Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests:
24th-25th July 2008
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health,
University of Birmingham
Registration and First Call for Papers
The design, execution, analysis, reporting and implementation of evaluations of medical tests present unique methodological challenges, which are currently the subject of research and development.
This multidisciplinary symposium provides a forum for disseminating recent research and stimulating dialogue amongst researchers and healthcare professionals actively involved in evaluating medical tests. Hosted by the Diagnostic Research Group in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, the 2008 event will promote the importance of research into all aspects of medical diagnostics.
The two-day conference is organised jointly with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine <http://www.cebm.net/> , Oxford, and presents an opportunity to debate practice, methodological issues and current/recent research in the field of medical tests.
Both days will be in plenary format, with each session containing an invited keynote speaker and submitted oral presentations. Posters will be displayed throughout the meeting.
Themes for 2008:
1. Methodological Issues in studies of test accuracy
2. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic tests
3. Monitoring, prognosis and other purposes of tests
4. Evaluating impacts of tests on patients and resources
5. Applying evaluations in practice
Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Andrea Rita Hovarth, Professor of Clinical Chemistry, University of Szeged (Hungary)
Constantine Gatsonis, Director of the Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University (USA)
Jon Deeks, Professor of Health Statistics, University of Birmingham (UK)
Nick Summerton, Consultant Clinical and Public Health Advisor, NICE (UK)
Paul Glasziou, Professor of Evidence-based Medicine, University of Oxford (UK)
Sally Lord, Epidemiologist, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney (Australia)
Registration for this event will close on 1st July 2008, with discounted fees available until 31st May.
Please visit the conference website for registration forms and further information: