NOAHE News is Good News vol. 3

Welcome to the 3rd NOAHE News is Good News update! If you have information you wish to share with NOAHE members, email us at THANK YOU to all of you for your interest, for attending NOAHE events, and for your support!

Upcoming Events:

NOAHE Evidence Into Practice Series II

Session 6: System changes for Better Economic Analysis

Deborah Marshall profile pictureSpeaker: Dr. Deborah Marshall, Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary; Canada Research Chair (Health Systems and Services Research) and Arthur J.E. Child Chair in Rheumatology Research, Member O’Brien Institute for Public Health and McCaig Bone and Joint Health Institute
Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MT
Event Live Stream

NOAHE Health Economics and Technology Assessment Rounds

The opioid epidemic and physician prescribing practices: Evidence from Ontario, Canada

Claire de Oliveira profile pic Speaker: Dr. Claire de Oliveira, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) health economist, assistant professor at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, and adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Date:Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. MT
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DYK: The first NOAHE Health Economics and Technology Assessment Round was viewed by
approximately 92 people, including international audiences - some as far abroad as Egypt?

Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2018

Date: November 5 - 6, 2018

Dinner: Monday, November 5
Venue: To be confirmed
Location: Calgary, Alberta

Seminar: Tuesday, November 6
Venue: University of Calgary Downtown Campus, (Nexen Space)
Location: 906 8th Avenue S.W., 5th Floor, Calgary, Alberta, T2P 1H9 (Map link)

Alberta Health Economics Study Group 2018
Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline is July 22nd, 2018. If your abstract is selected, you will be asked to submit a draft paper by October 7th, 2018. Please see below for more information on abstract criteria.

Abstract Criteria

  • 400 words maximum
  • The following abstract structure is preferred, although a different structure can also be used:
    • Aims
    • Methods
    • Data
    • Results (if any)
    • Conclusions
  • Abstracts of work in progress are acceptable - abstract submissions do not require results.

Note: Please do not include tables/graphics/diagrams/symbols in your abstract.

Submission Instructions

Please submit abstracts, and/or questions, to

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The Alberta Health Economics Study Group Annual Seminar is supported financially and in-kind by our partners, including Alberta Health, through the Health Funding and Economics Capacity (HFEC) Grant. Please note that the views expressed in this series and other deliverables associated with NOAHE are not necessarily representative of any particular organization involved. For more information about the HFEC Grant, please see

Congratulations to each of the 2018 NOAHE Health Economics Graduate (Internship) and Scholar (Fellowship) Award Recipients!

NOAHE received a number of excellent applications for the scholarship and internship awards, and is delighted to introduce the following four award recipients! Congratulations to each of you, and we look forward to the results of your work!

2018 NOAHE Health Economics Graduate (Internship) Award Recipients

Kai-Erh Kao profile picture Ms. Kai-Erh Kao, University of Alberta
Kai is currently an MSc student in Health Policy Research with a focus on health economics. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemical Science and Technology at National Taiwan University with additional coursework from health science, economics and business. She had also worked as a marketing intern at a biotech company and administrative assistant at Eli Lilly and Company. These experience triggered her to pursue a career in health economics, pricing, and market access. Her research interests include health policy, economic evaluations, and cost-effectiveness analysis. She is currently working on a project regarding modelling different strategies for a sugar tax on unhealthy foods.

Elham Adibnia profile pictureMs. Elham Adibnia, University of Calgary
Ms. Adibnia is a Doctoral Student and Graduate Assistant-Teaching at the University of Calgary. She recieved her MA in Development Economics from Alzahra University. Her primary areas of interest include Health Economics, Environmental Economics, and Applied Econometrics. Current research includes the Effect of Vitamin D Deficiency on Developing Cancer in Canada; Causal Effect of Retirement on Health; Ontario Coal Plant Phase out, Environmental Regulations, Infant Mortality.

