Cochrane and related training for July and August 2013


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The following training is available over the summer, follow the links to find out more!

Systematic review course
Where: Nottingham, UK
When: 2-5 July
Experienced tutors are on hand to give practical advice in this course which involves small group teaching, workshops, interactive tutorial and hands-on practical work.

Introduction to writing a Cochrane systematic review
Where: Kerry Packer Institute for Child Health Research, Sydney, Australia
When: 3-5 July
A three day workshop designed for new authors starting a Cochrane systematic review. You can choose to attend all or part of the workshop. Only authors who have a registered title, or are in the process of registering a title, can join.

Summer School Systematic Reviews
Where: Austrian Cochrane Branch, Danube University, Krems, Austria
When: 8-11 July
This workshop gives a theoretical and practical insight into the process of systematic reviews. It is a combination of lectures and instructor-led and independent practical work. The workshop will be held in German and English.

Symposium: Methods for Evaluating Medical Tests and Biomarkers
Where: Birmingham. UK
When: 15-16 July
An international symposium attracting researchers interested in the development, evaluation or regulation of biomarkers, diagnostic modalities, or other medical tests.  The symposium is to be hosted by the Test & Biomarker Evaluation Research Group based at the University of Birmingham.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews
Where: Gold Coast, Australia
When: 17 July
This workshop provides an introduction to systematic reviews, aimed at clinicians who want to understand how to use a systematic review in their practice. It covers the basic structure of a systematic review, how to critically appraise the quality of a review, search strategies, and interpreting the results of a systematic review. No previous experience with systematic reviews is required.

Developing a Cochrane Systematic Review
Where: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
When: 17 July
This workshop guides participants through the steps of developing a systematic review and includes presentations about Cochrane Collaboration methodology, hands-on practice using the Cochrane Collaboration’s Review Manager (RevMan) software, and a statistics review session. It is limited to Cochrane review authors who have a registered title, have published a protocol in The Cochrane Library or who have a protocol approved for publication by a Cochrane Review Group.

Webinar: Summary of Findings Tables with GRADE Profiler
Where: Online
When: 30 July (12pm, Melbourne UTC+10)
The Cochrane Live webinar series is an opportunity for authors in Australia and the South East Asian region to participate in online, interactive training sessions from the comfort of your own desk. This webinar will cover creating Summary of Findings tables for Cochrane reviews, using GRADE.

TEACH workshop
Where: New York Academy of Medicine, New York City, USA
When: 7-9 August
Registration is open to attend the “Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare” (TEACH) program in New York City. TEACH is for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, librarians and other health care professionals interested in Evidence-Based Care. It utilizes small group learning supplemented by plenary sessions.

Cochrane Standard Author Training Workshop
Where: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
When: 16-18 August
A three day workshop, teaching the basic skills of conducting a systematic review. Topics include protocols, setting your question, literature searching, study selection, assessing bias, data and analysis and formulating conclusions. A hands-on session with the Review Manager software is also included.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews of Interventions
Where: Australasian Cochrane Centre, School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Melbourne, Australia
When: 26-27 August
A two day course featuring a mix of hands on activities and presentations. Topics covered include defining the research question, planning inclusion criteria, searching the literature, assessing bias, meta-analysis , data analysis and interpreting results.

DON’T FORGET: early bird registration for the Cochrane Colloquium (Quebec City, 19-23 Sep) ends on the 15 July. Register now so you don’t miss out on the discounted rates!!

GRADE Webinar Series

GRADEAre you an author of a Cochrane review? Do you have a question about the GRADE approach to systematic reviews?

The GRADE working group and the Cochrane Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group (ARMG) have set up a series of webinars to answer any kind of questions about the GRADE approach.

These monthly webinars began in February 2013 and are being recorded on Elluminate (tech support kindly provided by the PAHO).

If you have any questions about the GRADE system you are welcome to send it to: with the subject line “Question for GRADE and Cochrane ARMG webinar”.

The next webinar in the series will take place on 14 March 2013 at 12.00 EST (5pm GMT).

Check the GRADE working group website for details, and you can follow the Grade Working Group on Facebook and Twitter.

Previous webinars in the series are available now via Blackboard Collaborate.