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Publications - September 2019.

Jayne D, Pigazzi A, Marshall H, Croft J, Corrigan N, Copeland J, Quirke P, West N, Edlin R, Hulme C, Brown J. RObotic versus LAparoscopic Resection for Rectal cancer (ROLARR). Robotic-assisted surgery compared with laparoscopic resection surgery for rectal cancer: the ROLARR RCT Efficacy Mech Eval 2019 Sep;6(10)

Nixon J, Brown S, Smith IL, McGinnis E, Vargas-Palacios A, Nelson EA, Brown J, Coleman S, Collier H, Fernandez C, Gilberts R, Henderson V, McCabe C, Muir D, Rutherford C, Stubbs N, Thorpe B, Wallner K, Walker K, Wilson L, Hulme C. Comparing alternating pressure mattresses and high-specification foam mattresses to prevent pressure ulcers in high-risk patients: the PRESSURE 2 RCT. Health Technol Assess 2019 Sep;23(52):1-176.

Nixon J, Smith I; Brown S; McGinnis E; Vargas-Palacios A; Nelson EA; Coleman S; Collier H; Fernandez C; Gilberts R; Henderson V; Muir D; Stubbs N; Walker K; Wilson L; Hulme C. Pressure relieving support surfaces for pressure ulcer prevention (PRESSURE 2): clinical and health economic results of a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2019 Sep 03; In Press

Green C, Handels R, Gustavsson A, Wimo A, Skoldunger A, Winblad B, Skoldunger A, Jonsson L. Assessing Cost Effectiveness of Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: An Open-Source Modeling Framework. Alzheimer's Dementia 2019 Aug 8. pii: S1552-5260(19)30139-6.

Scheelbeek P, Cornelsen L, Marteau TM, Jebb SA, Smith RD. Potential impact on prevalence of obesity in the UK of a 20% price increase in high sugar snacks: modelling study BMJ 2019;366:l4786

 

Other recent publications.

Snowsill TM, Ryan NAJ, Crosbie EJ, Frayling IM, Evans DG, Hyde CJ. Cost-effectiveness analysis of reflex testing for Lynch syndrome in women with endometrial cancer in the UK setting. PLoS One 2019 Aug 30;14(8):e0221419.

Limond J, Wade SL, Vickery P, Jeffery A, Warren F, Hawton A, Smithson J, Ford T, Haworth S, Adlam A-L. The clinical and cost effectiveness of Teen Online Problem-Solving for adolescents who have survived an acquired brain injury in the UK: Protocol for a randomised, controlled feasibility study (TOPS-UK). BMJ Open 2019 Aug 22;9(8):e029349.

Keogh-Brown MR, Jensen HT, Basu S, Aekplakorn W, Cuevas S, Dangour AD, Gheewala SH, Green R, Joy EJ, Rojroongwasinkul N, Thaiprasert N, Shankar B, Smith RD. Evidence on the magnitude of the economic, health and population effects of palm cooking oil consumption: an integrated modelling approach with Thailand as a case study. Population Health Metrics 2019 Aug 16;17(1):12

Smith AF, Shinkins B, Hall PS, Hulme CT, Messenger M. Towards a framework for outcome based analytical performance specifications: a review of methods for evaluating the impact of measurement uncertainty. Clin Chemistry 2019 Aug 23. pii: clinchem.2018.300954.

Hawton A, Green C, Goodwin E, Harrower T. Health state utility values (QALY weights) for Huntington’s Disease: An analysis of data from the European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN). Eur J Health Econ 2019 Aug 13. doi: 10.1007/s10198-019-01092-9. [Epub ahead of print]

Goodwin E, Hawton A, Green C. Using the Fatigue Severity Scale to inform healthcare decision-making: mapping to three quality-adjusted life-year measures (EQ-5D, SF-6D, MSIS-8D). Health Qual Life Outcomes 2019 Aug 5;17(1):136

Freeman J, Jones B, Creanor S, Jarrett L, Hawton A, Dennett R, Zajicek J. Assessment of a home-based standing frame programme in people with progressive multiple sclerosis (SUMS): a pragmatic, multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis. Lancet Neurology 2019 Aug;18(8):736-747.

 

Standing frame intervention improves life for people with MS - July 2019.

