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  • Cochrane Steering Group
    Please find below the main decisions by the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) from the London meeting. If you have any questions about these decisions, please contact your Steering Group Representative. The full minutes will be available soon. Cochrane Canada Decision: The CSG expressed continued support for Cochrane Canada and appreciation for the…
    April 14 2016
  • The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre organises a Conference on Clinical Appropriateness, 21-22 April
    The Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre and the Clinical Epidemiology Service of the Hospital of Sant Pau will hold a conference of CIBERESP (CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública; Biomedical Research Networking Centres of Epidemiology and Public Health) on 21-22 April  2016. The focus of the conference will be on 'Research to Improve Appropriateness…
    April 14 2016
  • Preventing overdiagnosis - from Barcelona to Seoul
    Dr Ray Moynihan is Senior Research Fellow at Bond University and co-chair of the scientific committee for the international Preventing Overdiagnosis conference taking place in Barcelona in September 2016. In this blog post he invites you to Barcelona, and explores the growing interest within Cochrane in tackling the problem of too much medicine –…
    April 14 2016
  • Swiss students share their experience at Cochrane's Colloquium
    Alain Amstutz, Elina Christes, Jérémy Glasner, Alen Hascic, and  Patrick Schmitt attended the last  Cochrane Colloquium. They shared information about Cochrane and their experience in the National Journal of Swiss Medical Students recently. This journal is distributed in all six medical faculties of Switzerland at the beginning of the semester.…
    April 12 2016
  • Speaking to students about Cochrane
    Reposted, with permission, from Cochrane Canada. Cochrane Canada’s Knowledge Broker, Eileen Vilis, shares more about her recent presentation to students and offers tips to other Cochrane groups.  Cochrane Canada was again invited to speak to the dental hygiene students and staff at the Canadian National Institute of Health in Ottawa about…
    March 30 2016
  • Clinical research is wasted when systematic reviews fail to provide a complete and up-to-date evidence synthesis: Cochrane team proposes a new approach
    An innovative analysis from a team of Cochrane France researchers suggests that systematic reviews of multiple treatments provide a fragmented, out-of-date panorama of the available evidence. These findings question the current approach to synthesizing evidence and suggest that it does not fully address the needs of patients and clinicians. The…
    March 22 2016
  • Cochrane has a new partnership policy
    The Cochrane Steering Group, in its January 2016 Vancouver meeting, approved a revision of Cochrane’s partnership policy. It also supported the proposed partnership framework. This framework is a useful tool for all Cochrane Groups when developing or evaluating their partnerships. In 2016, more tools will be developed to support Cochrane Groups…
    March 16 2016
  • Community website: next steps
    Dear Cochrane colleagues, I hope by now you will have had a chance to look around the re-designed Community website, following our soft launch at the end of February. As we are still actively developing the site and integrating and creating content, I’d like to update you on plans for the next stage of work. Responding to feedback We’ve had lots…
    March 15 2016
  •  Project Transform awarded Partnership Project grant
    Cochrane's Project Transform team was recently awarded a Partnership Project grant (2016-2018) of AU$930,416 from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. "This three-year grant is very welcome," says project lead Julian Elliott. "This funding will help us find the best way to bring together automation, crowdsourcing and…
    March 11 2016
  • Cochrane Translations: Cochrane Kompakt
    ‘Cochrane Kompakt,’ the German translation project, is a joint effort between Cochrane Germany, Cochrane Austria, and Cochrane Switzerland. Cordula Braun, from the Department of Physiotherapy at hochschule 21 in Germany, gave a presentation on a collaboration between German physiotherapists and the Cochrane Bone, Joint and Muscle Trauma Group to…
    March 9 2016
  • Cochrane maintains status as NGO in official relations with WHO
    The World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board, during its meeting in January 2016, decided to maintain Cochrane’s status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in official relations with the WHO. Our report of activities for 2013-2015 and our plan of work for 2016-2018 (reported on earlier here) were both approved.  This WHO decision is…
    March 9 2016
  • Learning Live explores ways to involve consumers
    Cochrane Learning Live is a new series of free monthly webinars aimed at anyone interested in learning skills or gaining knowledge and experience relating to Cochrane activities.  The series is managed by Cochrane’s Learning and Support Department. You can learn what topics are planned, watch videos of past webinars and find information aboout…
    March 8 2016
  • Remembering Andrew Herxheimer
    Reposted, with permission, from Cochrane Methods. It was with deep sadness that the Cochrane Adverse Effects Methods Group said goodbye to Andrew Herxheimer, a founding member of The Cochrane Collaboration and the Adverse Effects Methods Group. If it had not been for Andrew, the Adverse Effects Methods Group would never have existed. Andrew was…
    March 8 2016
  • Colorectal Cancer Group seeks experienced editors
    The Colorectal Cancer Group (CRCG) is seeking new editors to join its Editorial Board. Applicants should have broad methodological experience and expertise, including in the application of the GRADE process for evaluating certainty in relation to a body of evidence. Experience, knowledge and skills relating to gastrointestinal surgery or oncology…
    March 8 2016
  • Cochrane consultation on governance reform: deadline 18 March
    Final call for first round of feedback: submit by Friday 18 March The Cochrane Steering Group has announced a proposal for the transition to a new governance structure for Cochrane, including a transition from the Steering Group structure to a new Cochrane Governing Board. This proposal arises from a review of governance that the Steering Group…
    March 8 2016
  • Apply to the Cochrane Review Support Programme
    We are pleased to announce that the second funding round of a one-year pilot of the Cochrane Review Support Programme is now open. Key features of the programme: All Cochrane Review Groups may apply for the awards. Groups may nominate no more than two titles – either new reviews or review updates – from the November 2015 revision of the…
    March 7 2016
  • Cochrane editors discuss the results of a recent review
    Ovarian cancer is the seventh-most common cancer in women worldwide and has poor survival rates largely attributed to late-stage presentation. Women who have a suspicious ovarian mass without obvious disease outside of the ovary usually require surgery for diagnosis and staging. A new Cochrane Review provides crucial evidence on the accuracy of…
    March 7 2016
  • Cochrane Priority Reviews list: framework revision 2016
    In January 2015 the Cochrane Priority Reviews List was launched, and has become a ‘living’ record of Cochrane’s attempt to identify titles that are of greatest importance to our stakeholders and are likely to impact significantly on health outcomes worldwide. Cochrane-wide prioritisation remains an important project and has been included in the …
    March 7 2016
  • Cochrane ‘Trials Search Coordinators’ are now ‘Information Specialists’
    Following consultation with current Trials Search Coordinators (TSCs), the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG) has approved the TSCs’ recommendation that their title be changed to ‘Information Specialist’ and the title of Assistant Trials Search Coordinator be changed to ‘Assistant Information Specialist’. As the job title of TSC is not used outside…
    March 4 2016
  •  Health Field and the Cochrane Policy College cease operations
    The Cochrane Justice Health Field and the Cochrane Policy College have ceased operations effective 4 March 2016. An ongoing lack of resource capacity meant that the team were unable to continue to provide a coordinating base and we thank them for all of their hard work. Please direct all enquiries relevant to the Field’s work to the Central…
    March 3 2016
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