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Disability-Adjusted Life Years
Comparative Risk Assessment
Aim of the Research Network

What are the most relevant diseases in a country? Which risk factors are the strongest contributors to disease and death? How is the impact of different diseases evolving over time, and how does it compare between countries and within subnational units? As the need for prioritising the use of available resources constantly increases, a timely, sound and comprehensive answer to these fundamental questions is more than ever needed to inform public health decision making. Driven by the impact of the Global Burden of Disease study, several researchers and national and international health institutes have adopted the burden of disease approach to address these questions.

The complexity of the burden of disease approach however resulted in major disparities in research capacity across Europe. Furthermore, the current burden of disease landscape remains scattered, and researchers struggle to translate their findings to decision makers. The burden-eu COST Action will address these challenges by acting as a technical platform for integrating and strengthening capacity in burden of disease assessment across Europe and beyond. To achieve this mission, the Action is cooperating with the European Burden of Disease Network of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

Research coordination objectives
  1. To bring together experts and expertise across different domains, transforming the currently scattered burden of disease landscape into one transnational team.
  2. To compare and harmonize methods and approaches for burden of disease assessment.
  3. To identify critical knowledge and data gaps, and set up studies for which international coordination is needed.
  4. To serve as an advocacy group for the burden of disease approach in Europe.
Capacity building objectives
  1. To build and increase capacity in burden of disease assessment across Europe. The Action will have an explicit focus on the involvement of specific target groups, including Early Career Investigators, the under-represented gender, and teams and countries with less capacity in the field of burden of disease.
  2. To serve as a technical platform where knowledge and expertise can be shared among established and emerging researchers.
  3. To promote an interdisciplinary approach that integrates knowledge translation in the classical burden of disease framework.
Start date: 28/10/2019
Principal investigator
Brecht Devleesschauwer
Participating Institutions
31 countries :
Institution Country Website
Nacionalni Inštitut za Javno Zdravje (NIJZ) Slovenia Nacionalni Inštitut za Javno Zdravje (NIJZ) - National Institute of Public Heal…
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) Netherlands
National Food Institute - Danish Technical University Denmark
Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam Netherlands
University of Belgrade Serbia
Public Health Scotland United Kingdom
Trnava University Slovakia
Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge Portugal
German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) Germany
Health Services Research Centre (Cyprus) Cyprus
Sciensano Belgium…
Ministere De La Sante Luxembourg
Comenius University (Slovakia) Slovakia
University of Aveiro (Portugal) Portugal
FOLKEHELSEINSTITUTTET Norway Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Santé Publique France France
Higienos Institutas Lithuania
University of Debrecen (Hungary) Hungary
Istituto Superiore di Sanità-ISS Italy
Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food Croatia
Aarhus University Denmark
Public Health Institute of the Republic of Srpska - ЈZU Institut zа јаvnо zdrаvstvо Rеpublikе Srpskе (Bosnia and Herzegovina) Bosnia and Herzegovina
Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) Greece
Medical School, North Macedonia North Macedonia
The Oncology Institute "Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă”, Romania Romania
University of Medicine, Albania Albania
Luxembourg Institute of Health Luxembourg
Baskent University, Turkey Turkey
Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland - THL Finland
Reykjavik University, Iceland Iceland
Main Association of Austrian Social Security Institutions - Hauptverband der österreichischen Sozialversicherungsträger (Austria) Austria
Public Health England United Kingdom
Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Spain Spain
Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland Poland
Medical University of Varna, Bulgaria Bulgaria
University of Novi Sad, Serbia Serbia
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