Newsletter December 2017
Dear Global Asthma Network colleagues and friends,
This year has been very important, because GAN Phase I has well and truly started. We now have 123 centres registered from 51 countries. Those of you who have not yet registered can register your centre via the GAN website http://www.globalasthmanetwork.org/surveillance/register.php. We have also developed a Frequently Asked Questions page on the website in the surveillance section (see page 2 for examples).
Very pleasingly, we have received Data Sets and Centre Reports from 7 centres and more are on their way. We have been refining our processes in Auckland so your data and centre report checks will be handled as efficiently as possible. Data Sets are then sent to the appropriate Data Centre - either the London (UK) or Murcia (Spain) - for final checking. A copy of the completed Data Set and Centre Report will be sent to you on completion of all these checks. It is important that you use these final copies for any data analyses that you undertake yourselves as any previous copies may contain inaccurate information.
The Centre Report needs to be completed on line, as part of our processes. This information is then captured in a data base to enable the information to be used to report on methodology in the worldwide papers. The link to the Centre Report entry is http://www.globalasthmanetwork.org/surveillance/centre.php
We had a successful GAN collaborators meeting at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Congress in Milan, Italy. We have included a photo of collaborators in this Newsletter.
The GAN Steering Group held their annual meeting in Murcia, Spain, on 6 & 7 September where the main topic was analyses of data. We also decided to prepare Global Asthma Report 2018 to be prepared in time for launch at the UN Summit update on NCDs in New York in September 2018. This will be an update of the Global Asthma Report 2014, and planning is well underway.
We have included elsewhere in the newsletter some photos of our collaborators in GAN centres. Please do keep sending items in for inclusion in future newsletters for interest.
We wish you a happy festive season and a very happy New Year.
With all best wishes from the GAN Global Centre, Auckland.
Professor Innes Asher ONZM
Chair of GAN