Tim Riffe

Presentation

I’m a demographer, with a research focus in data, formal methods, mortality, population health, data visualization, and open science. I did a post doc doing data infrastructure programming and data curation at the Human Mortality Database (2012-2015, University of California, Berkeley). I was a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (2015-2021), where my work touched on all these themes. More specifically, my original work focuses on indirect methods for measuring health disparities, on a measurement framework for demographic life-course based measures of health, and on decomposition approaches to characterize life course disparities in health and longevity. In 2020 I started the COVerAGE Database, a global demographic database of COVID-19 cases, deaths, tests, and vaccinations, which has underpinned efforts to monitor the pandemic at the WHO, UN-DESA, UNICEF, and in the global health literature. I also serve on the WHO / UN-DESA Technical Advisory Group for COVID-19 Excess Mortality, where my primary contribution aims to characterize age patterns of COVID-19 direct mortality and all-cause excess mortality for 2020, based on combining various global datasets. I regularly teach short workshops on R programming, demography, and data visualization in programs such as BSSD, EDSD, PHDS, and others. I’m looking forward to adding a focus on demography and health disparities in the Basque Country to my research portfolio. You can find my full CV here.

Most relevant publications

Demografoa naiz, eta nire ikerketa-fokuen artean nabarmentzen dira datuak, metodo formalak, hilkortasuna, biztanleriaren osasuna, datuak bistaratzea eta zientzia irekia. Human Mortality Databasen egin nituen doktorego osteko ikasketak (Kaliforniako Unibertsitatea, Berkeley, 2012-2015), datuen azpiegitura-programazioan eta mantentze-lanetan. Halaber, gai horiek guztiak jorratu ditut Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research zentroan (Rostock, Alemania), ikertzaile aritu bainaiz bertan 2015-2021 aldian. Zehazkiago esateko, nire lan-jardunak honako hiru ardatz hauek izan ditu nagusiki: batetik, osasun-ezberdintasunak neurtzeko zeharkako metodoak; bigarrenik, bizi-ibilbide demografikoetan oinarrituriko osasun-neurrien neurketa-esparrua; eta, hirugarrenik, deskonposizio-metodoak, osasunean eta bizi-luzetasunean esku hartzen duten bizi-ibilbideetako ezberdintasunak azaltzeko. 2020an, COVerAGE datu-basearen sortzailekide izan nintzen eta haren zuzendarikide dihardut harrezkero. COVID-19 kasuak, heriotzak, probak eta txertoak biltzen dituen datu-base demografiko globala da COVerAGE, eta pandemia kontrolatzeko eginahalaren oinarri gisa baliatu dute Osasunaren Mundu Erakundean (OME), Nazio Batuen Erakundeko Ekonomia eta Gizarte Gaien Departamentuan (UN-DESA) edo UNICEFen, baita mundu zabaleko osasun-literaturan ere. Horretaz gainera, aholkulari gisa aritzen naiz OME/UN-DESAren COVID-19ak eragindako Gainhilkortasunerako Aholku Talde Teknikoan. Alde horretatik, nire lehenbiziko ekarpenaren helburua da adin-patroi bat ezaugarritzea 2020an COVID-19ak eragindako zuzeneko hilkortasunaren eta kausa guztiek eraginiko gainhilkortasunaren inguruan, mundu osoko hainbat datu multzo konbinatuz. Aldian-aldian, tailer laburrak ematen ditut R programazioari eta demografiari buruz, bai eta BSSD, EDSD, PHDS eta halako programetan datuak bistaratzeari buruz ere. Atsegin handia da niretzat Euskadiko demografiarekin eta osasun-desberdintasunekin loturiko auziak gaineratzea nire ikerketa-zorrora. Nire curriculuma osorik ikusteko, sakatu hemen.

 

