STROBE-ME! Centre researchers STrengthen the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology

STROBE, the internationally recognised checklist of items to be included when reporting observational studies just got better, thanks to work by a group of researchers, including Centre Investigator Professor Paolo Vineis.

The new STROBE-ME extension implements nine existing items of the STROBE Statement and provides 17 additional items related to molecular epidemiology. 

The authors hope that STROBE-ME will help to uphold researchers’' ethical duties and responsibilities, such as accurately, completely, and transparently reporting findings in sufficient detail to allow the scientific community to assess their strengths and weakness, make fair comparisons, and clearly interpret the findings. The new checklist was published simultaneously in seven leading journals.

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Centre Student Wins Data Visualization Hackathon

By some estimates, we now create more data each year than in the entirety of prior human history. Data visualization helps us approach, interpret, and extract knowledge from this information and is being used more and more by government, NGOs and companies to inform their policies and plans. 

Run by, and supported by Google and GE, The Visualization Marathon is a global series of 24 hour student data design and visualization competitions, held in Sydney, Sao Paulo, London, New York and Berlin. 

The Visualizing Marathon 2011: London proved to be a successful display of talent and ingenuity. The event took place on November 12-13 at the Free Word Centre in London, and students eagerly came from the U.K., France, and Belgium to participate.

Each 3- 4 person team, had just 24 hours (from 12:00 PM on Saturday to 12:00 PM on Sunday) to design a solution to visualizing public attitudes toward the impact of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The undergraduate and graduate-level students all received motivation from faculty who attended to show their support and through presentations by data gurus David McCandless, Andy Kirk and Stefanie Posavec.  

In the end it was a team that included recently-joined Centre student Kyle Foreman that won the top prize.

Kyle and team’s winning programme can be viewed in full at