Co-Convenors

Convenors of the Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group (RRMG) are listed here (in alphabetical order):

Prof. Declan Devane, PhD, PGDip, MSc, BSc, DipHE, RGN, RM, RNT
Chair of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland Galway
Chantelle Garritty MSc, PhD (c)
Chantelle Garritty is a Senior Epidemiologist with the Global Health and Guidelines Division at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Previously, she was a Senior Research Program Manager and Scientific Lead of the Rapid Reviews Program (Knowledge Synthesis Group) based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), Ottawa, Canada from 2011-2021. During this time, Chantelle led several rapid reviews and (rapid) scoping reviews working closely with several healthcare decision-making organizations to facilitate the timely production of evidence. She is also experienced in delivering training and education on rapid review and other knowledge synthesis methodologies. Currently, Chantelle is a consulting Senior Advisor with Cochrane Response (Cochrane's evidence consultancy group). She is nearing completion of her doctoral studies at the University of Split, School of Medicine (Translational Research in Biomedicine program) in Croatia where is has focussed studies on ways to optimize the use and uptake of evidence from rapid reviews by policymakers and other healthcare decision-makers.
Prof. Gerald Gartlehner MD, MPH
Gerald Gartlehner is the Director of Cochrane Austria and the Associate Director of the RTI-International – University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center in the United States. Dr. Gartlehner’s main professional interests concern comparative efficacy and safety of medications and advanced methodology for synthesizing bodies of evidence and for dealing with problems of heterogeneity, applicability, and strength of evidence.  He participates in national and international methods groups that strive to advance the field of systematic reviews (e.g., GRADE Working Group). Dr Gartlehner holds two European Board certifications (family medicine; emergency medicine); he is also a clinical epidemiologist.
Chris Kamel MSc
Chris Kamel joined the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) in 2011 and has managed the CADTH Rapid Response Service program for four years. Chris has experience with rapid reviews, systematic reviews, and health technology assessment with a focus on medical devices, diagnostics, and procedures.  He has an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.
Prof. Valerie King MD, MPH
Valerie King is the Director of Research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She oversees research methods and a variety of health services, clinical evidence, and policy implementation research projects. She is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). From 2005 through 2008 she was the Associate Director of AHRQ’s Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center at OHSU, part of AHRQ’s Comparative Effectiveness Program. She has authored, and served as an advisory panel member and peer reviewer for multiple AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center evidence reports. A cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at UNC. From 1995 through 1997 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholars fellowship in 2007 with a focus on maternity health policy. An Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University from 1998 to 1999, she studied maternity services, health policy, and systematic review methodology. She is actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and is a co-convener of the Rapid Review Method Group. Valerie maintains a consulting and teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care.
Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit  PhD, MSc, BSc
Barbara Nussbaumer-Streit is Associate Director of Cochrane Austria and Researcher at the Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology at the Danube University Krems. Her professional interests are systematic reviews and methodological research in the field of evidence-based medicine with a focus on assessing the validity of rapid review approaches. She studied health- and nursing science at the Medical University of Graz and completed her PhD in Public Health at the Medical University of Vienna. 
Adrienne Stevens MSc, PhD
Adrienne Stevens is a Clinical Research Manager at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada and Scientific Lead of the Ottawa Evidence Review Centre for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. She has 15 years of experience with systematic reviews, led Cochrane Canada’s author training program, and is an Associate Editor with the journal Systematic Reviews.  She has been involved with rapid reviews for several years and recently completed her doctoral work in relation to rapid reviews and reporting.

Associate Convenors:

Candyce Hamel MSc, PhD (c)
Candyce Hamel is a Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) in Ottawa, Canada. She works primarily on systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and rapid reviews but is also involved in methods development. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of Split, School of Medicine (Translational Research in Biomedicine program) in Croatia. Her thesis is focused on rapid review methods and the use of artificial intelligence in rapid reviews.
Lisa Affengruber MSc, PhD (c)
Lisa Affengruber is a Research Associate at Cochrane Austria and the Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Evaluation at the Danube University Krems. Her main work consists of conducting systematic reviews and methodological research. Alongside this, she is a PhD student at Maastricht University (The Netherlands). Her dissertation focuses on exploring rapid review methods, especially on assessing the validity of rapid review approaches. She holds an MSc in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Vienna.