We attended the 21st International Epidemiological Association (IEA) World Congress of Epidemiology (WCE2017) held from August 19th to 22th 2017 in Saitama, Japan. The theme of the conference was “Global/Regional/ Local Health and Epidemiology in a Changing World.” There were interesting symposia on various topics and our personal highlights were “Cancer data for cancer action”, “Physical inactivity: the biggest public health problem of the 21st century”, and “Use of big data and cohorts to uncover causes of non-communicable diseases”.
Each of us participated in the presentation sessions. Eva Doorakkers had an oral presentation on August 21st on the topic “Helicobacter pylori eradication and the risk of gastric cancer: a population-based cohort study”. The study shows a decreased risk of gastric cancer with longer time after eradication treatment for Helicobacter pylori in the Swedish population. Poorna Anand had a poster presentation on the topic “Nutrition impact symptoms as a determinant of quality of life and mortality after surgery for esophageal cancer”. The study shows that nutrition symptoms are associated with poor social, emotional and global quality of life, and poorer 5-year overall survival. Qiaoli Wang had a poster presentation on the topic “Tobacco smoking cessation and risk of esophageal cancer: systematic review and meta-analysis”. The study found a gradually decreased risk of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma after tobacco smoking cessation, especially in Western populations, while smoking cessation had limited effects on preventing esophageal adenocarcinoma.
By attending the conference, we enhanced our knowledge in epidemiological methodology and applications of large-scale registers for cancer research. The conference also provided excellent opportunities to network with epidemiologists from all over the world.
We are grateful to our funders: Svenska Läkaresällskapet, Radiumhemmets Forskningsfonder and Karolinska Institutet fonder, for giving us the opportunity to attend this conference.
Doctoral students from the
UGIR SIMSAM node
Department of Molecular
Medicine and Surgery