The International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) was formally established in April 2009. iPRI provides private and public sector organisations with independent authoritative evidence and guidance on critical health risk issues. iPRI is an academic, problem-solving institute that works closely with a number of Senior Research Fellows from different corners of the world on a variety of projects. The international flavour of iPRI activities is reflected in the international nature of the staff: six nationalities in iPRI Management, seven in iPRI Services and twenty-four among the Senior Research Fellows.
iPRI Working Groups
Our well-experienced epidemiological research team has proven demonstrable expertise in delivering epidemiological strategy, methodology and projects/studies. They are involved in the daily management of research projects across a wide range of disease areas like cancer, neurology, drug safety, diabetes, nutrition, environment, etc. They are specialized in the critical analysis of publications, in establishing systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Additionally they reveal causal links between exposure and outcome. Finally they write formal recommendations for the prevention of the general population for chronic diseases.
iPRI has a high-level, academically-trained biostatistics team. They all have a Master of Science and 3 to 6 year’s experience. They are familiar with at least one statistical package (R, SAS, Stata, Joinpoint, etc.) and have good knowledge in conducting linear models and multivariate analyses like meta-analyses, age-period cohort models, temporal trends studies, mortality database studies, etc. Furthermore they work closely with the epidemiological research team to extract, model and program data to ensure accurate interpretation of the statistical data and results. Finally, they contribute to the development of statistical methods for reports and articles.
The Support & Administrative team assists the iPRI Research team in his daily work: Project Management – All projects conducted by iPRI are supported by a Project Manager to define, plan and follow the projects timelines and budget as well as a high quality content in cooperation with the Senior Researchers. The Project Manager ensures the project coordination within the teams. Scientific Literature Search – The Project assistant manages the bibliographic database, assists in the literature search, supports the coordination of clinical studies and data collection, as well as data extraction. Communications – The communications team manages publications and the website, prepares abstracts, posters and presentations for international scientific meetings and oversees external relations. Administrative team – The administrative team manages organizational and logistic aspects of iPRI teams and helps the World Prevention Alliance organize the annual National Cancer Institutes Directors meeting, (NCID).
iPRI Legal Entities
The International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI) comprises two legal entities:
- iPRI Management
- iPRI Services
The former comprises the initial partners and the latter the salaried staff. Each is run as a not-for-profit with any funds left over at the end of a year used to allow iPRI to grow or to fund studies or activities that could not find funding otherwise.
About the WPA
WPA, the World Prevention Alliance, was established as an Association in France under the Loi 1903. This is used to facilitate the funding of studies and other activities in lower-resource settings where all funds collected for such activities can be spent directly. For example, the Annual Meeting of National Cancer Institute Directors attracts upwards of 100 Cancer Experts from many countries of the world. The travel costs and all local expenses are covered by the World Prevention Alliance.
About the SIGPH
In June 2013, a formal Memorandum of Agreement was signed between iPRI and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. This established the Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health at iPRI.
The aims of this Institute are many but there are several dominant goals. First of all, there is the opening of possibilities for research programmes to be developed between iPRI and the University. Strathclyde University has many strengths including in the broad area of Engineering. Developments in Social Engineering have made an enormous contribution to the current state of public health in high-resource countries and the transfer of knowledge to lower-resource settings will almost certainly make a significant contribution to public health.
In addition, a Master’s and doctoral programme have been created aimed at students from lower-resource countries, allowing the Institute to make a contribution to capacity building in lower-resource countries. For the Master’s Programme, students will come to iPRI in Lyon for courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Global Public Health and English (to allow students whose native tongue is not English to enter a United Kingdom University). The second year will be spent in Glasgow where there are modules prepared in water, sanitation, bioengineering, power supply and other practical aspects of public health.