COST Action CA18218

[Webinar] Quantifying COVID-19 disease burden

Friday 20 November 2020, 11h-12h CET

About the webinar

The webinar aimed to provide initial insights in the COVID-19 disease burden and uncover the key decisions and assumptions when estimating COVID-19 disease burden. The webinar is open to anyone with an interest in COVID-19 and disease burden.

This webinar was co-organized by the burden-eu COST Action and unCoVer, an EC-Sponsored (CSA grant 101016216) network of partners capable of harvesting real-world data derived from the response and provision of care to patients by the health systems across Europe, and internationally during the COVID-19 pandemic.


11h00 Welcome & Introduction
— Prof Dr Brecht Devleesschauwer, Action Chair, Sciensano, Belgium
— Prof Dr José Peñalvo, unCoVer coordinator, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
11h05 Overview of burden-eu COVID-19 activities (with Q&A)
— Mr Grant Wyper, Public Health Scotland, UK
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11h20 Assessing the burden of COVID-19 in the Netherlands: exploration of the necessary decisions and assumptions (with Q&A)
— Dr Giske Lagerweij, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
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11h35 The burden of disease due to COVID-19 in Korea using Disability-Adjusted Life Years (with Q&A)
— Prof Dr Min-Woo Jo, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
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11h50 General discussion


Grant Wyper
Grant Wyper

Mr Grant Wyper is a public health intelligence adviser at Public Health Scotland, UK, where he contributes towards the delivery of the Scottish Burden of Disease study. His background is in Statistics, and his interests are harnessing routine administrative data to monitor population-level health, and inequalities. He also has interests in the evaluation of policy interventions, designed to improve population health outcomes.

Giske Lagerweij
Giske Lagerweij

Dr Giske Lagerweij is a researcher at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment from the Netherlands. Her research focusses mainly on modelling and assessing the burden of infectious diseases. Giske has a degree in Applied Mathematics and Epidemiology and her PhD topic was on prediction models and assessing the impact of intervention for cardiovascular disease.

Min-Woo Jo
Min-Woo Jo

Prof Dr Min-Woo Jo is a professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. He holds a medical doctor license, a certification of preventive medicine specialists, and a Ph.D. degree for preventive medicine. His research fields are the quality of life, burden of disease, utility, economic evaluation, and quality of care. Prof Jo has joined the Korean National Burden of Disease Study team that is leading by Professor Seok-Jun Yoon.

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