Learn + Teach with the UK Cochrane Centre

Learn + TeachThe UK Cochrane Centre is offering a range of training resources for UK and Ireland based authors and Editorial Base staff. Cochrane authors in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Israel, Iran and Bermuda and British Virgin Islands may also be eligible to attend the workshops and training courses.

These include:



Professor Anne-Marie Glenny

Oral Health Group Editor Professor Anne-Marie Glenny is now part of the Learn + Teach faculty as an associate lecturer, and will be teaching on some of the Cochrane Workshops.

Check out the Learn + Teach website for more information and a Workshop Timetable.

Launch of Cochrane Oral Health Group Pre-Submission Checklists

120px-Checkbox.svgThe Cochrane Oral Health Group has developed two new checklists to help authors ensure that their reviews and protocols meet the new Methodological Expectations of Cochrane Intervention Reviews (MECIR) standards.

The Cochrane Handbook is the official document that describes the process of preparing and maintaining Cochrane reviews, and you should refer to it at all stages of the review process.  The Cochrane Collaboration have also developed the MECIR guidance, a set of methodological expectations for Cochrane protocols, reviews and updates of reviews on the effects of interventions. The Cochrane Oral Health Group supports these conduct and reporting standards which reflect the recommendations in the Cochrane Handbook. Full details about the expectations can be found on the Cochrane Editorial Unit website.

The Oral Health Group editorial process aims to take account of these standards and make sure they are implemented in our reviews. To facilitate this we are introducing the COHG Authors Pre-submission Checklists for both protocols and reviews (and review updates). The checklists are designed to help authors to complete Cochrane protocols and reviews to the desirable standards before they are submitted for editorial approval. Each checklist gives information on the details required to be reported in the protocol/review including formatting, contact details, references and appendices. Authors should make sure that they take account of every item in the checklist.

Authors working on first drafts of either protocols, reviews or updates, should complete the relevant checklist and email it to cohg@manchester.ac.uk when the completed draft is checked into Archie for editorial approval.

The checklists can be found on our website. If you have any questions, contact the Editorial Base.

Oral Health Group Co-ordinating Editor Jan Clarkson wins IADR Distinguished Scientist Award


Co-ordinating Editor, Jan Clarkson

The Cochrane Oral Health Group is delighted to announce that the Group’s joint Co-ordinating Editor, Professor Jan Clarkson, has received the 2013 prestigious H. Trendley Dean Memorial Award. The prize is awarded by the  International Association for Dental Research (IADR). Jan received the award for her contributions to research in the field of dentistry and oral health.

The award is given for distinguished accomplishments in research and development in the fields of behavioural science, epidemiology and public health, and is one of the highest honours bestowed by the IADR.

The award, one of 16 IADR Distinguished Scientist Awards, is supported by the Colgate-Palmolive Company in memory of H Trendley Dean, the 21st President of the IADR and first dental officer of the National Institutes of Health.

Cochrane and related training for May and June 2013

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Training room, c. Ben Pike

The following workshops on systematic review methodology are available in May and June 2013. Follow the links for more information and for details on how to register.

Cochrane Standard Author Training
When: 1-3 May
Where: St John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

A three day  workshop to learn the basic skills of conducting a Cochrane Review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis, formulating conclusions and a hands-on session with Review Manager software.

Evidence Based Practice
When: 2 May
Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia

Participants will work in small groups with professionals in their field, you can expect to further develop your critical evaluation skills with complex journal articles, learn quick and easy ways to find good quality evidence to support clinical skills, and how to maximize effectiveness with clients through improve personal practice standards.
After the workshop, participants should be able to:
1. capture and formulate answerable clinical questions
2. search effectively for primary evidence, guidelines and other resources
3. critically appraise evidence

Protocol Development for Clinical Trials
When: 6-8 May
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

A three-day intensive training program focused on the essentials of clinical trials design. Participants will need to submit a clinical trial outline prior to registration, which will be reviewed by the facilitators. In the workshop this outline will be developed into a full protocol. The workshop can include protocol development for any area related to health and medicine, for example, general practice, medical specialties, allied health, exercise science, psychology, nutrition, medical education.