A new study has shown that people in the advanced stage of multiple sclerosis (MS) experience significant improvements in movement and balance thanks to a specialised standing frame. The study in people with progressive MS, involving the University of Exeter Medical School and led by the University of Plymouth, also showed that the intervention appeared cost-effective, leading researchers to conclude that it could be routinely implemented within MS care throughout the UK. The study was published in The Lancet Neurology. The study, called Standing Up in Multiple Sclerosis (SUMS), was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research for Patient Benefit Programme, and sponsored by University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust. 

Dr Annie Hawton, Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics, said: “Our analyses suggest that the standing frame intervention costs approximately £14,700 per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY). This is below the of £20,000–£30,000 per QALY threshold set by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), for interventions to be recommended for funding on the NHS. “This indicates that providing standing frames to people with progressive MS is likely to be a ‘cost-effective’ treatment strategy”.

Further details: Freeman J, Jones B, Creanor S, Jarrett L, Hawton A, Dennett R, Zajicek J. Assessment of a home-based standing frame programme in people with progressive multiple sclerosis (SUMS): a pragmatic, multi-centre, randomised, controlled trial and cost-effectiveness analysis. Lancet Neurology 2019 Aug;18(8):736-747.

 

Job opportunities - May 2019:

We have four exciting opportunities available, working with the Health Economics Group.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Economics (Health Inequalities) - We are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with experience in health economics or a related field of economics, for example, behavioural economics, to work alongside Professor Claire Hulme in the development of research at Exeter in health inequalities. Particular focus and interest lies on complex interventions, the interface of health and social care, and the relationship between health and employment. Experience of economic evaluation and/or analysis of large data would be beneficial. You will be based at St Luke's Campus in the Health Economics Group. The closing date for applications is 20th June 2019, and further details can be found here.

For further information please contact Professor Claire Hulme (C.T.Hulme@exeter.ac.uk)

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellows in the Economics of Public Health (Two posts) – We are seeking to appoint two Postdoctoral Research Fellows with experience in health economics or a related field of economics, such as behavioural or environmental economics, to work alongside Professor Richard Smith in the development of research at Exeter focused on the economics of public health. Although applications will be considered that concern any area of public health economics, particular focus and interest lies in two broad areas: (i) nutrition, food and diet; and (ii) physical, social and economic environment. It is envisaged that either or both appointments may relate to one or both of these areas. The closing date for applications is 20th June 2019, and further details can be found here.

For further information please contact Professor Richard Smith (Rich.Smith@exeter.ac.uk)

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Economics - This post offers an exciting opportunity for an individual with training in health economics and who has a particular interest in economic evaluation to develop their career as an academic health economist. You will provide health economics support to the Exeter CTU and the Research Design Service South West. You will provide expert input on specific trial grant applications seeking health economics support and take forward the health economics data collection and analysis on funded trials. You will join the Health Economics at research group work. The closing date for applications is 20th June 2019, and further details can be found here.

For further information please contact Professor Claire Hulme (C.T.Hulme@exeter.ac.uk)

 

Spring Newsletter - May 2019:

Welcome to the first newsletter of the Exeter Health Economics Group, which provides an update on recent events within the group.

Newsletter - Spring 2019

 

Self-funded PhD opportunity in looking at the financial impact of cancer diagnosis - April 2019:

The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health is inviting applications for a self-funded PhD studentship to explore the financial impact of cancer diagnosis to individuals’ and their families in order to inform policy in health and social care and more widely on how best to support this group. The study will use qualitative and quantitative data collected as part of the Persephone Randomised Controlled Trial, a large UK multicentre breast cancer trial with over 4000 participants.

The studentship would suit individuals with an economics background or a social scientist with quantitative skills and interest in health. Collection of primary data will require field travel in the UK.

For more information about the project and informal enquiries, please contact the primary supervisor, Professor Claire Hulme (C.T.Hulme@exeter.ac.uk). The closing date for applications is 3rd June 2019, and further details can be found here.

 

PhD opportunity in Health Economics alongside a large randomised controlled trial - April 2019:

The University of Exeter’s College of Medicine and Health, in partnership with Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation, is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in September 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will be working on the ERICA randomised controlled trial examining strategies to expedite early cancer diagnosis. This large randomised controlled trial in a planned 530 English practices examines whether integrating electronic cancer diagnostic algorithms (known as electronic Risk Assessment Tools, or eRATs) into GP clinical software allows earlier detection of cancer. This PhD will explore the Health Economics aspects of this trial, working with Professor Anne Spencer, Dr Antonieta Medina Lara, and a Health Economics Research Fellow. 

For an informal conversation regarding this post or any other future opportunities in our Health Economics Group, please contact Professor Anne Spencer a.e.spencer@exeter.ac.uk. The closing date for applications is 18th May 2019, and further details can be found here.

