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Real-World Evidence in Oncology: Towards Innovative and Affordable Patient Care

Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 09:45-18:00
Venue: Mary Ward House Conference and Exhibition Centre, 5-7 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9SN, United Kingdom

Real-World Evidence in Oncology: Towards Innovative and Affordable Patient Care is hosted by QuintilesIMS and the London School of Economics, taking place on the 6th July, at the Mary Ward House, London.  The theme of the conference is Using Real-World Evidence in Oncology Treatment, where speakers will share their views on current application and future innovations in this area. 

This must-attend event will be co-chaired by Elias Mossialos, Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy, London School of Economics (LSE), Alistair McGuire, Professor in Health Economics, LSE, and Ashley Woolmore, Vice President, Real World Insights, QuintilesIMS.

Click here for more information.


Do variations in emergency admission rates explain variations in hospital mortality?"

Date: Wednesday 26 April 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Matthew Sutton (Manchester)


Designing financial incentives for weight loss: the role of behavioural economics and preference elicitation

Date: Wednesday 10 May 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Marjon van der Pol (Aberdeen)


Date: Tuesday 24 January 2017
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: TW2.9.04 Speaker: Professor Peter Smith (Imperial College London)                


Inequality of opportunity in health: a decomposition approach

Date: Friday 7 October 2016
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: TW2.9.04 Speaker: Professor Andrew M Jones (University of York)


Advances in health economic evaluation methods in the absence of random allocation

Date: Thursday 29 September 2016
Time: 12:45-13:45
Venue: OLD 4.10 
Speaker: Professor Richard Grieve (LSHTM)

Click here to view the slides (PDF).

The video of this seminar can be viewed here (via YouTube).

Developing Better Medicines at Lower Costs and Prices: The Good Pharma Model

Date: Monday 16 May 2016
Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Venue: London School of Economics (exact venue TBC)
Speaker: Professor Donald Light (Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Medical and economic sociologist Professor Donald Light visits the LSE to speak about cost effective medicine development - the Good Pharma Model. 

Professor Light will be joined by Professor Elias Mossialos who will Chair the event and Professor Alistair McGuire who will give a response to Professor Light's presentation. 

School for Social Care Research Annual Conference 2016

Date: Tuesday 12 April 2016 Time: 9:45 - 16:30 Venue: London School of Economics (exact venue TBC) Speakers: Dame Sally Davies (Chief Medical Officer, UK), Dr Josh Wiener (RTI International), Professor Geraldine McDonald (University of Bristol), Professor Jon Glasby (University of Birmingham).

SSCR's Annual Conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provide an opportunity to hear about our commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice.

This event is free to attend. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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Any cancellations should be received by 9 March 2016 by email to Cancellations received after this date - and no-shows - will be subject to a £25 charge.

A 5 Year NIHR Programme of Applied Research into Transition of Young People with Long-term Conditions
Date: Monday 22 February 2016
Time: 12:30 - 13:30
Venue: London School of Economics (room TBC)
Speaker: Professor Allan Colver (Newcastle University)

Professor Allan Colver, Newcastle University, will present on an NIHR-funded study which asks how health services can contribute most effectively to facilitating successful transition of young people with complex health needs from childhood to adulthood. The seminar will cover the following aspects:

  • New knowledge about the adolescent brain
  • Why transition of young people with long-term conditions needs to improve
  • An outline of the NIHR-funded Research Programme
  • Some thoughts about running and managing a complex 5 year Programme Grant
  • Some early findings.

Improving outcomes following hospital discharge: An RCT examining two patient-centered intervention models for acute stroke patients
Thursday 10 December 2015
Time:  12:30 - 13:30
Venue:  Tower 2 9.04
Speaker:  Professor Paul Freddolino (PSSRU visiting professor/Michigan State University)

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the US and in the UK, and the second leading cause of death worldwide. Almost 1 million acute stroke patients are discharged from U.S. hospitals every year, with the majority returning home. For many stroke patients and caregivers, navigating the transition between hospital discharge and home is associated with substantial psychosocial and health-related challenges. Complex transitions are characterized by hospital readmissions, slow recovery, poor quality of life, unmet informational needs, dissatisfaction with care, and high caregiver burden.

