About us

Mission and Vision

Promote equity in evidence synthesis and increase global capacity to consider equity and to promote the use of equity-relevant evidence in health and healthcare decision-making

Governance Structure

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Advisory Group: will promote equity, diversity and inclusion across all committees and projects. 

Operations Committee: will manage the day-to-day operation of the equity group.


 BetsyElizabeth Kristjansson, PhD

 TamaraTamara Lotfi, MD, MPH

 LawrenceLawrence Mbuagbaw, MD, PhD


Kevin Pottie, MD
Gabriel Rada, MD

 AshritaAshrita Saran, PhD

 PeterPeter Tugwell, MD

 VivianVivian Welch, PhD

Associate  Convenors      

 AndreaAndrea Darzi, MD, PhD

 RebeccaRebecca Glover, PhD

 RoseRoses Parker, PhD

Assistant   Convenors      

Omar Dewidar, MSc 

 JoanneJoanne Khabsa, MSc

 AmmarAmmar Saad, MSc

Eve Tomlinson, MSc


 MireandaMiranda Lesperance, PhD Candidate

Olivia Magwood, PhD Candidate

 AlisonAlison Riddle, PhD Candidate


  ShahabShahab Sayfi, Undergraduate student

Ekta Priya, PhD Candidate




 JenniferJennifer Petkovic, PhD


Training and Mentoring Oversight Committee: will provide oversight of the implementation of the equity mentorship and training opportunities.

Knowledge Mobilization Committee: will help plan and implement knowledge translation, including social media, conferences, posters, webinars, and will tailor the information for the relevant audiences.

Project Working Groups: include all members of the teams working on the various projects to address the group's objectives. 

Objective 1: Promote equity in the evidence base

  • equity in evidence synthesis (e.g. equity in all Cochrane reviews)
  • equity in other study designs (e.g. STROBE Equity extension)

Objective 2: Ensure equitable processes for stakeholder engagement

  • stakeholder engagement (e.g. guidance for multi-stakeholder engagement in evidence synthesis)

Objective 3: Produce high-quality, equity-focused evidence synthesis

  • production (e.g. conducting equity-focused systematic reviews on priority topics --- see current list of priorities)
  • priority setting (e.g. prioritizing equity-focused systematic reviews)

Objective 4: Build capacity for equity design, analysis, and reporting

  • capacity building (e.g. capacity building for evidence synthesis)
  • knowledge translation (e.g. collections of plain language summaries of equity-relevant reviews)

Objective 5: Promote equity in implementation tools

  • equity in guidelines (e.g. GRADE-equity, guidance for equity in guideline development, equity in specific guidelines)

Equity Group Members: membership is open to any individual interested in health equity and evidence synthesis. These members are invited to join project working groups or committees.