Members’ Database

Members’ Database
Julio Alvarez

Julio Alvarez

WG2 Co-leader & MC Member,
 Spain

Area of expertise
Veterinary diagnostics, Bayesian Latent Class Models (BLCMs) applied on dichotomic test results

Area of interest
Analysis of continuous data to select optimal cut-offs and/or models that incorporate covariates

Current research task
Analysis of data coming from bovine tuberculosis (bTB) ELISA tests

VISAVET Health Surveillance Center
Robertas Alzbutas

Robertas Alzbutas

MC Substitute,
 Lithuania

Area of expertise
Advanced Safety Assessment Methodologies, Bayesian Analysis, Probabilistic Dynamics, Structural analysis, Joint Evaluation of
Connected Health Technologies, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Human Reliability, Smart Wearable Sport and Health Solutions, Reliability Engineering, Extreme Events Analysis, Design and Optimization, Structural analysis, Uncertainty analysis, Risk and hazard analysis, Nuclear fusion research, Integrated Risk-Informed Decision Making

Area of interest
Coordination of New International Projects

Current research task
Probabilistic assessment of resistance parameters for COVID-19 related decisions. The project’s activities would aim to determine the relevant resistance parameters, derive relevant formulas, acquire new knowledge and create probabilistic models, software tools and use the available data to evaluate the probabilistic parameters and their accuracy. The mathematical theory of reliability, random processes, survival and epidemiology, mathematical data analysis and statistical methods (e. g. Bayesian methods, various probabilistic distributions) will be applied in the analysis and modeling of events and dynamics. If necessary, big data analytics and applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning will be used

Kaunas University of Technology
Miroslav Benić

Miroslav Benić

MC Member,
 Croatia

Area of expertise
Microbiology, Mastitis, Epidemiology

Area of interest
Genotyping of bacterial pathogens

Croatian veterinary institute
Boris Bikbov

Boris Bikbov

MC Substitute,
 Italy

Area of expertise
Epidemiology of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Public Health, Kidney disease, Systematic reviews

Area of interest
Systematic reviews, Modeling of diagnostic tests Se/ Sp, Modeling of disease prevalence

Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry
Sorana D. Bolboaca

Sorana D. Bolboacă

WG5 Active Co-leader & MC Member,
 Romania

Area of expertise
Radiology and medical imaging, Medical research methods

Area of interest
Understanding BLCMs

Current research task
Blood measurements on patients with cancer – try to identify which ones are useful markers for prediction

Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca
Dora Buonfrate

Dora Buonfrate

MC Member,
 Italy

Area of expertise
Clinical aspects of infectious diseases and public health aspects related to the control of neglected tropical diseases

Area of interest
1. Methodology for evaluation of diagnostic tests in absence of a diagnostic gold standard
2. Methodology for estimation of disease prevalence
3. Cost-effectiveness in different settings (high-low incomes countries)

IRCCS Sacro Cuore Don Calabria hospital
Arianna Comin

Arianna Comin

WG4 Co-leader & MC Member,
 Sweden

Area of expertise
1. Epidemiological analyses of animal health and welfare data
2. Basic BLCMs for diagnostic test evaluation

Area of interest
BLCMs for diagnostic test evaluation with covariates, test dependencies and different test performances across populations

Current research task
Sensitivity (Se) and Specificity (Sp) of meat inspection performed by different “types” of inspectors (i.e. more/less specialized). The main problem is that the same “type” of inspector does not perform exactly the same in different abattoirs (i.e. like if a diagnostic test performs differently in different labs)

National Veterinary Institute - SVA
paolo_eusebi

Paolo Eusebi

WG1 Leader & MC Member,
 Italy

Area of expertise
Diagnostic meta-analyses & mixture models

Area of interest
Programming and systematic review of literature

Current research task
1. Use of healthcare electronic data for incidence and prevalence estimation
2. Collaboration for systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Regione Umbria
david faraggi

David Faraggi

MC Member,
 Israel

Area of expertise
Biostatistics, Clinical trials, Receiver Operating characteristic (ROC) curves, Neural networks

Area of interest
Clinical and practical aspects, Bayesian approach

Current research task
1. Development of a web based modular platform to manage and collect data that can be easily adapted to any study design
2. Head of the Statistical Consulting Unit that can serve as a Data Coordinating Center for any study

University of Haifa, Israel
ffischer

Felix Fischer

MC Member,
 Germany

Area of expertise
Patient-reported outcome measurement and use of health questionnaires as diagnostic tools

Area of interest
Accounting for measurement error in prevalence estimation

Current research task
Diagnostic accuracy of the Patient Health Questionaire-9 (PHQ-9) 

Charite Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Oscar_Franco2

Oscar Franco

MC Member,
 Switzerland

Area of expertise
Epidemiology, Life tables, Cardiovascular prevention, Ageing

Area of interest
Health economics, modelling

University of Bern
Sonja_Hartnack

Sonja Hartnack

WG2 Active Co-leader & MC Substitute,
 Switzerland

Area of expertise
Veterinary Public Health, Biostatistics, Veterinary Medical Ethics

Area of interest
BLCMs with covariates and random effects

Current research task
BLCM for COVID-19 diagnostic tests

Vetsuisse faculty
tomas iesmantas

Tomas Iesmantas

MC Member,
 Lithuania

Area of expertise
Bayesian inference, MCMC, Machine learning, Deep learning

Area of interest
1. Application of deep learning development of new methods (and more general machine learning) to biomedical cases like cell segmentation, histological image classification, MRI segmentation for multiple sclerosis, etc.
2.Application of MCMC techniques for Bayesian inference in survival models (hierarchical, spatial dependence, etc.)

