2021 Cochrane Methods Symposium: Evidence synthesis in public health and complex interventions


Session 1: Evidence synthesis in public health: what we have learnt

Tuesday, 12 October 2021 08:00 UTC [Check the time in your time zoneSIGN UP HERE

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A two-hour session with a series of presentations and Q&As. Chaired by members of the Cochrane Methods Executive

Introduction:
Presentation 1:
The importance of preparing for evidence synthesis in public health
Presentation 2:
Planning for and using non-randomised studies of interventions in public health evidence synthesis
Cochrane, Israel
Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich, Germany
London International Development Centre, UK
Presentation 3:
Planning for and using qualitative evidence in public health evidence synthesis
Presentation 4:
Developing evidence maps to identify equity issues that could inform the design of a complex public health review
Presentation 5:
Planning for and using modelling studies in public health evidence synthesis
University of York, UK
University of Sheffield, UK
Campbell South Asia, India 

Carlos Canelo-Aybar
Cochrane Iberoamericano, Spain


Session 2: Evidence synthesis in public health: challenges and opportunities

TBC, TBC October 2021 14:00 UTC [Check the time in your time zone soon] SIGN UP SOON

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A two-hour session with a series of presentations and Q&As. Chaired by members of the Cochrane Methods Executive

Introduction:   
Presentation 1: 
Describing complex interventions for evidence synthesis
Presentation 2:
Preparing for the analysis at the protocol stage of evidence synthesis with complex interventions
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA
EPPI-Centre Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, UK
American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Presentation 3: 
Synthesising and presenting the evidence so it's useful to decision makers
Panel discussion and questions      
Speaker to be announced
Chairs and presenters


Session 3: Methods implementation surgery for Cochrane staff, editors and authors

Thursday, 11 November 09:00 UTC [Check the time in your time zone] or Thursday, 11 November 16:00 UTC [Check the time in your time zoneSIGN UP SOON

Following session 1 and 2 on evidence synthesis in public health and complex interventions, Cochrane's Methods Support Unit will lead a methods implementation surgery to discuss what practical resources and tools Cochrane staff, editors and authors need to use the methods discussed at the Symposium accuractely.


Additional session: Guidance for systematic review authors on how to consider the individual and the population perspective

Thursday, 30 September 10:00 UTC [Check the time in your time zoneSIGN UP HERE

As part of the Cochrane Learning Live webinar programme, Jos Verbeek, University Medical Center Amsterdam, Netherlands, will explain how presentation of effect sizes from the individual or population perspective can influence judgments about the importance of these effects and prevention strategies. More details are available via Cochrane Training.


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Speaker details

Karla Soares-Weiser is the Editor-in-Chief of the Cochrane Library, one of the most reputable sources of best evidence worldwide. A board-certified clinician, she also has a doctorate in evidence-based health care and has been working in this field since 1997. She is the author of over 60 Systematic Reviews, including 33 Cochrane Reviews. She has held numerous positions in Cochrane Groups, including the Iberoamerican and UK Cochrane Centres, where she provided training in systematic review production. Outside Cochrane, Karla has held academic faculty positions in Brazil and Israel and established her own consultancy business providing evidence synthesis services to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations. As Editor-in-Chief, Karla is responsible for ensuring that the Cochrane Library meets its strategic goals of supporting health care decision-making by consistently publishing timely, high-priority, high-quality reviews and responding to the needs of its many users.

Eva Rehfuess is Professor and Chair of Public Health and Health Services Research at Ludwig-Maximilians University and at the Pettenkofer School of Public Health in Munich, Germany. Her main research interests are evidence-based public health and global health.  Eva co-authored the intervention complexity chapter of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and articles in the complex health interventions in complex systems: concepts and methods for evidence-informed health decisions article collection in BMJ Global Health. As well as Methods Editor with Cochrane Public Health, Eva coordinates the public health work as part of CEOsys (COVID-19 Evidence Ecosystem), a government-supported project led by Cochrane Germany to deliver “living” syntheses of evidence and living recommendations on COVID-19. Eva also co-leads the Collaboration for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Public Health in Africa.

