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CMIPS faculty participate in the First Pearl River Implementation Science International Symposium (PRISIS)

October 12, 2023

October 12 -15, 2023 in Guangzhou, China

The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH)’s Center for Methods for Implementation and Prevention Science (CMIPS) faculty, Donna Spiegelman, Guangyu (Tony) Tong, and Archana Shrestha, along with YSPH Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Mayur Desai participated in the First Pearl River Implementation Science International Symposium (PRISIS).

PRISIS is one of the largest meetings among researchers in the field of implementation science and global health within and outside China. The Symposium shared recent developments in new designs and methods as well as the editorial practices from the journals Implementation Science and Lancet Global Health that were beneficial for this interdisciplinary audience.

Dr. Spiegelman remotely delivered a talk on “Advances in Implementation Science Methods” in the Section on Design and Methods for Implementation Science. Her talk provided an overview of the key concepts and goals of quantitative methods that are popular in implementation research, with a wide range of real-world applications.

Dr. Tong gave a talk on “Let’s learn as we go: the LAGO design for optimizing complex multi-component implementation strategy bundles.” Developed by Dr. Spiegelman and her colleagues, Drs. Judith Lok of Boston University and her former post-doctoral fellow, Daniel Nevo, of Tel Aviv University, LAGO is an adaptive design aimed at finding the optimal (cost-efficient) composition of a multi-component package of implementation strategies and evaluating its efficacy with respect to a desired outcome. Both talks were well received.

Dr. Mayur Desai summarized his experience, “It was a great learning experience connecting with the pioneers in the field of implementation research in China.”

Dr. Archana Shrestha concurred “It was an honor to be a part of the first-ever conference of its kind in China, which provided a rich opportunity for meeting new colleagues and exploring potential research and educational collaborations.”

Submitted by Alane Kelly on October 24, 2023