The Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study (GBD) is the largest and most comprehensive effort to date to measure epidemiological levels and trends worldwide. Led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, the GBD quantifies the comparative magnitude of health loss to diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and geography over time. With more than 1,000 GBD collaborators from 108 countries participating in the most recent update, we are always working to expand the collaborative network. Through scientific publications, policy reports, and online data visualizations, the GBD allows decision-makers to compare the effects of different health conditions. The most recent iteration, GBD 2013, has generated substantial scientific, policy, and even general public interest across high-, middle-, and low-income countries.
We continue to build and sustain an even larger and more diverse network of GBD collaborators from around the world with expertise in all-cause mortality estimates, specific diseases, injuries, risk factors, and impairments; and the epidemiological profile of individual countries. The role of the GBD collaborator is to review and provide timely feedback and suggestions related to interpretation of GBD results, data sources, and/or methodological approaches pertaining to their area of enrolled expertise. Many have co-authored GBD publications. GBD collaborators include researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, global health practitioners, demographers, and statisticians, among others.
Enrollment is now open for the next round of the GBD, which will produce estimates through the end of 2015. We invite you to apply to be a GBD collaborator if you are interested in participating in this next iteration of the GBD.
A detailed GBD protocol is available here. After reading the protocol, if you are interested in participating, please visit the following URL to apply: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/gbdsec/268342. All applications to be a GBD collaborator will be carefully considered, taking into account the existing needs.
To contact the GBD Management Team, please email [email protected].