Global Burden of Disease Project Issues Call for Experts

GBD 2010 was a collaborative effort among researchers in 50 countries. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation seeks your involvement in creating GBD 2013.

The text of their announcement follows:

The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study 2010 (GBD 2010) advanced the evidence base in health by producing comparable estimates for 291 diseases and injuries, 1,160 sequelae, and 67 risk factors by age and sex for 187 countries for 1990 and 2010. That effort represented the collective work of 488 co-authors and many other contributors. The results, published in The Lancet in December 2012, have generated robust debate and discussion from researchers, donors, and policymakers, among others. One message is consistently clear: burden of disease estimates are a public good and an enormous resource, but to maximize that public good, they should be produced in a more timely fashion. Annual estimates of the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) — using consistent definitions, standardized approaches to data quality, and consistent modeling strategies — are essential if we want to maximize the impact of this valuable resource.  

The first annual update is GBD 2013, which will be released in 2014 and is being undertaken in a strategic partnership with The Lancet. Subject to successful peer review, GBD 2013 results will be published in May 2014. Following the model of GBD 2010, we are building and sustaining an even larger and more diverse network of individuals from around the world with expertise in specific diseases, injuries, risk factors, and impairments; the epidemiological profile of individual countries; and all-cause mortality estimates. In particular, by expanding the network contributing to the GBD to encompass experts with broad knowledge of the epidemiology of a particular country, we hope to strengthen the country-level assessments that are produced.

We invite anyone interested in collaborating on the GBD to express their interest. A detailed protocol for GBD 2013 is available here. After reading the protocol, those interested in participating should submit their information via this online form. Given the relatively short timeline for each annual assessment, including GBD 2013, individuals interested in participating are encouraged to express their interest as soon as possible. The application deadline is October 15, 2013. All applications to be a collaborator will be carefully considered, taking into account the existing needs for expertise in diseases, injuries, risk factors, all-cause mortality, and country epidemiology.   

To contact the GBD Management Team, please email Summer Lockett Ohno at