2018 NOAHE Health Economics Scholar (Fellowship) Award Recipients

Ellen Rafferty Profile PictureDr. Ellen Rafferty, University of Alberta
Ellen Rafferty holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan. She recently defended her PhD thesis, which is titled "Economic evaluations of vaccines in Canada: Exploring the epidemiologic and economic impact of chickenpox vaccine strategies in Canada using an agent-based model". Ellen’s field of research, and the focus of her NOAHE Fellowship project, is public health economics. The majority of her research to date has been dedicated to examining the economic impact of public health policies and problems, such as determining the cost-effectiveness of specific immunization programs, and estimating the national and global economic burden of a variety of public health issues.

Christine Michaels-Igbokwe profile pictureDr. Christine Michaels-Igbokwe, University of Calgary
Christine Michaels-Igbokwe is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Economics in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Pediatrics. Dr Michaels-Igbokwe completed her Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 2007 and obtained her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015. She has extensive experience working in low and middle income settings in Eastern and Southern Africa in the fields of HIV, family planning and prevention of intimate partner violence. Her current research focuses on elicitation of individual preferences and economic evaluations of interventions related to child and adolescent health in Canada.

Other Opportunities

Is your organization looking to take on a health economics intern and/or fellow? Do you support health economics students with scholarships and/or grants? Need some help getting the word out? We would be happy to help! Email us at!

Showcased Publications on!

Publications imageNOAHE proudly showcases work from its Health Economist Members – on our website and via social media (@NetworkofABHE)! Here are the last five publications showcased. New publications shared every week! Want to showcase your work? Email us at!

Please note: The publications listed on this page serve to showcase the work of our individual members only, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Network of Alberta Health Economists (NOAHE), NOAHE Members, and/or NOAHE funders.

Showcased Publications by NOAHE Members

Cost Effectiveness of Eplerenone for the Treatment of Systolic Heart Failure with Mild Symptoms in Alberta, Canada
Eplerenone has been demonstrated as being cost effective for the treatment of patients with systolic heart failure (HF) and mild symptoms in several jurisdictions; however, its cost effectiveness is unknown in the context of Alberta, Canada.

Nurse-led Care for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review of the Effect on Quality of Care
In the nurse-led care (NLC) model, nurses take on the primary responsibility for patient management. We systematically assessed the effect of NLC for patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) on multiple dimensions of quality of care from the Alberta Quality of Care Matrix for Health.
Authors: Garner S, Lopatina E, Rankin JA, Marshall DA.
Publication Date: June 2017

Using the ages and stages questionnaire in the general population as a measure for identifying children not at risk of a neurodevelopmental disorder
Early detection of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) enables access to early interventions for children. We assess the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ)’s ability to identify children with a NDD in population data.
Authors: Ramesh Lamsal, Daniel J. Dutton and Jennifer D. Zwicker
Publication Date: April 2018

Cost-effectiveness analysis of single-session walk-in counselling
An increasing number of family service agencies and community-based mental health service providers are implementing a single-session walk-in counselling (SSWIC) as an alternative to traditional counselling. However, few economic evaluations have been undertaken.
Authors: Ramesh Lamsal, Carol A. Stalker, Cheryl-Anne Cait, Manuel Riemer & Susan Horton
Publication Date: July 2017

Cell-Free DNA–Based Non-invasive Prenatal Screening for Common Aneuploidies in a Canadian Province: A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis
Yearly, 450 000 pregnant Canadians are eligible for voluntary prenatal screening for trisomy 21. Different screening strategies select approximately 4% of women for invasive fetal chromosome testing. Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using maternal blood cell-free DNA could reduce those invasive procedures but is expensive. This study evaluated the cost-effectiveness of NIPT strategies compared with conventional strategies.
Authors: Léon Nshimyumukiza MD, PhD, Jean-Alexandre Beaumont BSc. (Cand.), Julie Duplantie MSc., Sylvie Langlois MD, Julian Little PhD, François Audibert MD, MSc, Christopher McCabe PhD, Jean Gekas MD, PhD, Yves Giguère MD, PhD, Christian Gagné PhD, Daniel Reinharz MD, PhD, François Rousseau MD, MSc
Publication Date: January 2018

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