Symposium 2008

Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests

The first International Symposium was held on the 25th - 26th July 2008 at the Medical School, University of Birmingham.

A big thank you to our invited speakers, oral and poster presenters, and all the delegates who attended our first Symposium, it was a great success.

Download the Oral and Poster presentation abstracts

Hosted by the Diagnostic Research Group in the Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, the 2008 event promoted the importance of research into all aspects of medical diagnostics.

The symposium was organised jointly with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford, and presented research into a wide variety of research topics. 


Themes for 2008 were:

1. Methodological Issues in studies of test accuracy

2. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of diagnostic tests

3. Monitoring, prognosis and other purposes of tests

4. Evaluating impacts of tests on patients and resources

5. Applying evaluations in practice

Invited and submitted presentation abstracts

Presentation at the 2008 symposium
We were honoured to host several keynote speakers, internationally eminent researchers in the field of diagnostic research:

Andrea Rita Horvath, Professor of Clinical Chemistry, University of Szeged (Hungary)

Constantine Gatsonis, Director of the Center for Statistical Sciences, Brown University (USA)

Jon Deeks, Professor of Health Statistics, University of Birmingham (UK)

Nick Summerton, Consultant Clinical and Public Health Advisor, NICE (UK)

Paul Glasziou, Professor of Evidence-based Medicine, University of Oxford (UK)

Sally Lord, Epidemiologist, NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney (Australia)

Delegates also had the opportunity to socialise during evenings, with a pre-conference wine and nibbles reception at the Barber Institute of Fine Art, as well as a conference dinner at our local Botanical Gardens, accompanied by a great Jazz Band.