A moveable feast

MedWatch works a bit like a “pick-up” game of football or volleyball — members drop in an out according to their research interests, and their willingness to contribute to work that is greater than the sum of its parts.

The group is convened (for now) by Dr. Elizabeth Pisani. She’s an epidemiologist by training and a political economist by persuasion, and is most interested in the messy places where biomedical evidence clashes with politics, money and culture. She has zero hours contracts and/or honorary appointments at Imperial College London, Universitas Pancasila (Jakarta), the George Institute of Global Health (Sydney), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and King’s College London.

Many currently active members work in Indonesia. They include Amalia Hasnida, Aksari Dewi, Relmbuss Biljers Fanda and several of the analysts in the StarMeds team at Universitas Pancasila.

Though we cobble together money from many different sources, our goal is to design studies that build on one another, sharing methods, resources, data and ideas. We believe this allows us to generate more learning for the same amount of money and effort.

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