Thomas C Chalmers Award 2017

Awarded to the principal author of the best oral and the best poster presentation addressing methodological issues related to systematic reviews. 

This award is usually given out at Cochrane Colloquia but for 2017 it was open to all eligible Summit authors.

Tom Chalmers (1917-1995) was an outspoken advocate of randomised trials, whether at the bedside, at professional meetings, in class or in situations pertaining to his own life. His creativity spanned his entire career, influencing clinicians and methodologists alike. He is perhaps best known for the notion ‘randomise the first patient’, his belief that it is more ethical to randomise patients than to treat them in the absence of good evidence. In his later years, in arguably his most important work, Tom and his colleagues showed that, had information from RCTs been systematically and cumulatively synthesised, important treatments such as thrombolytic therapy for myocardial infarction would have been recognised as useful much earlier.

Presentations are judged by the Thomas C Chalmers Award Committee* during the course of the Colloquium, and the two recipients receive a certificate and US$500 each.

Winner for the best long oral presentation

Emily Karahalios:  Monash University, Australia

An empirical investigation of the impact of different methods for synthesizing evidence in a network meta-analysis.

Winner for the best short oral or poster presentation

Hannah Ewald: University of Basel, Switzerland

Agreement of treatment effects from observational studies using causal modeling and randomized trials: meta-epidemiological study.


*2017's Committee:  Tianjing Li (Chair), Elaine Beller, Ralf Bender, Stephanie Chang, Thomas Debray, Ruth Garside, Julia Littell, Terri Pigott, Craig Robbins, Ian Saldanha, Ian Shrier, Nicole TaskeAlison Weightman. Co-ordinated by Jackie Chandler.