In the past couple of weeks, I have been doing lots of (mainly) work-related travelling — before you ask, that’s not me in the photo. But it’s not a (too) distant version of me either…
Last week, I was in NYC to run a training course on Bayesian methods in health economics — kind of a shorter/condensed version of our summer school (incidentally, although the website is currently still pointing to last June’s edition, we’ve now finalised the dates for 2020. We’ve decided to change the timing and will have the summer school in the second half of July, which will mean there’ll be more space for us at the Centro Studi; so potentially we’ll be able to accommodate more requests. So that will be 20-24 July 2020 — we haven’t advertised/opened registration yet, but will relatively soon. More on this later!).
Anyway, because it was also a school holiday, we again decided that it would be fun to try and make a family thing — as one of Kobi’s friends’ family came too, there were a lot of children and so it did feel like holiday when I was at work… And I had lots of good discussion around some issues with survival modelling, with good ideas for potential PhD projects, which is just as well, given the new class of students (3) has just started (again, more on this later).
But more interestingly, I spectacularly mis-calculated the timing and kind of completely forgot that this week is also ISPOR, so basically, as soon as I landed back in London, I had to leave for Copenhagen. Apart from a (necessary — see above…) slight abuse of caffeine, I think it’s going very well. The days at ISPOR are always very long (I had my first meeting at 7am, this morning), but I have thoroughly enjoyed the first day — you end up meeting lots of people and I managed to go to some interesting sessions too, one on, you guessed it, survival modelling in HTA…
In the afternoon, I also spoke at one of the two workshops I’m involved in this year. This one was on “Improving efficiency in HTA: The role of open source models and more advanced software choice”, with Brett McQueen, Raquel Aguiar-Ibáñez and Dawn Lee (who actually initiated the whole thing).
I think the workshop went well — we had a good audience; not massive (there are over 5000 people here!), but large enough and crucially full of interested people, who interacted with the sessions and asked many questions, which was great. I think the slides will be made available soon at the ISPOR website — essentially we presented: some examples and overviews of the goals of HTA in the context of openness and transparency in HTA (Brett); use of software to increase automation from the industry perspective (Raquel); model development using R-Shiny (Dawn); and barriers to adoption and possible work-arounds (me).
Tomorrow, I’ll speak at a workshop presenting the (preliminary) results of the work we’ve been doing on missing data in HEOR with the Special Interest Group. Which is of course closely related to this.