Australasian Epidemiological Association News

2015 AEA Early Career Researcher Travel Award
Dr Katy Bell, Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney

In 2015 I was very fortunate to be awarded an AEA ECR Travel Award. This award enabled me to travel to the University of Auckland, New Zealand to meet with Professor Rod Jackson and the researchers involved in ‘Vascular Informatics Using Epidemiology and the Web (VIEW)’. As a result of meeting with Rod and the team, we are now embarking on a number of collaborative research projects involving epidemiologists and statisticians in Sydney, Auckland and Gold Coast. These include the original project I proposed for the travel award -to investigate the clinical usefulness of long term risk prediction equations, as well as further projects examining ways to account for drop-in and drop-out treatment effects when developing contemporary risk equations, and the potential for new highly sensitive troponin tests to lead to Over-diagnosis and Over-treatment. The Travel Award has been incredibly helpful in facilitating what is certain to be a long term and productive collaboration.