only). We would like to know your views on a potential organized session, for the 2019 iHEA Congress in Basel, on teaching health economics to health care professionals and how to engage this important group with health economics.

Keeping on the theme of the next iHEA congress in Basel, teaching health economics is now officially included in the list of health economics fields. Organized session proposals are encouraged to the broad field of "New Developments in Methodology". Individual abstracts are encouraged for the Special Invited Session (SIS) “Addressing the Health Economics Capacity Shortfall Through Quality Health Economics Teaching”.  We hope to see some of your work on the innovative teaching that is going on in health economics presented at the Congress!

We are also planning a half-day pre-congress session for the 2019 Congress, with a focus on workshopping ways to promote active learning in health economics courses.

Finally, we would love for you to join our SIG, if this newsletter item has peaked your interest!

- Heather Brown, Newcastle University

Early Career Researcher (ECR) SIG
Early Career Researcher Interview Series: Interview 2 with Giulia Ferrari
The Early Career Researcher Interview Series is an initiative led by the iHEA Early Career Researcher  Special Interest Group (ECR-SIG). The aim of this interview series is to showcase the diversity of people in the ECR subgroup in iHEA. By interviewing a variety of ECRs, we hope to describe the many interesting and emerging career paths available to ECRs in health economics, highlight the choices that individuals have made to help them to reach this point in their career, and reveal how ECRs are navigating the various challenges that they face.

The second interview of this series is with Giulia Ferrari. Giulia is a Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to this appointment, Giulia completed her PhD in International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Giulia has more than ten years of  experience in socio-economic research on violence in sub-Saharan Africa and the UK, and has worked as a consultant in the international and sustainable development fields. Angela Esi Micah and James Buchanan, two of the conveners of the ECR-SIG, spoke to Giulia in September 2018 to discuss the importance of the doctoral research environment, the advantages and disadvantages of part-time PhDs, and her research on gender-based violence in lower and middle income countries.

To read the full interview on the ECR SIG webpage click here.
iHEA Webinars
Thank you to all who Attended our First Webinar, Presented by the ECR SIG!
Our first webinar Bridging the Gap Between Research and Policy for Early Career Researchers in Health Economics, hosted by the ECR SIG, was held on Friday, September 21. The slides and recording from this webinar are now available online hereInformation on any upcoming webinars can also be found on this page. 

If you have any questions or feedback around iHEA webinars, please reach out to us at
Career Center 
The iHEA Career Center allows you to post your job openings and fellowships, find potential candidates and search new positions. It is open to members and non-members alike. You are able to search by Keyword, Country, Organization, Job category and more. We encourage everyone to click here to view this wonderful resource. We do hope that you utilize this tool and should you have any questions, please reach out to
Stay Connected
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