European conference in Galway in August 2022

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August 2022 - ECHIL attended a European conference hosted in Galway (Ireland)

The ECHIL team has attended the Annual EuHEA PhD student-supervisor conference organised by the National University of Ireland and held in the Galway Bay Hotel from 29th – 31st August 2022.

The European Health Economics Association (EuHEA) promotes cooperation among all national health economics associations and groups in Europe and to profile and foster health economics at European universities.
The EuHEA PhD student-supervisor conference provides a stimulating platform where young researchers have the opportunity to present their ongoing works in front of other peers and of more experienced researchers. A restricted number of papers are assigned to senior supervisors who give a short discussion after the presentation, providing feedback and suggestions on how to improve or extend the analysis conducted.
As young researchersdo not always have access  to similar opportunities, our ECHIL team decided to submit some abstracts and register for to participation.

Three members of our team got their papers accepted for presentation

Luigi Boggian presented a paper entitled Immigration and disparities in prescriptions for CVD risk factors treatments.
This work is the result of the collaboration with Prof. Catia Nicodemo (Oxford University, Verona University) that he undertook as part of a research visit at the Centre for Health and Economics at Pompeu Fabra University this year.
His paper was discussed by Dr. Katrin Zocher (Johannes Kepler University Linz)

Josephine Aikpitanyi presented a poster on her new paper titled Locus of control and utilization of skilled maternity care in Nigeria: The mediating role of the Big-Five personality traits. This is the output of her research visit at the Economics Department of the Université de Montpellier this year with the local supervision of Prof. Marlène Guillon


Charlotte Desterbecq
presented the first chapter of her doctoral thesis The inclusion of the environment in applied economic evaluation: A scoping review. Her paper was discussed by Dr. Liza Sopina (Danish Centre for Health Economics - University of Southern Denmark).

Sandy Tubeuf discussed two PhD students’ papers at the conference. A paper from PhD student Edward Henry (National University of Ireland) entitled Addressing the distributional consequences of spillovers in health economic evaluation: a prioritarian approach and a paper from post-doctoral fellow Ivan Tzintzun (Hospinnomics – Paris 1) Investigating health decisionmakers' willingness to adopt decrementally cost-effective innovations using a DCE approach by.

The presenting members of the team also benefitted from the friendly support and help from Alexia Bigorne and Rebecca Jones who also attended the conference.

The conference was an opportunity for our Belgian delegation to meet with many researchers working on health economics in Europe.

The keynote speaker of the conference was Prof. Matt Sutton (Health Organisation, Policy and Economics research group, University of Manchester) who gave his speech on Spillovers should be a forethought not an afterthought, where he stressed the importance to take into account spillovers in economic evaluation techniques, as well as more in general in public and health policy evaluations.

Our team attendance to the conference was made possible by the FNRS Mobility and Congress Funding, by FNRS-FRESH scholarship and by the FSR seed fundings.

The researchers that attended the conference were given the chance to unwind and consolidate their networks in the informal events that were included as part of the conference activities.