GACD Implementation Science Workshops

Each year the GACD holds an Implementation Science Workshop adjacent to the Annual Scientific Meeting as part of its capacity-building mandate. In response to increasing demand for training in this area, these previously once-a year offerings have been ramped up to include an additional workshops in locations around the world.

With the objective of building capacity amongst researchers in the local context, the workshops are supported by the co-hosting GACD funding agency for each Annual Scientific Meeting, making use of their networks to identify potential participants. This model gives each event a distinctive flavour and allows participants to gain a deeper understanding of the host country’s health care and research context. The GACD Implementation Workshops have been facilitated since 2014 by GACD researcher, Prof Brian Oldenburg. Brian has taken the workshop offerings from modest beginnings of 25 participants at the first event in Xi’an to up to numbers upwards of 60 in the last two years, with novel and innovative approaches for engaging with policymakers and funders.

Upcoming Events

No events planned at this stage

Previous events

Implementation Science School, Campinas, Brazil
6-10 November, 2018

Hosted by the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) in collaboration with the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, this School was facilitated by some of the field’s most prominent global experts in implementation science and aimed to:

  • Introduce early- and mid-career researchers to the field of dissemination and implementation science
  • Inform, through practitioners, policymakers and researchers, how to study and implement research findings into policy and practice
  • Expand on this field of science with regards to the use of theoretical models, study design measurement
  • Illustrate ways of collaborating and networking more globally
  • Showcase examples of implementation research and the uptake of research findings into policy and practice

The Faculty included:

  • Professor Brian Oldenburg – University of Melbourne, Australia & Head, WHO Collaborating Centre on Implementation Research for Prevention & Control of NCDs
  • Professor Fernando Cendes – University of Campinas and BRAINN (Brazilian Institute of Neuroscience and Neurotechnology), SP, Brazil
  • Dr Ed Gregg – US Centers for Disease Control, USA
  • Professor Li Li Min – Universidade de Campinas, Brazil
  • Professor Paulo Saldiva – University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • Professor Pilvikki Absetz – University of East Finland, Finland
  • Dr Rachel Sturke – Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, USA
  • Associate Professor Rodrigo Moreno-Serra – University of York, UK
  • Dr Sailesh Mohan – Public Health Foundation of India, India
  • Professor Victor Wünsch Filho – Public Health School, University of São Paulo, SP, Brazil
  • Dr Vilma Irazola – Instituto de Efectividad Clinica y Sanitaria (IECS), Argentina & Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

A total of approximately 62 participants (22 from Brazil, 40 from other countries) were accepted. Eligible participants included early- and mid-career researchers who had:

  • Completed and/or were undertaking postgraduate coursework/researchers studies related to one of the health sciences or public health (or another relevant field)
  • PhDs who had graduated in the last 3 years were especially encouraged to apply
  • Other relevant graduates with up to 5 years of relevant research experience were also encouraged to apply

Workshop Resources

Follow the links below to access information and presentations from the workshops that have already taken place.

Bangkok, 11-12 November, 2020
2019 ISW Day1
2019 ISW Day2

Sao Paulo – 12-13 November, 2018
ImpSci Day1
ImpSci Day2

Tokyo – 5-7 July, 2018
Tokyo Workshop Agenda
Overview of Implementation Science
Selecting appropriate study design & measurement for your project
Case examples of IR 1
Case examples of IR 2
Roundtable Questions
Roundtable Prof Katsunori Kondo
Roundtable Dr Yoko Izumi