David Moher Cochrane Methods Symposium: Bias and Beyond

Methods Symposium organised by the Bias Methods Group

The Bias Methods Group hosted the methods symposium at the 2018 Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh. The symposium was held at 15 September from 13.30 to 17.00.


Doug Altman (died 3rd June 2018), Isabelle Boutron, Asbjørn Hróbjartsson, Matthew Page, Camilla Hansen


After many years as a co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group, David Moher decided to step down from the leadership in 2017. The Bias Methods Group and wider methods community wish to thank David for his hard work and valuable contribution to methods research.

The Cochrane Methods Symposium provided an ideal opportunity to celebrate his contribution to methods research and to pause and reflect on the status of methods research today. We intended to recognise David’s very considerable impact on research synthesis methodology while also looking forward to provide an overview of selected hot topics within methods research relevant for the broader Cochrane community.


Asbjørn Hróbjartsson
Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine Odense (CEBMO)



Sally Hopewell
Associate professor
The University of Oxford


Web-CONSORT – active implementation of reporting guidelines


Anna Noel-Storr
Information specialist
Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford


Semi-automation in evidence production: introducing Screen For Me


Matthew Page
Research Fellow, Cochrane Australia
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University


Towards PRISMA 2019: updating a list of essential reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses


Larissa Shamseer
Senior Research Associate
University of Maryland Baltimore and the University of Ottawa


Predatory journals: overview of the new kid on the block and implications for Cochrane reviews


Andrea Tricco
Assistant Professor
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto


Rapid reviews: ongoing research and next steps


Philippe Ravaud
Professor of Epidemiology
Paris Descartes University


Living network meta-analysis. Improving evidence synthesis and beyond


Evan Mayo-Wilson
Assistant Scientist
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Cherry picking results: Effects on clinical trial reports and systematic reviews


Joanne McKenzie
Senior Research Fellow
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Sue Brennan
Research Fellow, Cochrane Australia
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University


In systematic reviews we trust? Developing GRADE for overviews of reviews