Review completion workshop
When: 13-17 May
Where: Australasian Cochrane Centre, Melbourne, Australia

This workshop provides review authors with dedicated time and support to complete or update their Cochrane systematic review. Authors spend a week at the Australasian Cochrane Centre working on their review, with expert trainers on hand to provide advice and support. In addition to dedicated working time, the workshop is tailored to individual author’s learning needs, and may provide teaching and discussion on assessing the eligibility of studies, data collection, assessing risk of bias, using the Review Manager software, statistical analysis, interpreting results and drafting the final review.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration (conducted in French)
When: 15 May, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Conducting Systematic Reviews of Complex Interventions
When: 22 May (full day)
Where: Oxford, UK

This workshop is aimed at Cochrane Review Authors from any Cochrane Review Group who are undertaking reviews of complex interventions using experimental treatments and quasi experimental designs including cluster randomised, controlled before and after studies and interrupted time series.

Webinar: Cochrane 101: an introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration
When: 6 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

Who was Cochrane? What is the Collaboration? And what are systematic reviews? Come learn about an international network that helps healthcare providers, policy-makers, patients, their advocates, and care-givers make well-informed decisions about health and health care. Hear how nearly 30,000 contributors work together to prepare, update, and disseminate Cochrane Reviews – and learn how you can join us!

Webinar: the steps of a Cochrane Review: an overview
When: 13 June
Where: Online

What makes Cochrane Reviews different from other systematic reviews? Who – and what – is involved in the process? We will introduce you to the steps of a Cochrane Review and give you some practical tips for getting a review underway.

Methodological developments in advanced bibliographic searching and assessing research impact
When: 16 June
Coex Convention Center, Seoul, South Korea

The Information Resources Group (IRG) workshop provides an opportunity for information specialists and others interested in information retrieval to come together to network and discuss important issues in HTA information management and systematic review work.

How to Practise Evidence-Based Child Health
When: 19-21 June
UCL Institute of Child Health, University of London, United Kingdom

A 3-day course for health professionals who want to enhance their clinical or research skills, learn more about how to use the best available evidence in their everyday practice and examine evidence underpinning guidelines.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
When: 19-21 June
Where: Gold Coast, Australia

This three-day workshop is designed for new authors starting a Cochrane systematic review. A mixture of presentations and hands-on sessions will give you an overview of all the methods required to write your protocol and get started on the review. Day 1 will cover scoping your review, the process of writing a protocol and searching the literature for included studies; Day 2 will cover assessing the risk of bias (critical appraisal) of your included studies, and begin an introduction to meta-analysis, common data types encountered in systematic reviews, and using the Review Manager software package; Day 3 will look at analysis of more complex study designs and data types, exploring and interpreting your results.

Webinar: Let’s start at the very beginning: getting the question right for your Cochrane Review
When: 20 June, 1pm (Toronto time), 1 hour
Where: Online

A strong, clear question gives your Cochrane Review the foundation it needs: it informs your search strategy, narrows your focus, and provides the framework for your team’s work. Join us to learn what sort of questions are answered in Cochrane Reviews. We’ll cover the key components of a good research question and we’ll work through sample questions: you’re invited to share your research topic as an example!

Prognosis Research Course
When: 26-28 June
Keele University, Keele, Staffordshire, United Kingdom

This 3-day summer school is designed to introduce the key components of prognosis research to health professionals and researchers, including: a framework of
different prognosis research questions (overall prognosis, prognostic factors, prognostic models, and stratified medicine); key principles of study design and methods; interpretation of statistical results about prognosis; the limitations of current prognosis research, and how the field can be improved. The course consists of a mixture of seminars and guest lectures from international experts in the field

Have you signed the All Trials petition yet?

The Cochrane Collaboration is one of the supporters of the All Trials campaign, the aim of which is to get the results of all clinical trials (past and present) registered and published.

Cochrane cannot produce accurate and rigorous systematic reviews unless the results of all trials are published and openly available. As the All Trials website says: “Information on what was done and what was found in these trials could be lost forever to doctors and researchers, leading to bad treatment decisions, missed opportunities for good medicine, and trials being repeated.”

The founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, Dr Iain Chalmers, explains why this is crucial on the MRC website. He comments: “It’s not only unethical and scientific misconduct; it is also simply a waste of precious research resources. As illustrated by numerous examples, under-reporting of research has led to harm to patients from exaggerated estimates of treatment benefits and safety, and built-in inefficiency in efforts to discover useful and safer treatments.”

Hundreds of organisations have now commited to the aim of getting all clinical trials registered and their results reported. These include regulators and faculties. GSK, one of the biggest drug companies in the world, has signed up and others are considering it. Some of these groups are now starting discussions about the practical ways to stop trial results being withheld.

