Epicentre’s Clinical Research Department fulfills the three basic missions of a research institution: the production and dissemination of new knowledge through original research, exploitation of the results and strategic scientific planning, the training through supervision of students or participation in instruction and the expertise in conducting evaluations to strengthen internal capabilities or provide external services.
The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health seeks to identify the key determinants of health, disease and death in the populations that MSF serves for the purposes of prevention and control at the population level. The work of the department provides much of the information necessary to develop, implement and improve our public health interventions.
When facing cases of humanitarian emergencies, the role of the Field Epidemiology Departments consists in gathering information needed by MSF teams, to adjust the deployment of means in the field.
Epicentre develops and delivers training programs linked to field epidemiology intended primarily for MSF personnel and sometimes staff at other NGOs.
These programs contribute to higher quality field work.
Each year, Epicentre organizes its "Scientific Day" during which the team of epidemiologists reports on the work accomplished during the previous year.
This event brings together MSF players in the field and wold-known experts, has become an important meeting to share knowledge and critical views on the practices and stakes of medicine in humanitarian situations.