• Supporting rare disease patient advocacy with epidemiological insights

    Awareness of the vast impact of rare diseases, which affect approximately 300 million people globally (1), has significantly increased over the years, leading to increased funding and investment in rare disease research and therapy development. Notably, more than half of the novel drug approvals by the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research last year […]

  • Why we must work toward a recognised international standard in evaluation of upstream interventions

    New blog published this week by Evidence & Policy co-authored by our COO and Co-Founder Laura Webber. The blog builds off research by Laura and collaborators at Lancaster University and the University of York on the health impacts universal basic income (UBI) could have. The role of UBI has come to the fore during the […]

  • NEWS: The Health of the Nation – A Strategy for Healthier Longer Lives

    Yesterday saw the launch of the National Strategy to meet the government’s stated mission of “five extra healthy years by 2035”. The key challenge this initiative aims to address is that, whilst we are all living longer, too many of these years are just extra years of bad health. There are also continued, significant health […]

  • 2020 Vision: And beyond

    The term “20/20 vision” informally denotes perfect eyesight. So, moving into the year 2020 it is an apt metaphor for our goal, which is to help improve global population health through better decision-making. Our forecasting methodology – based on a microsimulation model – integrates health, economic and population data from multiple sources as a baseline […]

  • A sweet alignment: Microsimulation and the soft drinks levy

    In the weeks before his election Boris Johnson called for a review and potential roll back of ‘sin taxes’ which bemused experts, including the public health community. He stated that “once we leave the EU on 31 October, we will have a historic opportunity to change the way politics is done in this country. A […]

  • Microsimulation modelling for policy change

    How do you answer questions about the health of the population? How do you test ideas for policy and intervention change when the option for an experiment or randomized control trial does not exist?   High level, national public health policies can have a significant impact on shaping and creating the environments – physical, food, healthcare, […]

  • Unpicking the headlines: Cancer, obesity and Boris

    Two news stories dominated the headlines this week – Cancer Research UK (CRUK) rolling out a new campaign linked with their findings that obesity is now the leading risk factor for four cancers and Conservative leadership candidate Boris Johnson calling for a review and potential roll-back of ‘sin taxes’, in particular those measures designed to alter consumer food environments.