Show your support today by signing the AllTrials petition.

Call for nominations: Cochrane Collaboration prizes

The call for nominations has opened for 4 prizes to be awarded by the Cochrane Collaboration

kennethwarrenThe Kenneth Warren Prize

The Prize for any given year is open to the principal author of a review published on the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in The Cochrane Library, in Issues 4-12 of the previous year and issues 1-3 of the current year. See the Collaboration’s dedicated webpage for more information.

Nominations may come from authors who self-select their review(s) based on methodological quality and relevance, and also Review Group editorial teams and other members of The Cochrane Collaboration. Please note that this is different to previous years, when entrance into the Prize was automatic for all reviews authored by a developing country national.

Nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Operations Unit (operations-unit@cochrane.org), with the name of the Prize in the subject heading.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 15 May 2013.

Chris_SilagyThe Chris Silagy Prize

Potential recipients of the Chris Silagy Prize are required to have:

  • made an extraordinary and sustained contribution to The Cochrane Collaboration that would not be recognised outside the scope of this Prize, for example, in administration, communication, support or co-ordination. Publishing a piece of research work or preparing a Cochrane systematic review do not fall within the scope of this Prize as they qualify for other awards and methods of recognition. The Prize is not awarded for a single task, but for a sustained contribution to the ethos of the Collaboration.
  • made a contribution that exceeds the expectations of their employment;
  • been identified by their peers as consistently contributing to a spirit of collaboration.

More information about the Chris Silagy Prize can be found at http://www.cochrane.org/docs/prizes.htm#csprize. Nominations should be emailed to Sally Green (sally.green@med.monash.edu.au) by 31 July 2013. The award will be made at the Cochrane Colloquium in Quebec, Canada.

The Anne Anderson Award

The goal of the Anne Anderson Award is to recognize and stimulate individuals contributing to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership. The award is given to a member of The Cochrane Collaboration who has contributed meaningfully to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration.

Past or current active women members of The Cochrane Collaboration are eligible for the Award. Recipients will be selected based on emotional and cognitive intelligence, serving as an inspiration to others, evidence of cumulative accomplishment, originality and independence of thought, personal qualities, team building, leadership and mentorship. The nominee’s contribution to or enhancement of women’s visibility within the Collaboration, participation in The Cochrane Collaboration and other leadership, and other accomplishments within the context of The Cochrane Collaboration will also be considered in the selection process.

Nominations may be made by anyone within The Cochrane Collaboration. A one-page letter of nomination should be submitted, summarizing the nominee’s involvement in The Cochrane Collaboration and how she meets the following criteria:

  • Meaningful contribution to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to The Cochrane Collaboration.
  • Contribution to or enhancement of women’s visibility within the Collaboration.
  • Participation in The Cochrane Collaboration and other leadership.
  • Other accomplishments within the context of The Cochrane Collaboration.

The nomination letter should include specific examples of the nominee’s contribution to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, mentoring, training, encouraging, supporting and promoting women for their work in The Cochrane Collaboration, as well as serving as a role model and inspiration. Deliberate use of multiple nominators is discouraged.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 31 July. The nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Operations Unit (operations-unit@cochrane.org) with ‘Anne Anderson Award’ in the subject heading. For more information, see the Collaboration’s website.

clip_image002The Bill Silverman Prize

The Bill Silverman Prize is offered annually, and explicitly acknowledges the value of criticism of The Cochrane Collaboration, with a view to helping to improve its work, and thus achieve its aim of helping people make well-informed decisions about health care by providing the best possible evidence on the effects of healthcare interventions. Please note that this Prize is not for the preparation of a Cochrane Review; rather, it is for a piece of published or presented research which demonstrates critical thinking, either in evaluating any aspect of the preparation, maintenance or dissemination of Cochrane Reviews or about the work of The Cochrane Collaboration more generally. It should be of high quality, have been accompanied by constructive suggestions on how the relevant aspects of the Collaboration’s work could be improved; and have had, or is likely to have, a positive impact on the scientific quality, relevance and use of Cochrane Reviews.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is 31 July. Nominations can be made by anyone, including the authors of the publication or presentation being nominated. Nominations should be emailed to Jini Hetherington (jhetherington@cochrane.org) at the Cochrane Operations Unit, with ‘Bill Silverman Prize’ in the subject heading, accompanied by the publication or presentation, and a brief explanation as to how it meets the criteria for the Prize. More information can be found on the webpage for the prize.