The Epidemiology Council is a new ISPAH council formed in 2019. Our overarching aim is to advance the science of physical activity epidemiology.
Since the 1990s, a range of new statistical approaches have been developed to improve causal inference in observational research and quantitatively estimate the impact of measurement error, exposure misclassification and selection bias on the results of observational studies. Physical activity epidemiology has not kept pace with these methodological advances.
The Epidemiology Council will promote awareness and knowledge of contemporary causal inference and quantitative bias assessment methods.
It aims to:
Contribute to evidence-informed advocacy by helping to build a stronger and more robust evidence base to better inform public health guidelines.
Contribute to education of ISPAH members by facilitating training opportunities, hosting online webinars and journal clubs, and providing input into the biannual ISPAH Congress and associated workshops.
Build capacity by fostering the development of physical activity epidemiology internationally, by developing the Physical Activity Cohort Study Repository (PACE). This resource will facilitate researchers returning to existing cohort studies with multiple assessment time points and using contemporary causal inference methods to provide stronger evidence.
You can become a member of the Epidemiology Council by selecting to join when initiating or renewing your ISPAH membership. Current ISPAH members can join the Epidemiology Council by contacting the Council Secretary, Suzanne Dixon-Suen: firstname.lastname@example.org