Social workers play a vital role in healthcare systems by providing advocacy, counseling, and coordination of services. Home visits conducted by social workers provide valuable information about the complex social and medical needs of patients in the environment in which they actually live, resulting in greater opportunities to improve their transitional care experience. Thus one intervention aims to improve the transition experience of stroke patients and caregivers through the development of a patient and caregiver-centered social work case management program.

This seminar discusses a study to test the efficacy of two complementary interventions using a pragmatic, open, randomized clinical trial of 480 acute stroke patients discharged from 4 Michigan hospitals: the personalized case management program (delivered by Social Work Bridge Coordinators) mentioned above which will reduce patient and caregiver needs, improve quality of life, and decrease caregiver burden; and a patient-centered online communication, information and support resource - termed a Virtual Stroke Support Portal (VSSP) - developed through a comprehensive assessment of the information needs of the stroke patient and caregiver stakeholders within the study. The project is now in its second year and is about to begin the pilot phase of the interventions. The presentation includes an overview of the intended sample (inclusion and exclusion criteria), measures, methods and results of the preliminary study of patient and caregiver information needs, and content of the Virtual Stroke Support Portal. Plans for the remainder of the project were also described.

Click here to view the slides (PDF).

The video of this seminar can be viewed here (via YouTube).

LSEHSC Formal seminar presented by Rudi Westendorp

Date: Monday 16 November 2015
Time: 12:30 - 13:30 (lunch from 12:00)
Venue: NAB 1.04 (lunch will be in NAB 1.07)
Speaker: Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Old-Age Medicine at the University of Copenhagen and author of the forthcoming book Growing Older Without Feeling Old

“His book explores key issues arising from our increasing lifespans, and helps to answer some of the burning questions of out time, such as; What do longer life spans mean for the way we organise our societies? How can people best prepare themselves for living considerably longer? Does it help to eat less, or to take hormones, vitamins, or minerals? And what can we learn from old people who remain full of vitality, despite illness and infirmity?”

Care Trajectories for Newly Admitted Skilled Nursing Facility Patients
Thursday 4 June 2015
Time: 12:00 - 13:00
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, NAB LG.01, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Edward Norton

Although it is well established that larger skilled nursing facilities have lower per-patient costs due to economies of scale, it is not known if they also achieve higher quality outcomes.  Knowing this would be important both for patients choosing high quality nursing homes, and for regulators who use certificate-of-need (CON) regulations to limit the number of nursing facilities, indirectly resulting in larger nursing homes in states with CON regulations (by 20 beds, on average).  Because unobserved characteristics may be correlated with both an individual’s choice of a large nursing home and the quality of that nursing home care, we control for endogeneity of number of beds. We apply a novel instrument by exploiting the average size of SNFs selected by previous patients from the originating hospital. With this instrument, we mimic randomization of residents into more or less "exposure" to larger nursing homes when estimating the effects of size on the quality of care for the post-acute nursing home population.  Using national Minimum Data Set assessments linked with Medicare claims, we use a national cohort of residents who were newly admitted to nursing homes in 2009. The instrumental variables analyses examine the effect of facility size on competing risk-adjusted, person-level short-stay measures of quality over the 180 days following admission.  After instrumenting for facility size, we found that size is unrelated to mortality.

Professor Norton is a leading expert on long-term care and has significant research experience in this field. Professor Norton joined the University of Michigan in 2008 as Professor in both the SPH Department of Health Management and Policy and in the Department of Economics. He is the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan, and a Research Affiliate of the Population Studies Center. In addition to his affiliations with the University of Michigan, Edward is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the Health Economics Program.

Past formal seminar programmes from 2006 onwards


LSE Global Health Initiative Internal Launch 

Date:  Thursday 18 May 2017 Time:  17.30-19.30 Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, followed by drinks and poster exhibition in the NAB LG foyer

The LSE will host the internal launch of the Global Health Initiative on the 18 May. The launch will include a seminar on current Global Health research at the LSE followed by drinks and a poster and abstract display, showcasing current Global Health research across the School.

Attendance will be first-come, first-served. Find out more, submit a poster or abstract, and reserve your place here.

This internal event is aimed at LSE staff and students. An external, public launch will be held in October 2017.

You can find out more about the Global Health Initiative here.


Big Issues in Health Policy

Date: 28-30 April 2017
Venue: The Ritz Carlton Hotel, South Beach, Miami
Details: This event is a CME accredited event.  The event will cover:            

  • Changes in immigration policies and the health workforce: BREXIT, the EU and the USA.              
  • Obamacare – The future and progress made.              
  • Developments in Randomised Control Trials.              
  • Global incentives and Big Pharmaceuticals.               