Kaunas University of Technology
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Jörn Klein

WG1 Active Co-leader & MC Member,
 Norway

Area of expertise
Infection prevention, Virology

Area of interest
Epidemiology

Current research task
Airborne transmission of SARS-COV2

University of Southeast Norway
Tanja Knific

Tanja Knific

MC Member,
 Slovenia

Area of expertise
Veterinary epidemiology and economics

Area of interest
1. Sampling design for Bayesian diagnostic test evaluation
2. Bayesian methods for disease transmission and cost estimation

Current research task
I developed a compartmental model for paratuberculosis spread in a small herd (using EMULSION) and a model for human exposure assessment (using @RISK). Later this year I plan to extend these models and try to use Bayesian methods

University of Ljubljana
xhelil koleci

Xhelil Koleci

MC Substitute,
 Albania

Area of expertise
Veterinary epidemiology and infectious diseases

Area of interest
Modeling, Data Analyzing, R

Agricultural University of Tirana
Polychronis_Kostoulas

Polychronis Kostoulas

Action Chair,
 Greece

Area of expertise
1. Epidemiological analyses
2. BLCMs for diagnostic test evaluation

Area of interest
Evaluation of diagnostic tests

Current research task
BLCMs for the evaluation of diagnostic tests, true prevalence estimation and poof of disease freedom

University of Thessaly
Siniša Lakić1

Siniša Lakić

MC Member,
 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Area of expertise
Educating students in statistics (frequentist and Bayesian; statistics for psychologists), frequentist Latent Class Analysis, as used in social science

Area of interest
Participate in writing a common-sense argumentative guide and/or creating an online tutorial on conducting analyses using BLCMs for beginners

University of Banja Luka
marcel leppee 2

Marcel Leppée

STSM Coordinator & MC Member,
 Croatia

Area of expertise
Networking and Knowledge sharing

Area of interest
Data of true disease prevalence with BLCMs

Current research task
Epidemiological research of zoonosis

Institute for Healthy Ageing
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Thibaut Lurier

MC Member,
 France

Area of expertise
BLCMs, Farm animal medicine and surgery

Area of interest
Handling of continuous data

Current research task
BLCMs generalization to continuous data

eleftherios meletis

Eleftherios Meletis

Grant Holder Manager,
 Greece

Area of expertise
Application of Bayesian methods in the evaluation of diagnostic tests and true prevalence estimation

Area of interest
Available datasets that can be used to develop & apply BLCMs

University of Thessaly
Sasa Missoni

Saša Missoni

MC Substitute,
 Croatia

Area of expertise
Research on complex diseases

Area of interest
Bioinformatics

Current research task
Child growth, prevention of complex disease, isolated population

soren saxmose nielsen

Søren Saxmose Nielsen

MC Member,
 Denmark

Area of expertise
Paratuberculosis, Cattle, Infectious diseases

Area of interest
Modelling prevalence when the infection is latent

University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Ömer Orkun

Ömer Orkun

MC Member,
 Turkey

Area of expertise
Epidemiology, mainly relating with ticks and tick-borne pathogens

Area of interest
1. Novel research projects dealing with the epidemiology of tick-borne pathogens, and their early warning systems (using statistical methods)
2. Writing scientific papers relating with spatial distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases and some meta-analyses of them

Current research task
Molecular epidemiology of multiple tick-borne pathogens, which cause infection in both animals and/or humans, in ticks and vertebrate host (mainly including wild and domestic animals); such as Crimean–Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF), Spotted fever group (SFG) rickettsiae, Lyme borreliosis, babesiosis, theileriosis, anaplasmosis etc.

László Ózsvári

László Ózsvári

MC Member,
 Hungary

Area of expertise
Animal health economics and veterinary administration (State veterinary medicine)

Area of interest
1. Application of BLCMs
2. Estimations on prevalence and production impact of diseases

Current research task
Paratuberculosis (PTBC) – related issues

University of Veterinary Medicine, Budapest
sara savic

Sara Savic

MC Member,
 Serbia

Area of expertise
Zoonotic diseases, Vector borne diseases, Diagnostics, Methodology

Area of interest
True prevalence estimation

Current research task
True prevalence estimation instead of apparent prevalence estimation (positive/analyzed), which is currently used in our research

Scientific veterinary institute "Novi Sad"
Carolina Soledad Romero

Carolina Soledad Romero García

MC Substitute,
 Spain

Area of expertise
Anesthesia and Critical Care, Evidence based research, Statistics communicator in human medicine

Area of interest
Application of BLCMs and Neural Networks

Current research task
Clinical scores for predicting COVID-19 hospitalisation, Spatiotemporal spread of COVID-19, Pain and neural networks, Medical software and health digitalization

Hospital General Universitario
michel vaillant

Michel Vaillant

MC Member,
 Luxembourg

Area of expertise
Public Health, Clinical Trials, Neglected Tropical Diseases

Area of interest
BLCMs & Metanalyses

Current research task
Metanalysis of diagnostic studies of Schistosomiasis in low prevalence settings

Luxembourg Institute of Health