  

QUEX PhD opportunity - March 2019:

We have a prestigious PhD studentship in Health Economics that is generously funded, as part of the QUEX joint Postgraduate research programme between the University of Exeter, UK and the University of Queensland, Australia. This exciting project combines t‌he Health Economics expertise and early cancer diagnosis of both Universities, supervised by Professor Anne Spencer and Dr Antonieta Medina-Lara in Exeter and Professor Steve Birch in Queensland.

The aims of this project are to explore the relationships between pre-existing conditions and cancer diagnosis in an ageing population using choice based experiments. The project will incorporate the impact on patients of receiving a positive test in terms of anxiety and costs that are often overlooked in economic-evaluations.

For an informal conversation regarding this post or any other future opportunities in our Health Economics Group, please contact Professor Anne Spencer (a.e.spencer@exeter.ac.uk). Further details can be found here. The closing date for applications is 19th May 2019.

 

Job opportunity - January 2019:

We wish to appoint a Research Associate/Research Fellow in Health Economics to support the work of the Health Economics Group, in the Institute of Health Research. You will join a growing team of health economists and will support new and existing research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), other research councils and charities. The post provides an opportunity to contribute high quality health economic input to a growing programme of health economics research. The post will include design and delivery of economic analyses aligned to economic evaluation, health outcomes research, and more broadly on the economics of health, as well as the opportunity to develop her/his own research interests. The closing date for applications is 10th February 2019, and further details can be found here.

For an informal conversation regarding this post or any other future opportunities in our Health Economics Group, please contact Professor Colin Green c.green@exeter.ac.uk or Professor Claire Hulme c.t.hulme@exeter.ac.uk or (01392) 726044.

 

Job opportunities - December 2018.

We have two exciting opportunities available, working with the Health Economics Group.

Research Fellow in Health EconomicsThis post offers an exciting opportunity for an individual with training in health economics and who has a particular interest in economic evaluation to develop their career as an academic health economist. You will provide health economics support to the Exeter CTU and the Research Design Service South West. You will provide expert input on specific trial grant applications seeking health economics support and take forward the health economics data collection and analysis on funded trials. You will be a member of the Health Economics group. The closing date for applications is 10th January 2019, and further details can be found here.

For further information please contact Professor Claire Hulme (C.T.Hulme@exeter.ac.uk) or Professor Rod Taylor (r.taylor@exeter.ac.uk)

 

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioural Economics/Health Economics, based in Cornwall and working closely with the Health Economics Group and the Economics Dept in the University of Exeter Business School. Working on the LINCos project, the post will be include working on the behavioural and economic aspects, which seek to understand and address opportunities and challenges faced by small and medium sized businesses in relation to recruitment and retention of older workers and those with disabilities or chronic health conditions in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The post is supervised by Professor Anne Spencer (Health Economics Group), Professor Brit GrossKopf (Economics Department) and Professor Lora Fleming (LINCoS Principal Investigator). The closing date for applications is 16th January 2019, and further details can be found here.

For an informal conversation regarding this post or any other future opportunities in our Health Economics Group, please contact Professor Lora Fleming (l.e.fleming@exeter.ac.uk).

 

Job opportunity - October 2018.

We wish to appoint a Research Associate/Research Fellow in Health Economics to support the work of the Health Economics Group, in the Institute of Health Research. You will join a growing team of health economists and will support new and existing research funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), other research councils and charities. The post provides an opportunity to contribute high quality health economic input to a growing programme of health economics research. The post will include design and delivery of economic analyses aligned to economic evaluation, health outcomes research, and more broadly on the economics of health, as well as the opportunity to develop her/his own research interests. The closing date for applications is 12th November 2018, and further details can be found here.

For an informal conversation regarding this post or any other future opportunities in our Health Economics Group, please contact Professor Colin Green c.green@exeter.ac.uk or Professor Claire Hulme c.t.hulme@exeter.ac.uk or (01392) 726044.

 

Welcome Professors Claire Hulme and Richard Smith - September 2018.

The Health Economics Group are pleased to welcome Professors Claire Hulme and Richard Smith to the University of Exeter Medical School.