The event will bring together professionals from the healthcare industry, and will feature speakers who are prominent academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and MDs from Cleveland Clinic.

Find out more and register here.

Inaugural International Health Policy Conference 2017

Date: 16th -19th February 2017 Venue: London School of Economics (room TBC) Details: LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.                      

Find out more and register here.

Korea's successes and lessons learnt from achieving Universal Health Coverage - An LSE Health Public Lecture
Date: Monday 16th November 2015
Time: 19:00 - 20:00, followed by a drinks reception in the Senior Common Room
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Ground Floor, Clement House
Speaker: Dr Myongsei Sohn 
Chair: Professor Elias Mossialos

The Republic of Korea introduced a National Health Insurance system covering the whole population in 1989. The last ten years have seen the implementation of a number of major health care reforms including the establishment of a single insurer system and a concerted focus on evidence-based care and technology assessment. The Korean Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) reviews the cost of health care benefits and evaluates the reasonableness of the health care services provided. As current President of HIRA, Dr Sohn shared his reflections on the successes and challenges Korea has experienced.

Dr Myongsei Sohn is President of the Korea Health Insurance Review and Assessment Service (HIRA) and President Elect of the Asia-Pacific Consortium for Public Health (APACPH). He was formerly Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at Yonsei University and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine & Public Health, College of Medicine, Yonsei University.
Professor Elias Mossialos is Brian Abel-Smith Professor of Health Policy within the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Director of LSE Health.

Women's Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory: Inclusion and Exclusion
Speakers: Dr Ernestina Coast, LSE; Professor Rita Giacaman and Doaa Hammoudeh, Institute of Community and Public Health (ICPH)
Chair: Dr Tiziana Leone, LSE
Date: Wednesday 18 November 2015
Time: 18.00 -19.30
Location: Room 9.04, Tower 2, Clement's Inn, LSE
Event Hashtag: #LSEBZU

Evidencing the Care Act: science supporting practice
Part of: ESRC’s Festival of Social Science 2015 
Hosted by: Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE
Supported by: NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Venue: LSE

This workshop provided space to discuss the current social science research on carers under the Care Act, sharing collective research evidence and discussing implications for practice to support evidence-informed implementation of the provisions of the Act.

HEPL 10th Anniversary event
Date: Thursday 22 October 2015
Time: 18:15 - 19:45 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House (Ground Floor), LSE

An event to mark the 10th anniversary of Health Economics Policy and Law took place at the London School of Economics. The programme began with some words about HEPL from Patrick McCartan of Cambridge University Press.There were then short statements from some of the members of HEPL’s International Advisory Board on what they think the biggest challenges will be in health care policy, either from the perspective of their own country or internationally, over the next 10 years. The presenters reflected the mix of disciplinary perspectives on which HEPL focuses (i.e. economics, political science and law), and  included:

Isabelle Durand-Zaleski, University of Paris XII
Giovanni Fattore, Bocconi University
Scott Greer, University of Michigan Vassilis Hatzopoulos,
Democritis University of Thrace Jan-Kees Helderman, Radboud University Nijmegen
Tamara Hervey, University of Sheffield
Martin Knapp and Julian Le Grand, LSE
Richard Saltman, Emory University
Mark Stabile, University of Toronto
Karsten Vrangbaek, University of Copenhagen
Albert Weale, University College London
Winnie Yip, University of Oxford

The event was accompanied by publication of a 10th anniversary special issue of HEPL, where members of the International Advisory Board reflected on a selection of HEPL’s output over the past decade.

LSE-ICL Forum on Medical Innovation: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing on Innovative Therapies
Date: Wednesday 14 October 2015
Time: 13:30 - 18:00
Venue: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus, London
The number of innovative medical technologies addressing high unmet medical need and offering significant improvements in survival and patient quality of life has increased in recent years. In some cases, innovative therapies introduced are offering a cure rather than long-term maintenance. The high cost and potential budget impact of these technologies has raised concern amongst decision-makers. This event is a unique opportunity to bring together clinical expertise, technical innovation and scientific thinking to discuss the latest developments in medical innovation, recent challenges and future prospects.
Click here for the programme.

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