Lorentz Center - 1st International Symposium on Lifecourse Epidemiology and Spatial Science (ISLES) from 16 Jul 2018 through 20 Jul 2018
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    1st International Symposium on Lifecourse Epidemiology and Spatial Science (ISLES)
    from 16 Jul 2018 through 20 Jul 2018


Description and aim of the workshop

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are non-infectious diseases or medical conditions that last for long periods of time and progress slowly. According to the World Health Organization Fact Sheets, the four major types of NCDs are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes. NCDs have caused a progressive amount of healthcare spending and reduced the life qualify of patients. In particular, NCDs have disproportionately affected low- and middle-income countries, where almost three quarters (28 million) of all NCD deaths occurred in 2012. NCDs are normally caused by long-term exposure to the toxic/unhealthy environment, which, however, is difficult to be measured in traditional NCD research due to lack of tools. Hence, accurate measurements can be only be taken at a local scale.

Both the volume and availability of remote sensing (RS) satellite data are rapidly growing, especially those with high spatial resolution (e.g. <10m). Earth observation (EO) technologies feature the acquisition and processing of such data, and have been applied to a wide range of areas, such as health, population, ecology, agriculture, geology, and so forth. So far, EO technologies have not been involved in NCD studies as much as have they in studies of infectious diseases.

During this workshop, we will gather experts in both spatial science and public health to explore a variety of open questions, including but not limited to:

1) What, primarily, hinders the development of applications of spatial data and approaches for analysis in chronic disease research?

2) How could we link remote sensing to chronic disease epidemiology in theory?

3) How can we break the isolation of multiple disciplines caused by different principles and methods?

4) How can we measure life course and life-space environmental exposures of survey participants?

At the end of this workshop, we aim to achieve the following goals:

1) To further promote our newly launched International Initiative on Spatial Lifecourse Epidemiology (ISLE);

2) To identify excellent research to be published in GeoHealth special issue in the journal Remote Sensing;

3) To make specific work plans based on the cohort data included in this workshop;

4) To identify potential funding opportunities for collaboration;

5) To co-author and publish a spatial health research agenda;

6) To have interested participants involved in our ongoing research activities supported by the journals International Journal of Epidemiology and Obesity Reviews.

This will be an invitation-only event. The submission of a structured abstract of ≤350 words (Background, Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions) about applying 3S technologies (GIS and GPS, especially RS) to individual-level health research data is strongly encouraged. Although presenting is not necessary for attending this highly interactive workshop, the ISLES organizing committee will review abstracts and prioritize those applicants who have demonstrated a high research quality, an innovative project, close research interests in the ISLES themes, or have a high degree of aligning their presentations with the ISLES themes. Your abstract can be for a lightning talk, a poster, a collaborative project/idea within the ISLES themes, or the willingness to contribute to the ISLES research activities. Inquiries should be addressed to Peng Jia (p.jia@utwente.nl).

There is no fee to register this symposium. Travel, lodging and meals during the symposium will be on participants' own cost. If you need our help to reserve your hotel room, choose “Y” in the “Hotel needed” column when registering.