COST Action CA18218

1st WG meeting & 2nd MC meeting


Date & Place

18-19 February 2020

DTU Food - National Food Institute
Kemitorvet Bygning 202, 2800 Kongens Lyngby, Denmark

Invited speakers

Alessandro Cassini
Alessandro Cassini

Alessandro Cassini is a medical doctor specialised in public health and epidemiology of infectious diseases. After an MSc LSE & LSHTM, he joined the European centre for Disease Prevention and Control to lead the Burden of Communicable Diseases in Europe (BCoDE) project, while also focusing on bridging the communication and technical gap between risk assessors and managers (knowledge translation) and ultimately enhancing informed and evidence-based health policy decision-making. At ECDC, Alessandro has also been responsible for country visits to discuss AMR issues, for field work in outbreak response (e.g. Ebola), for EUCAST and supported the development of risk ranking methodologies. In March 2019, Alessandro joined the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Technical and Clinical Hub (Department of Integrated Health Services) at the World Health Organization.

Richard Juckes
Richard Juckes

Richard Juckes is the head of Health Group at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The AIHW produces authoritative, independent information and statistics to inform and support better policy and service delivery decisions, leading to better health and wellbeing for all Australians. Health Group focuses on the health status of the population, monitoring diseases and risk factors and undertaking Australian Burden of Disease analysis and reporting. Richard has developed expertise across many components of the Australian health system, working in a wide range of health policy and health data roles for over 20 years.

Tarang Sharma
Tarang Sharma

Tarang Sharma is a Technical Officer with the Knowledge Management, Evidence and Research for Policy-making within the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. She has previously worked with the Editorial and Methods department of Cochrane at their headquarters and as a Senior Analyst with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) both in the UK, as well as a Research fellow with the Nordic Cochrane Centre and as a Health Economist with Novo Nordisk in Denmark.
She is interested in supporting the use of evidence in policy-making, knowledge translation, evidence-based priority setting of health research and the inclusion of patient reported outcomes, patient experience and citizen involvement in decision-making, especially in the field of mental health. She has a PhD in Public Health and Epidemiology from the University of Copenhagen a MPH from University of Sheffield (UK) and a MS from New York University (USA).


Tuesday 18 February 2020
9h00 Registration
9h30 Welcome & Presentation of COST action CA18218 burden-eu
— Brecht Devleesschauwer, Action Chair, Sciensano, Belgium
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The BoD network of the WHO Regional Office for Europe
— Christian Gapp, Acting Unit Head, WHO Regional Office for Europe
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10h00 Short-term scientific missions and IPC conference grants
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10h15 COST administration: reimbursement rules
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10h30 Coffee break
11h00 Using temporal heat maps as a visualization tool to analyze time changes: A preliminary analysis of death and disability-adjusted life year rates in the European Union
— João Vasco Santos, ARS Norte / University of Porto, Portugal
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Disease burden in the Nordic region: toll of life style differs among neighbour welfare states. Results from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017
— Ann Kristin Knudsen, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway
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National burden of diseases studies using Disability-Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) measure. Evolution of methods and construction of DALY – the example of Poland, 1997 – 2019
— Katarzyna Kissimova-Skarbek, Jagiellonian University, Poland
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The burden of disease in Spain: Results from GBD 2016
— Joan B Soriano, Hospital de La Princesa, Spain
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Estimating mortality attributed to ill-defined codes of death and at national and local level in Serbia
— Jovana Todorovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
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Development and growth of the Italian Global Burden of Disease Initiative
— Lorenzo Monasta, Institute for Maternal and Child Health, Italy
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Does the choice of life table in Burden of Disease studies impact how causes are ranked?
— Georgia MC Dyer, Lund University, Sweden
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Disease burden calculation in the health impact assessment of the anti-smoking legislation proposal in Hungary
— Balázs Ádám, University of Debrecen, Hungary
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Substituting red meat with pulses in the Danish diet: the impact on disease burden
— Freja Fabricius, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
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Report of pilot workshop 'Estimating the national burden of foodborne disease'
— Lucie Vermeulen, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
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Computing the burden of infectious diseases in an ageing population: Accounting for competing mortality risks
— Scott McDonald, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
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Application of a new methodology and R package reveals a high burden of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in Germany compared to the average in the European Union/European Economic Area, 2011 to 2012
— Sebastian Haller, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
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13h00 Lunch
14h00 Separate WG Sessions – Vertical pillars (WG1-3)
WG3 - Risk Factors
15h30 Coffee break
16h00 Separate WG Sessions – Horizontal pillars (WG4-5)
17h30 Closure of day 1
19h00 burden-eu dinner
Madklubben Bistro-de-Luxe


Wednesday 19 February 2020
9h00 Welcome by Prof. Rasmus Larsen, Executive Vice President and Provost, Technical University of Denmark
9h20 Update on the GBD 2019 study
— Mohsen Naghavi, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (videocall)
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9h40 Measuring the impact of communicable diseases: methodologies, challenges and lessons learned
— Alessandro Cassini, World Health Organization
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10h10 Estimation of burden of disease and recent developments in Australia
— Richard Juckes, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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10h40 Coffee break
11h10 The role of burden of disease analysis in evidence-informed policy making
— Tarang Sharma, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe
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11h40 Presentations of discussions and decisions of the WG meetings
12h55 Closure of Working Group meeting
13h00 Lunch
14h00 Management Committee meeting (restricted to MC members/substitutes/observers)
16h00 Closure of MC meeting


Presenting authorTitle
Ana Catarina Sousa, University of Aveiro, Portugal Dietary exposure to Cadmium and the associated burden – results from a duplicate diet study in Portugal (2012)
Andrea Farioli, University of Bologna, Italy Disability weights for the calculation of DALYs: a new approach to evaluate the efficacy of Countries’ policies
Binyam Desta, University of Waterloo, Canada Estimating the Incidence and Under-reporting of Diarrheal Disease in the General Population of four African LMIC (Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, and Tanzania): the FOCAL Population Survey
Boris Bikbov, Mario Negri Institute, Italy GBD data for health care planning – the importance to account for disproportions in prevalence and disability-adjusted life-years
Che Henry Ngwa, University of Gothenburg, Sweden Disease-specific research funding and burden of disease: A comparative study
David Pereira, University of Porto, Portugal Burden of neoplasms in Portugal (2007-2017)
David Pereira, University of Porto, Portugal Health effects of dietary risks in Portugal
Elena Pallari, Cube Integrated Engineering, Cyprus Alcohol misuse and illicit drug dependence research and disease burden in Europe
Evgenije Novta, University of Novi Sad, Serbia Complete denture based prevalence estimation of edentulism for the Dental Clinic of Vojvodina in the 2008-2019 period
Filippo Ariani, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy Burden of injuries: high sensitivity to selection criteria of what worth to be considered “permanent” disability
Filippo Ariani, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy Data linkage between two different data sources on occupational fatal injuries
Filippo Ariani, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy Estimate of injury burden caused by commuting accidents through linkage of different data sources
Filippo Ariani, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy Gender, nationality and job position differences in burden for occupational injuries
Filippo Ariani, Azienda USL Toscana Centro, Italy Subnational burden of occupational injuries occurred in Italy, 1976 - 2017
Fimka Tozija, Medical School, North Macedonia Road safety and burden of Road Traffic Injuries in Republic of North Macedonia
Giulia Collatuzzo, University of Bologna, Italy Low back pain in European Countries; is the burden explained by known risk factors?
Grant Lewison, King's College London, UK World Cancer Research: Does it Reflect the Disease Burden?
Heli Lehtomäki, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare & University of Eastern Finland, Finland Burden of disease attributable to environmental risks in Finland
Joana Nazaré Morgado, University of Lisbon, Portugal Food choices, health and costs : Effects of substituting red and processed meat intake for plant based foods in the Portuguese population preliminary study of a dietary change
Joao Paulo Teixeira, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal The influence of ambient air pollution on health impacts
João Vasco Santos, University of Porto, Portugal Burden of diseases and injuries attributable to risk factors in European Union (EU-28) in 2017
Jovana Todorovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia Mapping the data sources for burden of disease study in Serbia
Juanma García González, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain The Burden of Premature Mortality: How Does It Affect to Working Ages in USA an Europe?
Juanma García González, Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain Tobacco consumption and gender gap in burden of mortality and life expectancy in Spain
Katarzyna Kissimova-Skarbek, Jagiellonian University, Poland Eliciting main drivers of change of disease burden expressed in DALYs – the case of diabetes mellitus in Poland, 2000 – 2017
Lucie Vermeulen, National Insitute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands Antibiotic resistance related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: Global exposure and burden of disease to ESBL – top-down and bottom-up approaches
Lucie Vermeulen, National Insitute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands Environmental infectious disease burden – what do we know?
Manuel Ribeiro, CERENA, Portugal Spatio-temporal trends of particulate matter and ozone in Portugal: an exposure assessment
Marcel Leppée, Institute for Healthy Ageing, Croatia The Burden of Disease in the Population of Croatia
Neophytos Stylianou, International Institute for Compassionate Care, Cyprus Evaluation of Primary Care Service of Cyprus’s newly established National Health System: the route to implementing burden of disease studies
Ricardo Assunçao, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, Portugal Dietary exposure to aflatoxins in the Portuguese population – the use of biomonitoring data to assess the associated burden
Sonja Scheffel, Main Association of Social Security Institutions, Austria Use of routine data for epidemiology in Austria
Susana Viegas, ENSP-UNL, Portugal Burden of occupational disease estimates can support policies to prevent chemical exposure in the workplaces
Zeljka Stamenkovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia Unexpected changes in leading causes of death and risk factors in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last decade
Zubair Kabir, University College Cork, Ireland The Past, Present and Future Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in Ireland


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