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Epidemiology (Epid)


Terms of Reference

  1. Advise the Scientific Programme Committee of the annual ISCB meetings, if needed, on relevant topics in epidemiology for establishing invited sessions and choosing invited speakers.
  2. Establish connections with Epidemiological Societies and organise mutual sessions, courses or workshops at our conferences or elsewhere. 
  3. Generate awareness and discussions in the Society of guidelines for conducting, analysing and reporting epidemiological studies.


  1. Saskia Le Cessie (NL, Chair)
  2. Christina Bamia (GR, Secretary)
  3. Agus Salim (AU)
  4. Catherine Quantin (FR)
  5. Ewout Steyerberg (NL)
  6. Harbajan Chadha-Boreham (CH)
  7. Nathalie Stoer (SE)
  8. Tim Ramsay (CA)
  9. Vana Sypsa (GR)
  10. Willi Sauerbrei (DE)
For more details about epidemiology, please contact us at this e-mail.

Guidelines for conducting and reporting epidemiological studies


  1. The STRATOS (STRengthening Analytical Thinking for Observational Studies) initiative is a large collaboration of experts in many different areas of biostatistical research. The objective of STRATOS is to provide accessible and accurate guidance in the design and analysis of observational studies. The guidance is intended for applied statisticians and other data analysts with varying levels of statistical education, experience and interests.

  2. Good Epidemiological Practice (GEP)
    IEA guidelines for proper conduct in epidemiological research (started in Nov 2007)
  3. Guidelines for Good Pharmacoepidemiology Practices (GPP)
    ISPE (2007 revision)
  4. GRACE principles.
    Good Research Practice for Observational Studies of Comparative Effectiveness (2010)
  5. Guidelines for Completing a Research Protocol for Observational Studies
    The Joint UCL, UCLH and Royal Free Biomedical Research Unit (Apr 2010)


There are several reporting guides for medical research:
    Guidelines for reporting observational studies
    Guidelines for reporting genetic association studies
  3. STARD
    Guidelines for reporting diagnostic accuracy studies
  4. The CONSORT statement
    Recommendations for reporting randomized controlled trials

An overview of reporting guidelines is provided by
  1. The Equator Network
    Library for health research reporting


  1. US Food and Drug Administration
  2. European Medicines Agency
  3. The Cochrane Library
  5. International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Studies
    Prepared by the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). CIOMS Geneva (Feb 2008)
  6. ICH efficacy guidelines.
    Design, conduct, safety and reporting of clinical trials:
    • Clinical Safety E1 - E2F
    • Study Reports E3
    • Dose-Response Studies E4
    • Ethnic Factors E5
    • Good Clinical Practice E6
    • Clinical Trials E7 - E11
    • Guidelines for Clinical Evaluation by Therapeutic Category E12
    • Clinical Evaluation E14
    • Pharmacogenomics E15 - E16
    • Joint Safety/Efficacy Topic M3
  7. WMA Declaration of Helsinki
    Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects
(Last edited: 2017-02-28)