Health economics

Bayesian computations for Value of Information measures using Gaussian processes, INLA and Moment Matching

With [Anna Heath]( and [Ioanna Manolopoulou](

Full Bayesian methods to handle missing data in health economic evaluations

With [Andrea Gabrio](, [Alexina Mason](, [Rachael Hunter]( and Xiaoxiao Ling

Health economic evaluation of HPV vaccination

With Katrin Haeussler, [Ardo van den Hout](, [Giampiero Favato](, [Francesco S Mennini]( and Alessandro Capone

Bayesian survival modelling in health economic evaluation

With [Antonio Remiro Azocar](, Zhaojing Che and [Anna Heath](

Two lectureships in Health Economics at UCL

My colleagues at the UCL Institute for Global Health have two positions available as Lecturer in Health Economics. These are part of the expansion we need to seek given the wild success of our MSc Health Economics and Decision Science Programme (which we lead jointly with Economics) — the number of students who want to come to us is getting large (almost 100 in year 3 of running it!) and so we are trying to increase capacity (hopefully, more on this to follow soon!

Come and work with us!

We have an exciting opportunity in my group at UCL. We have a 5-year Senior Research Fellowship in Statistics and Health Economics — all details here. The post is Grade 8 with salary in the range £44,674 to £52,701 (depending on experience etc). I think it’s a really cool post: it’s co-funded by UCL and ICON, one of the leading consultancy companies in the area of economic evaluation and health technology assessment.

Time to think about the summer

-- As the Christmas break gets closer and closer, I thought it would be a very good time to actually forget about the cold, snowy weather (I know… I sound as if I lived in Antarctica… It’s actually nice and sunny and not that cold today…) and start planning for everybody’s summer holidays. So, we’ve now officially opened the registration for next year Summer School in Bayesian Methods in Health Economics.

Have I thought this through?

Of the many phrases and idioms in the English language, I think “have you thought this through” is one of my favourites — perhaps it’s the allitteration or that, if you’re not a native English speaker, you kind of have to concentrate to say it properly, with all the “h” sounds… And I often find myself wondering whether I’ve actually thought things through. Although, technically, that’s supposed to be my job — thinking things through and using (rigorously Bayesian) decision theory to make decisions…

New dates for the summer school

We’re nearly ready to advertise the new edition of our Florence summer school on “Bayesian methods in health economics”. This year, we’ve decided to change slightly the timing and we’ll have it from 20-24 July 2020. The the main set up is still unchanged, with its residential nature and the amazing location of the Centro Studi. After a few years in which for various reasons we’ve had to slightly change our team, we may be able to eventually revert to the full squad, which is very exciting!

Sharing (slides) is caring...

Earlier in November, I went to Copenhagen for the ISPOR conference. The first time I did go was in 2002 and for a while, I kind of lost interest (although I have still gone, occasionally), because I thought that the quality was just not great. BUT: in the past few years, I have to say I have enjoyed it massively and I have noticed a big improvement in the level of the talks/workshops — not all that you see there is outstanding, but then again, what’s the conference where this happens?