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From the desk of the Executive Director - The INCLEN Trust

From the desk of the Executive Director - The INCLEN Trust


From the desk of the Executive Director (from previous page)..... background, the core funds at IEO kept on diminishing without any significant new funding source and major projects routed through INCLEN. It was clear, that assumptions made for the transformational activities of 2000 were mostly unfulfilled. An internal assessment of the Network was done in 2005 and 2006. Secretariat realized that network members readily respond to requests for information and keen to participate in Network activities that are initiated by the IEO. However, almost no one was ready to contribute in terms of developing proposals, responding to RFAs or routingtheir researches through IEO or regional CLEN offices. Probably members did not perceive any value for their input to a Network whose future was uncertain. In 2005- 6, when the future appeared uncertain and availability of resources was very limited, the Executive Office took over the responsibility for writing proposals and seeking funding centrally. During past six years, IEO generated almost 3m USD for various research projects; small amount of the overhead and cross subsidizing several of the IEO activities from projects helped us to reach up to 2012. Still, the resources and activities were insufficient as well as too localized to engage and mobilize most of the Network units. Nevertheless, some important lessons were: the executive office needs an institutional framework to drive and provide stewardship to the Network for developing new research and capacity building programs in a sustained manner; the process can generate funds for the Network sustenance provided sufficient number of investigators are at work in the coordinating site; constructive engagement of the members and units is essential for them to relate with the Network. Collaboration and execution of projects through an existing network was a huge advantage to compete and accomplish tasks in a timely manner. The experience also indicated that the Network has to evolve itself to adopt new research strategies and assume 2 policy advocacy roles, which were either not considered so far, or performed differently. INCLEN obviously has to realign its approach and priorities to remain globally relevant and contribute to health of the communities. There are no simple answers; however genuine efforts can be made. There are no other examples of Networks that survived the challenges of time and finances; several task based Networks have been formed in the past and dissolved as the initial objectives were accomplished. INCLEN is different and unique; we have lasted for a long period due to inherent commitment of members. We circulated the Draft Strategic Plan 2011-2015 in July-2011. Almost 70% of the INCLEN units responded. Based on the feedback, Board is in the process of finalizing plan when it meets on March 5-6, 2012. We now have an opportunity for stewardship. New Strategic Plan 2011-2015 is one such attempt. One of the key strategies for revitalizing the Network is improving communication. As a first step, we are sharing with the members the kind of research work going on across the CEUs and CERTCs. This will help us as a Network to identify the intellectual capital and areas of strength. Also we are undertaking regular grant/RFA scanning and uploading on the INCLEN website. As we move forward to make the New Strategic Plan operational and successful, this information will be useful to constitute thematic groups, identifying sites while planning multi-site studies and most importantly, we as a network re-engage with each other. In the coming newsletter, we shall inform the Network about the current capacity building programs. We shall circulate the new strategic plan in next few weeks along with the minutes of the 2012 Board meeting. Narendra K. Arora. Executive Director Email: INCLEN Trust International

Regional Clinical Epidemiology Network Activities (2010-2011) CANUSACLEN Peter Tugwell Secretary General Email- CanUSACLEN held its 5 th regional meeting in Kingston, Jamaica on February 19-20, 2009. The addition of the University of West Indies as a CEU to the CLEN was announced here. The Caribbean region is in dire need of skills in the area of Epidemiology and shall be taking a leadership role for the region. CanUSACLEN shall be providing support to achieve this objective. In terms of proposed activities, a 3- year, multi-CLEN, joint research proposal (CanUSACLEN, INCLEN-Africa, INCLEN-Asia, LatinCLEN, India CLEN) on ‘The World Shake Project’ (Shaking Baby Syndrome) has been submitted to National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD). Several lead scientists from CanUSACLEN are supporting and providing technical assistance to strengthen capacity in IndiaCLEN and LatinCLEN. CHINACLEN Jiyao Wang President Email- ChinaCLEN has been able establish close working relationship with the Ministry of Science and Technology of People’s Republic of China. ChinaCLEN is also trying to forge closer coopration with International Oraganisaton.ErasmusFudan. ChinaCLEN’ Joint Program is an ongoing prospective cohort study. Similarly an international cohort study has started under Norway-Sino agreement on Chinese Traditional Medicine. Prof. Jiyao Wang has contributed an article ‘Evidence-based medicine in China’ to Lancet; contributions by ChinaCLEN and INCLEN are prominently mentioned in this article. Clinical Epidemiology is now a part of the curriculum in undergraduate programs, graduate programs and postgraduate programs in 6 universities Research Projects • Leadership and Management Program (LAMP)-Vic Neufeld • Epistemonikos (University of Ottawa) • Patient Safety-Argentina (University of Ottawa) • Establishing a hub for mental health research in South Asia New CEU/CERTCs University of West Indies joined CANUSACLEN in 2009 Events • University of Ottawa CEU hosted a 3day meeting on the inclusion of non-randomized studies in systematic reviews, which will result in a series of 6 manuscripts in the Research Methods Synthesis Journal in early 2011 • The University of Ottawa has given many international workshops, webinars and other presentations on equity and systematic review methods over year 2010. • CEU led a three day program on equity and Cochrane systematic reviews for a team from Northeastern university, Boston, USA (December 2010) in China. The immense success of the training program on ‘Clinical Epidemiology Continuing Education Program for Clinicians in Shanghai’ was remarked upon as well. Research Projects: Ongoing • Key projects in the ‘National Science & Technology Pillar Program’ in the eleventh five-year plan period of China. Department of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China • Chinese National Programs for Science and Technology Development ‘973’ on Chinese Traditional Medicine 3

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