COST ACTION CA18208

Novel tools for test evaluation and disease prevalence estimation

HARMONY

DESCRIPTION OF THE ACTION

Epidemiological studies assessing disease prevalence are critically important to both the identification and control of pathogens in humans and animals (including zoonosis and food borne outbreaks).

However, countries typically collect data in a way that is best suited for their specific needs, and non-standardized sampling strategies and diagnostic methods produce prevalence estimates that cannot be directly compared. Hence, the need for harmonization, which has been often highlighted in reports of relevant EU institutions, like the ECDC and EFSA. Despite the availability of appropriate statistical methods – Bayesian Latent Class Models (BLCMs) – that adjust for the imperfect accuracy of the diagnostic process and produce comparable prevalence estimates, the number of research studies and scientific reports that use them is small compared to the number of instances that use of such methods would have been optimal.

The objective of this proposal is to coordinate and promote the implementation of BLCMs through networking and knowledge transfer between BLCM experts and researchers working in statistics, epidemiology, diagnostics and population health. Specifically, we will (a) increase the visibility and collaboration of BLCM researchers, (b) promote stakeholder engagement, (c) provide training and networking opportunities for ECIs and ITC researchers, (d) create separate training opportunities for policy makers and stakeholders, (e) establish a free online BLCMs repository, (f) set up an International society for BLCMs and (g) organize the first international conference of this society. The strongest asset of this proposal is its strong interdisciplinary nature and broad network of proposers.

Bayesian Latent Class models – Meta-Analysis: An Introduction
31 August, 2022 
- 2 September, 2022
Venue: University of Novi Sad - Rectorate, address: Dr Zorana Djindjića 1, 21102 Novi Sad
The Action members from Serbia are organizing a three-day training school, hosted in Novi Sad, Serbia [31 August – 2 September 2022]. Sara Savić, Marina Žekić, Marija Glisic, Eleftherios Meletis , Konstantinos Pateras and Julio Álvarez are organizing a three-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration...
Bayesian Latent Class Models to evaluate diagnostic tests in the absence of a gold standard
14 July, 2022 
- 15 July, 2022
Venue: Winterthurerstr 190, University of Zurich, Zurich, 8057, Switzerland
The Action members from Switzerland are organizing a two-day training school, hosted in Zurich, Switzerland [14 – 15 July 2022]. Sonja Hartnack, Valerie Hungerbühler and Eleftherios Meletis are organizing a two-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration detailsWhere to Register: https://forms.gle/3sT4Xq8djQi1AUhR7Deadline...
Introduction to Bayesian Latent Class Models for diagnostic test evaluation
8 June, 2022 
- 10 June, 2022
Venue: Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden
The Action members from Sweden are organizing a three-day training school, hosted by the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden [8 – 10 June 2022]. Arianna Comin and Matthew Denwood are organizing a three-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration detailsWhere to...
Bayesian Latent Class models – Meta-Analysis: An Introduction
31 August, 2022 
- 2 September, 2022
Venue: University of Novi Sad - Rectorate, address: Dr Zorana Djindjića 1, 21102 Novi Sad
The Action members from Serbia are organizing a three-day training school, hosted in Novi Sad, Serbia [31 August – 2 September 2022]. Sara Savić, Marina Žekić, Marija Glisic, Eleftherios Meletis , Konstantinos Pateras and Julio Álvarez are organizing a three-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration...
Bayesian Latent Class Models to evaluate diagnostic tests in the absence of a gold standard
14 July, 2022 
- 15 July, 2022
Venue: Winterthurerstr 190, University of Zurich, Zurich, 8057, Switzerland
The Action members from Switzerland are organizing a two-day training school, hosted in Zurich, Switzerland [14 – 15 July 2022]. Sonja Hartnack, Valerie Hungerbühler and Eleftherios Meletis are organizing a two-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration detailsWhere to Register: https://forms.gle/3sT4Xq8djQi1AUhR7Deadline...
Introduction to Bayesian Latent Class Models for diagnostic test evaluation
8 June, 2022 
- 10 June, 2022
Venue: Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden
The Action members from Sweden are organizing a three-day training school, hosted by the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA), Uppsala, Sweden [8 – 10 June 2022]. Arianna Comin and Matthew Denwood are organizing a three-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according to COST rules.  Registration detailsWhere to...
24 Steps to Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
30 May, 2022 
- 1 June, 2022
Venue: Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland
The Action members from Switzerland are organizing a three-day training school, hosted by the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland [30 May – 1 June 2022]. Taulant Muka, Oscar H. Franco, Arjola Bano, Marija Glisic, are organizing  a three-day training school.  The training school is going to be delivered face-to-face and all eligible physically attending participants will be reimbursed according...