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  • GARCIA C, PATERNINA-CAICEDO A, SMITH A, HARRISON L.H, DE LA HOZ RESTREPO F, ACOSTA E, RIFFE T (2021) COVID-19 mortality needs age adjusting for international comparisons. Journal of Medical Virology DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/jmv.27007
  • REMUND A, CAMARDA C.G., RIFFE T (2021, accepted) Le péril jeune: la surmortalité des jeunes adultes en question. Population et Sociétés
  • PIFARRÉ I AROLAS H, ACOSTA E, LÓPEZ-CASASNOVAS G, LO A, NICODEMO C, RIFFE T, MYRSKYLÄ M (2021) Years of life lost to COVID-19 in 81 countries. Scientific Reports. 11, 3504 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-83040-3 (Code Repository)
  • RIFFE T, ACOSTA E, ABURTO J.M., ALBUREZ-GUTIERREZ D, ALTOVÁ A, ALUSTIZA A, BASELLINI U, BIGNAMI S, BRETON D, CHOI E, CIMENTADA J, DE ARMAS G, DEL FAVA E, DELGADO A, DIACONU V, DONZOWA J, DUDEL C, FRÖHLICH A, GAGNON A, GARCIA-CRISÓSTOMO M,. GARCIA-GUERRERO V.M., GONZÁLEZ-DÍAZ A, HECKER I, KOBA D.E., KOLOBOVA M, KÜHN M, LÉPORI M, LIU C, LOZER A, MANEA M, MAREY L, MASUM M, MOGI R, MONICOLLE C, MORWINSKY S, MUSIZVINGOZA R, MYRSKYLÄ R, NEPOMUCENO M.R., NICKEL M, NITSCHE N, OKSUZYAN A, OLADELE S, OLAMIJUWON E, OMODARA O, OUEDRAOGO S, PAREDES M, PASCARIU M.D., PIRIZ M, POLLERO R, QANNI L, REHERMANN F, RIBEIRO F, RIZZI S, ROWE F, SARHAN A.R., SASSON I, SHOMRON E, SHI J, SILVA-RAMIREZ R, STROZZA C, TORRES C, TRIAS-LLIMOS S, UCHIKOSHI F, VAN RAALTE A, VAZQUEZ-CASTILLO P, VILELA E.A., WAQAR M.A., WILLIAMS I, ZARULLI V (2021) Data Resource Profile: A global demographic database of COVID-19 cases and deaths (COVerAGE-DB). International Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 50, Issue 2, April 2021, Pages 390–390f, DOI https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab027 
  • TRIAS-LLIMOS S, RIFFE T, BILAL U (2020) Monitoring life expectancy levels during the COVID-19 pandemic: Example of the unequal impact in Spanish regions. PlosOne DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0241952
  • TRIAS-LLIMOS S, ALUSTIZA A, PRATS C, TOBIAS A, RIFFE T (2020) The need for detailed COVID-19 data in Spain. The Lancet Public Health. Correspondence. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(20)30234-6
  • DUDEL C, RIFFE T, ACOSTA E, VAN RAALTE A, STROZZA C, MYRSKYLÄ M (2020) Monitoring trends and differences in COVID-19 case fatality rates using decomposition methods: A demographic perspective. PlosOne. 15(9): e0238904 DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0238904 (Code Repository)
  • RIFFE T, NEPOMUCENO M.R., BASELLINI U (2020) Mortality modeling. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging, Springer https://link.springer.com/referenceworkentry/10.1007%2F978-3-319-69892-2_556-1 (Code Repository)
  • RIFFE T, ABURTO J.M.  (2020) Lexis fields. Demographic Research. V. 42, pp 713-726 DOI https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2020.42.24 (Code Repository)
  • CIMENTADA J, KLUESENER S, RIFFE T (2020) Exploring the Demographic History of Populations with Enhanced Lexis Surfaces. Demographic Research. V. 42, pp 149-164 DOI https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2020.42.6 (Code Repository)
  • SEAMAN R, RIFFE T, ALASTAIR L, POPHAM F, VAN RAALTE A (2019) The Increasing Lifespan Variation Gradient by Area-Level Deprivation: a Decomposition Analysis of Scotland 1981-2011. Social Science and Medicine.V. 230(June), pp 147-157 DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.04.008 (Code Repository)
  • SEAMAN R, RIFFE T, CASWELL H (2019) The changing contribution of area level deprivation to total variance in age at death: a population based decomposition analysis. BMJ Open. 9(3) DOI  https://doi.org/10.1136/ bmjopen-2018-024952. (Code Repository)
  • ABURTO J.M., RIFFE T, CANUDAS ROMO V (2018) Trends in avoidable mortality over the life course in Mexico, 1990-2015: A cross-sectional demographic analysis. BMJ Open. 8(7) DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022350 (Code Repository)
  • REMUND A, GIOVANNI CAMARDA C, RIFFE T (2018) A cause-of-death decomposition of the young adult mortality hump. Demography V. 55(3), pp 957-978. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s13524-018-0680-9
  • RIFFE T, SCHÖLEY J, VILLAVICENCIO F A unified framework of demographic time. (2017) Genus. 73(7) DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/s41118-017-0024-4 (Code Repository)
  • RIFFE T, CHUNG P.H.,  SPIJKER J, MACINNES J Time-to-death patterns in markers of age and dependency (2016) Vienna Yearbook of Population Research 2016. v14. pp 229-254 DOI  https://doi.org/10.1553/populationyearbook2016s229 (Code Repository) Previously posted as MPIDR Working Paper WP-2015-008.
  • VILLAVICENCIO F, RIFFE T(2016) Symmetries between life lived and left in finite stationary populations, Demographic Research. V. 34, pp 381-398 DOI  https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.14
  • BARBIERI M,  WILMOTH J.R., SHKOLNIKOV V.M., GLEI D, JASILIONIS D, JDANOV D, RIFFE T, GRIGORIEV P, WINANT C (2015) Data Resource Profile: The Human Mortality Database (HMD) International Journal of Epidemiology 44(5) pp 1549–1556 DOI  https://doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyv105
  • RIFFE T (2015) The force of mortality by life lived is the force of increment by life left in stationary populations, Demographic Research. V. 32, pp 827-834 DOI  https://doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.29