Professor Claire Hulme joins the Health Economics Group, University of Exeter Medical School from the University of Leeds, as Professor of Health Economics. Claire has published over 100 research papers and received grants from major funders across health and social sciences. Claire’s background and interests lie in complex interventions (specifically those which span the health and social care sectors) with interlinked interests in health inequalities particularly informal care and the impact of ill-health on employment. Her research includes a wide range of methodologies including economic evaluation, large data analysis and use of qualitative methods in health economics. She has been a member of a number of national funding panels including the NIHR HTA Commissioning Board, NIHR Research for Patient Benefit North East panel and, most recently, the NIHR School for Social Care Research Selection Panel. Claire currently sits on the HEE/NIHR Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) Programme Clinical Lectureship and Senior Clinical Lectureship Schemes Review Panel and will sit on the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Social Care Competition Panel later this year.

Professor Richard Smith joins University of Exeter Medical School from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, as Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter Medical School, and Professor of Health Economics. Professor Smith’s research interests include the economic impact of health issues and innovations worldwide. Richard’s research has included the monetary value of health to macro-economic modelling of health (care); the political-economy of trade and trade agreements; the development of a range of economic approaches, including willingness-to-pay, the ‘capability’ approach as an alternative evaluation paradigm, global public goods, and macro-economic modelling; the determinants of the demand for food, the global market in food products and the interface between agriculture and health.

 

European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) conference- July 2018.

Colin Green, Liz Goodwin, Anne Spencer, Annie Hawton and Sarah Price recently attended the European Health Economics Association conference, ‘Shaping the Future: The Role of Health Economics’ in Maastricht, The Netherlands. The Health Economics Group were well represented with three oral presentations, ‘Investigating what influences respondents’ preferences when answering time trade-off questions’, ‘Mapping Fatigue Severity Scale scores to utility values’ and ‘Measuring the impact of national guidelines using time series methods’, which all seemed to be very well received. The conference was fascinating, with a wide-reaching programme covering developments in econometrics, broadening the evaluative scope of economic evaluations, how to measure inequalities, and the contribution of qualitative research to Health Economics. Richard Smith, shortly to join the University of Exeter Medical School as Professor in Health Economics and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, delivered a stimulating plenary on ‘Shaping the future of health policy: the role of trade’. The conference provided plenty of opportunity for discussion, debate, and forging future collaborations, and the Social Programme was very well received!

 

Graduate Research Assistant opportunity – Health Economics - June 2018.

We have an opportunity within the Health Economics Group, for a Graduate Research Assistant (Graduate Trainee) in Health Economics. This exciting new post will provide training and research experience in Health Economics, including an opportunity to study for a Masters in Health Economics, part-time, whilst gaining valuable research experience in Health Economics over a range of projects taking place in the University of Exeter Medical School.

Applications close on 16th July 2018. For more information, please follow this link.

 

South West Health Economists’ Group - May 2018.

Several of the team attended the annual South West Health Economists’ Group (SWHEG) meeting in May, where Anne Spencer presented a model of endogenous demand for multiple treatment options based on geographical access to neonatal care. This year’s meeting was the first to be held at the University of Bath, where we enjoyed great hospitality, fascinating presentations and dynamic group sessions. The SWHEG aims to share information about current research and to promote collaboration between health economists from the University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of Bristol and University of the West of England. 

 

PhD opportunity – Health Economics - April 2018.

We have a prestigious PhD studentship in Health Economics that is generously funded, as part of the QUEX joint Postgraduate research programme between the Universities of Exeter and Queensland.

This exciting project combines t‌he Health Economics expertise and early cancer diagnosis at the University of Exeter and Queensland Universities, working with Anne Spencer, Steve Birch, Willie Hamilton and Geoff Mitchell.

The aims of this project are to develop the health economics framework of early cancer diagnosis and to deliver new knowledge to support decision-making and assess the benefits/outcomes of diagnostic testing for people with pre-existing conditions.

Applications close on 26th May 2018. For more information, please follow this link.

 

Lynch Syndrome UK 4th Annual Conference - April 2018.

Tristan Snowsill was invited to speak at the Lynch Syndrome UK 4th Annual Conference, Birmingham in April. Lynch Syndrome UK is a patient charity to raise awareness of and support people with Lynch syndrome and their families. The Lynch Syndrome UK Annual Conferences combine presentations of the history of Lynch syndrome and current research with educational content for attendees delivered by leading clinicians.


Tristan has been an invited speaker at the first three annual conferences and was delighted to be invited to speak again on his research and areas of expertise.

 

PhD opportunity in Health Economics at Exeter - January 2017.

Applications are invited for this Cancer Research UK-funded CanTest 4 year PhD studentship from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in health economics.  The research will explore patient and practitioner preferences towards diagnostic tests for cancer using choice based experiments and explore the methodological challenges that arise when estimating the risk-benefit trade-off.

