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Strengthening standardised interpretation of verbal autopsy data: the new InterVA-4 tool - article

This article, from open-access online journal Global Health Action, discusses the use of Verbal Autopsies as a way of determining the cause of deaths, and the WHO's new Verbal Autopsy Tool.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 5 Sep 2012
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BioMed Publishing - open access research publications

Open access provides a way for researchers from low-income countries to participate more fully in the international research community, and so BioMed Central has created a set of initiatives designed to increase the visibility and output of scientific research from these countries.

The 3rd annual Open Access Africa CONFERENCE, hosted by BioMed Central, will be held at the University of Cape Town, South Africa from 4 – 5 November 2012. Go to this site -

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Bookmarked by Nicola McHugh on 5 Sep 2012
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Managing Clinical Trials Utilizing Electronic Data Capture (EDC)

Online Course / 1.6 CEUs

October 1 - 28, 2012

Presenter: Maxine Pestronk, OpenClinica

Join the free information session on Thursday, September 6 at 12.00p.m. (EDT) and discover more about this online course, direct from the course instructor. To join, send an email to

Over four weeks, this course will address general principles, best practice and issues that will allow a Data Manager to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with appropriate team members during study conduct. Topics will include user management, training compliance and regulatory considerations for working in an electronic environment. Participants will gain an understanding of necessary Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) documentation for EDC system updates, as well as mid-study updates for the EDC study application. Considerations for 'faster to lock" will be introduced to take advantage of EDC process.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 30 Aug 2012
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Journalists from low/middle income countries are invited to apply: travel, expenses, registration

Journalists from low and middle income countries are invited to apply for support for travel, expenses and registration to attend a major global conference on health systems research, to be held in Beijing: 31 October to 3 November 2012. Leading experts and speakers from across the world will be participating in the ground-breaking meeting centred on the theme of Inclusion and Innovation towards Universal Health Coverage and which will showcase research on the way health systems do and don't work.

The meeting, the 2nd Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, is being hosted by the Peking University Health Science Center, and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) through the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research and Special Programme for Research
and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR); and BRAC University in Bangladesh.

PLEASE NOTE: 31 August, 2012 is the deadline for applications. Application forms and information are available on the Symposium website in the media section.

For more information contact:
• Susan Jupp, Symposium communications,
• Jamie Guth, Communications Manager, WHO/TDR,, +41 22 7912289

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 60 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world.

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Bookmarked by The Editorial Team on 24 Aug 2012
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