Challenge Session Final instructions


The challenge sessions are open to any groups or individuals that have developed a diabetes simulation model whose primary purpose is capture economic outcomes (e.g. QALYs). 

This year will are also inviting groups in Asia that have developed or are in the process of developing diabetes simulation models to participate.


Please contact as soon as possible if you have developing an Asian diabetes simulation model and would like to participate in the Mt Hood Challenge.


The deadline for submitting results for all challenges is 15 November 2019. 


The challenges are based on those undertaken in 2018 and include:

1. Quality of life challenge

The purposes of this challenge is to examine how different aspects of quality of life impact on incremental health outcomes of common interventions used to prevent diabetes complications. To ensure the simulations are relevant to common economic evaluations, the challenge will employ the average values for characteristics of patients enrolled in RCTs of common diabetes therapies.

2. Evaluating diabetes therapies: Let's start thinking about tomorrow

How can diabetes models simulate the benefits of new therapies and technologies? Recent large clinical studies such as the EMPA-REG trial have show that new therapies may lead to a modest reduction in blood glucose, but they have very significant positive outcomes including reductions in all-cause mortality. The purposes of this challenge is to explore the degree to which existing models can explain these outcomes and ways to adapt simulation models to take the full-treatment effects into account.

Rules regarding presentation results after the conference

Participation in the Mt Hood Challenge requires acceptance of the following principles regarding the preparation of publications arising from the meeting:

i. Group can present their own results at other meetings, but cannot present the results of other modeling groups without their prior permission.

ii. On behalf of the Mt Hood organizing committee authorized representative(s) of the network may present results at other meetings if the purpose is provide general information on the activities of the conference, or network.  

Participation in publications  arising from the meeting

In the past several groups participating in the conference have collaborated on a subsequent publication. Involvement in the publication process is on a voluntary basis and involves acceptance of the following principles:      

i. No team can block publication of the paper except because of concerns related to scientific soundness — e.g., the data collection, analyses and presentation were done incorrectly.

Concerns related to policy, management, or scientific implications are not grounds for a co- author to block publication. If a majority of Team members believe the paper should be published based on sound science, the paper will move forward. Every reasonable effort should be made by the Leader and others to reach a consensus on moving forward with a


ii. Teams may voluntarily remove themselves from the project, and from co-authorship, at any point if they no longer have time for the project or they disagree with some aspect of the project or paper. If a Team voluntarily leaves the project or is asked to leave because they

are opposed to the paper being published, the Team and Chair of Mt Hood Steering Committee will need to discuss with the dissenting member if his/her contributions can still be used, and perhaps described in the Acknowledgements, or if their contribution will have to be removed from the paper.