Applications close on 9th February 2018. For more information, please follow this link.

 

PhD opportunity in Health Economics at Exeter - November 2017.

The University of Exeter’s Medical School, in partnership with the Cancer Research UK-funded CanTest Collaborative is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in April 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications are invited for this studentship from individuals with a strong academic record who wish to develop a career in health economics and primary care cancer research.

Applications close on 23rd December 2017. For more information, please follow this link.

 

Job opportunity – Professor in Health Economics - November 2017.

The University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS) invites applications for a Professor in Health Economics. Health Economics in Exeter is thriving and is a key discipline underpinning methodological and applied research in the Institute of Health Research, and more broadly across the University of Exeter Medical School and its internal and external partners. The appointment will expand and complement our existing research strengths and add to our capacity to deliver high quality rigorous research and teaching. This new full time post is available immediately on a permanent basis at our St Lukes Campus in Exeter.

Applications close on 15th January 2018. For more information, please follow this link.

 

Welcome Rebekah and Tristan, October 2017.

The Health Economics Group are pleased to welcome the two newest members of the team, Rebekah Hall and Dr Tristan Snowsill.

Rebekah joins us a Graduate Trainee Assistant in Health Economics, after completing her MSc in Health Economics and Decision Modelling at the University of Sheffield. She will be supporting a number of projects within the Health Economic Group.

Tristan has joined the group after working with PenTAG/ESMI, in the University of Exeter Medical School. Tristan specialises in developing economic models and will be working across a range of projects.

 

Job opportunity – Health Economics - May 2017.

Graduate Assistant/Trainee in health economics, which can be a training post for an excellent undergraduate with a strong motivation to become an academic/researcher in this area.  The new post will provide training and research experience in health economics, including an opportunity to study for a Masters in Health Economics, part-time or full time, whilst gaining valuable research experience in Health Economics over a range of projects taking place in the University of Exeter Medical School.

Applications close on 20th July 2017. For more information, please follow this link.

 

Health Economic Group supporting Exeter's world leading diabetes experts - June 2017.

Colin Green is supporting Dr Tim McDonald on NIHR funded research to develop a test that can identify babies with neonatal diabetes in the first few days of life.  NIHR has awarded the team, led by Dr Tim McDonald, £830,000 over five years.  See more details at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/featurednews/title_588881_en.html.

 

Conceptual validity & mapping health state values - June 2017.

Annie Hawton, with Jeff Round (University of Bristol), has recently published a paper on considering the conceptual underpinnings when mapping to generate health state utility values. The article discusses that the use of mapping algorithms is becoming more and more commonplace, but that being able to predict scores on one measure from scores on a different measure does not mean that the same preferences for health are being assessed. The frequent use of mapping algorithms calls into question the validity of some resource allocation decisions.

Further details: Round J, Hawton A. Statistical alchemy: conceptual validity and mapping to generate health state utility values. Pharmacoeconomics Open 2017, doi:10.1007/s41669-017-0027-2

 

Job opportunity – Health Economics - May 2017.

We would like to appoint a Research Fellow/Associate in Health Economics in the Health Economics Group.  Health Economics in Exeter is thriving and is a key discipline underpinning methodological and applied research in the Institute of Health Research, and more broadly across the University of Exeter Medical School and its partners. This post will provide the opportunity to join exciting research collaborations with a range of local, regional, national and international partners, and will provide excellent opportunities to interact with other economists, statisticians, OR/modellers, psychologists, clinicians, and a wide range of related scientists.

Applications close on 19th June 2017. For more information, please follow this link.

 

World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (IHEA).

Antonieta Medina-Lara and Liz Goodwin will be attending the 12th World Congress of the International Health Economics Association (IHEA) in Boston USA, 8th-11th July 2017. Antonieta and Liz will be delivering oral presentations, reflecting current work with colleagues within the Exeter Health Economics Group and from the Peninsula Technology Assessment Group (PenTAG):
• What difference does it make? A comparison of preferences elicited from the general population and from people with multiple sclerosis (Liz Goodwin)
• The effect of unemployment on mental health: instrumental variable estimates in a large population survey (Antonieta Medina-Lara)

 

MS Frontiers conference.

