The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the Cnr Institute of Neuroscience (Cnr-In) as a WHO Collaborating Center for 'Longitudinal Health and Cross-Country Statistical modelling' and Nadia Minicuci (Cnr-In) will act as Head of the Centre. The Collaborating Center will actively contribute to implementation and data analysis of WHO population health studies, like the 'Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE)' and the 'World Health Survey (WHS+)' and will enhance the statistical modeling of health and disability across existing longitudinal studies on ageing.
The collaboration will have a particular focus on the comparability of health and disability across harmonized datasets, cross-country analyses, and on the analysis of socio-economic inequalities in health outcomes. The Padova section of the Neuroscience Institute is comprised of a statistical unit where biostatisticians have an extensive history of designing, implementing and analyzing health data collected through both observational and intervention studies.
Specific objective of the collaboration are:
- active contribution to implementation, data cleaning and data analysis of WHO SAGE Waves 0, 1, 2 and 3 and other population health studies;
- undertake and facilitate cross-study and cross-country analysis to assess the comparability of surveys and implement the harmonization process;
- develop analytical methods leveraging longitudinal data to assess health, disability and wellbeing across multiple countries, accounting for policy impacts;
- assist with statistical training opportunities for other countries with SAGE (and other harmonized dataset) analyses;
- advise on the best statistical approaches required to inform feedback to WHO country, regional and HQ offices, and WHO partners.