Operational research seminar at European Parliament 4 March

TDR news item
27 January 2014

The public is invited to the seminar “Intervention tools and strategies to improve health programmes: The role of operational research in low and middle income countries”. Attendance at the event in Brussels is free, but it will also be streamed live, beginning at 14:30 on 4 March. TDR is one of the partnering organizations, and will make a presentation on SORT IT, the structured operational research training programme.

Bridging the gap between science and practice

Research is often ‘divorced from implementation’, with the current model for most international health service research based on the assumption that solutions discovered by the research community will be applied to practice by program managers and practitioners.

The reality is different, given the large gap between what we know from research and what we do with this knowledge. Operational research has a key role in bridging this so-called know–do, or implementation gap.

This workshop will address ways of optimising healthcare measures and discuss the ‘what, why and how’ of health services research in low- and middle-income countries.

Speakers and panel discussants

  • Antonio Correia de Campos, MEP, STOA Chairman, European Parliament
  • Amalia Sartori, MEP, ITRE Chair, European Parliament
  • Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Andris Piebalgs, Commissioner for Development - European Commission
  • Rony Zachariah, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Anthony Harries, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases
  • Andy Ramsay, TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, WHO
  • Giovanni Putoto, Doctors with Africa CUAMM
  • Chris Dye, Health Information, HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria & Neglected Tropical Diseases, WHO
  • Goran Tomson, Medical Management Centre, Karolinska Institute
  • Charles Goerens, Member of the European Parliament
  • Maria Eugénia Captivo, Department of statistics and OR, University of Lisbon

The workshop is organised jointly by:

The European Parliament
The Science and Technology Option Assessment, European Parliament
The European Parliamentary Research Service
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
TDR, Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases
The Structured Operational Research and Training IniTiative (SORT IT)
Médecins Sans Frontières
The World Health Organization

For more information, contact:

Andy Ramsay (ramsaya@who.int)

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