Annie Hawton and Liz Goodwin will be attending the 2017 MS Frontiers conference in Edinburgh, 29th-30th June 2017. Liz will be delivering an oral presentation, reflecting current work with colleagues within the Exeter Health Economics Group, which is funded by the MS Society:
• Quality-adjusted life-years from the perspective of people with multiple sclerosis

 

ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting.

Work developed by Antonieta Medina Lara, Ruben Mujica-Mota and Stefano Lucherini will be presented at the ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting in Boston USA, 20–24th May 2017. Stefano will present the work, “Health States Utility Values in NICE Multiple Technology Appraisals: Adherence to the NICE reference case in the area of cancer”, on behalf of the team.

 

NEW NIHR Funded Project: Trial of physical Activity and Reduction of Smoking (TARS) - May 2017.

‌The Exeter Health Economics Group has been awarded funding from the NIHR Health Technology Assessment programme (NIHR HTA: 15/111/01) as part of a project to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new support to help smokers who want to reduce but not quit.

The study, with £1.8 million of funding from the NIHR, is led by Professor Adrian Taylor from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD), and is supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC), and is a collaborative project between Partners in Plymouth, University of Exeter, St George’s University of London, University of Oxford, University of Nottingham, and Plymouth City Council.

The project builds on an earlier successful pilot study/trial which showed preliminary evidence that providing personal Health Trainer support to reduce cigarette consumption and increase physical exercise, may reduce smoking rates, encourage more quit attempts and increase short-term abstinence (see: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/projects/hta/077802). The aim of the current study is to investigate whether the Health Trainer support is better at helping people to quit smoking for longer, compared with existing support. The study will recruit 900 people who currently smoke and who wish to reduce their cigarette consumption but who may have no immediate plan to quit. See further detail: http://bit.ly/2pH5LXT.

The Exeter Lead is Colin Green, and the research will involve development of economic modelling and the conduct of economic evaluation, alongside a large RCT, and related research on outcomes and other aspects of research on smoking cessation. The study runs over 44 months, and we will be recruiting a health economics researcher to support the project in 2018.

 

Cancer Research UK, Funding Award - January 2017

‌‌‌CanTestThe Health Economics Group is pleased to be collaborating with Willie Hamilton‌ (UEMS) and Dr Fiona Walter (University of Cambridge) on a new research award from Cancer Research UK. Anne Spencer is a co-applicant on the CanTest project which will aim to discover, improve and develop effective ways for GPs to diagnose cancer. ‌The project will consider the suitability, accuracy and cost effectiveness of a range of diagnostic methods and tools for both patients and GPs. It is hoped that this will also lower diagnostic waiting times and the burden and anxiety this causes. Pictured, are some of the members of the project team, Anne Spencer, Willie Hamilton and Gary Abel.

 

 

Health Economics Group presenting at EUHEA, Hamburg, 13-16 July 2016.

Colin Green attended the 2016 conference of the European Association of Health Economics (EUHEA), in Hamburg, July 13-16.  
He presented three oral/podium presentations, reflecting current work with colleagues within the Exeter Health Economics Group, and external partners:
•    Predicting the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease Dementia: A Multi Domain Health Policy Model
•    A Model-Based Framework to Estimate the Cost Effectiveness of Interventions for Childhood Overweight and Obesity
•    Health State Values (QALY weights) for Huntington’s Disease: Findings from the European Huntington’s Disease Network (EHDN)

 

Professor Al Roth’s, Nobel Prize winner for Economics, visit to Exeter.

Members of the Health Economics Group attended a two-day workshop hosted by the Economics Department at Exeter in honour of Professor Al Roth, from Stanford University, 14th-15th July 2015. During his visit Professor Al Roth received an honorary doctorate from the University of Exeter. Al Roth’s work focu‌ses on “real world” problems and aims to address how to bring different parties together in the best possible way. Examples of situations where this problem arises include matching kidneys or other organs to patients who require transplants, matching children with different schools and interns with internships.

Al Roth talked about his work on examining the incentive structures of kidney exchange programme. He also talked about his work on repugnant transactions and how the social context determines the types of markets that can exist. He ended his talk with words of encouragement to new students who were considering taking up Economics, saying that we still have a lot of find out. It is clear from the time he spent with us all that Al Roth is a very approachable inspirational Economist. Quite an act to follow!  We wish him well.

 

Green C, Handels R, Gustavsson A, Wimo A, Skoldunger A, Winblad B, Skoldunger A, Jonsson L. Assessing Cost Effectiveness of Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: An Open-Source Modeling Framework. Alzheimer's Dementia 2019 Aug 8. pii: S1552-5260(19)30139-6.