Hugh Waddington is Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. He specialises in policy research on topics like water, sanitation and hygiene, governance and agriculture using impact evaluations, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Hugh is Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Non-Randomised Studies of Interventions Methods Group, was elected as Co-Chair of the Campbell Collaboration International Development Coordinating Group (2014-19) and is currently an editor with Campbell Systematic Reviews. His research focuses on quantitative methods of impact evaluation (randomised field trials, quasi-experiments, natural experiments and observational studies), critical appraisal of research (including risk of bias), systematic reviews, statistical meta-analysis, evidence mapping and theory-based mixed-methods approaches.

Kate Flemming is Professor in the Department of Health Sciences, University of York, UK, with a research programme that focuses on complex interventions including patient and carer experience of palliative care across different service models, disease types and morbidities, including motor neurone disease. Kate is a Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group, has worked with the WHO on the use of qualitative evidence synthesis to inform guideline development for complex interventions, and is co-author of the qualitative evidence chapter of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and articles in the complex health interventions in complex systems: concepts and methods for evidence-informed health decisions article collection in BMJ Global Health.

Andrew Booth is a Reader in Evidence Based Information Practice and Director of Information at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, UK, with research interests that focus on all methods of systematic review,  evidence synthesis, evidence based practice, and knowledge translation. Andrew is a Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group, is working on two qualitative evidence syntheses to inform WHO guidelines, and is co-author of the qualitative evidence chapter of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and articles in the complex health interventions in complex systems: concepts and methods for evidence-informed health decisions article collection in BMJ Global Health.

Ashrita Saran is Director of Campbell South Asia and leads a team dedicated to production and use of evidence synthesis to inform policy in low-and-middle-income country. Ashrita is an epidemiologist by background and is trained in systematic reviews and information science. She is a Co-Convenor of the Cochrane-Campbell Equity Methods Group, manages systematic reviews grants and conducts in-house evidence and gap maps and systematic review research. Her research areas of interest include education, child welfare and international development. Prior to joining Campbell, she worked with Cochrane South Asia and at the Public Health Foundation of India. 

Carlos Canelo-Aybar is a Researcher with the Cochrane Iberoamerican Centre and Barcelona GRADE Center, based at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Spain. He specializes in internal medicine, epidemiology, public health, and health economics. Prior to joining the Cochrane Iberoamerican Centre, Carlos worked in the National Institute of Health of Peru as a researcher in health technology assessment to inform policymakers and promote the use of evidence in public health. Currently, he participates as a methodologist in the development of clinical practice guidelines for a number of European organizations. Carlos is part of the Cochrane Trainer’s Network, and one of the lead researchers in developing the GRADE approach to assessing the certainty of modelled evidence in the context of health decision making.

Lisa Bero is Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Chief Scientist at the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, USA. Lisa provides international leadership for multidisciplinary teams that specialize in studying the integrity, use and implementation of research for health and health policy. She is Senior Editor, Research Integrity and Public Health and Health Systems Network, Cochrane.  She has contributed to Cochrane as an author, editor, Centre Director, and member and Co-Chair of Cochrane’s Governing Board. She is also a long-time contributor to the work of the World Health Organization, including serving as a member of the Guideline Review Committee, and as Chair of the Essential Medicines Committee.

James Thomas is Director of the EPPI-Centre's Reviews Facility for the Department of Health, England, UK, which undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas to support the department. He specialises in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies such as text mining in research. He is Co-Convenor of the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods Group, lead author of the intervention complexity chapter of the Cochrane Handbook of Systematic Reviews of Interventions and co-author of articles in the complex health interventions in complex systems: concepts and methods for evidence-informed health decisions article collection in BMJ Global Health.  

Elie Akl is Professor of Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. He leads the division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (GIMG), directs the Clinical Research Institute (CRI) and the AUB GRADE Center, and co-directs the Center for systematic reviews of health policy and systems research (SPARK).  Elie is a member of the GRADE working group and of the GRADE Guidance Group, and serves as a guideline methodologist for a number of medical professional organizations and the World Health Organization.


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