Speakers

Lisa Askie

lisa askieLisa leads the Systematic Reviews and Health Technology Assessment team at the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre at the University of Sydney, and is Manager of the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry. Lisa has a long-standing interest in the conduct and methodology of clinical trials and systematic reviews and has been involved with the Cochrane Collaboration since 1996 as a systematic review author and trainer. Lisa is the co-convenor of the Cochrane Prospective Meta-analysis Methods Group and member of the Cochrane Methods Editorial Board. Lisa and her team are currently involved in nine international individual patient data and prospective meta-analysis collaborations.

Elaine Beller

elaine bellerElaine is a biostatistician at Bond University. She was previously the Director of the Queensland Clinical Trials Centre, University of Queensland and Princess Alexandra Hospital. During 2009 she was a Visiting Research Scientist at the UK Cochrane Centre and the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford. Elaine’s research interests include the reporting of clinical research, better conduct and use of randomised controlled trials, and outcomes measurement in clinical trials. Elaine has been involved in the design, conduct and analysis of controlled clinical trials for more than 20 years.

Jonathan Craig

Jonathan Craig

Jonathan is a paediatric nephrologist at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney. He holds a personal Chair in Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney where he is Director of Clinical Epidemiology training programs.  Jonathan’s research is focused on preventing and treating kidney disease in children and adults, and child health more generally. Jonathan is the Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Renal Group and has been Co-Chair of The Cochrane Collaboration since 2009.

Julian Elliott

julian elliotJulian is Head of Clinical Research at the Monash University/Alfred Hospital Department of Infectious Diseases and a researcher with the Australasian Cochrane Centre. Julian’s research focuses on improving the currency and coverage of systematic reviews, through an approach termed ‘living systematic review’. This work has included development of novel software tools, mechanisms for inclusion of non-traditional authors and tailored platforms for end user engagement. He is actively involved in several initiatives within Cochrane that seek to transform the way reviews are done by harnessing both the power of technology and the enormous human and social resource of the Collaboration.

Davina Ghersi

davina ghersi cropDavina joined the National Health and Medical Research Council as a Senior Principal Research Scientist in 2011 after 5 years as Team Leader with the Research Policy and Cooperation Department of the World Health Organization in Geneva. At NHMRC she provides methodological support across the agency on issues relating to the creation and translation of research evidence. At WHO she led a program of work aimed at improving transparency and governance of clinical trials research and supported the development and approval of guidelines produced by WHO. Davina’s main research and academic interests are in publication bias, selective reporting, research transparency and accountability, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, and the use of evidence in health policy.

Paul Glasziou

Paul Glasziou

Paul is one of the most respected and well-known proponents of evidence-based practice. He is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and a part-time General Practitioner. From 2003 to 2010, Paul was Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. He is the author of six books related to evidence-based practice and has authored over 160 peer-reviewed journal articles. Paul is a member of the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) and is the recipient of an NHRMC Australia Fellowship which he commenced at Bond University in July 2010.

Sophie Hill

sophie hillSophie is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group. As Head of the Centre for Health Communication and Participation at La Trobe University, she has been researching the best ways to communicate evidence of treatments to consumers, using Cochrane Reviews. Her research interests are evidence-informed communication and health literacy. She is a member of the Victorian Department of Health's Participation Advisory Committee and chair of its sub-committee on health literacy.

Toby Lasserson

toby lassersonToby is Senior Editor in the Cochrane Editorial Unit and has been involved with the Cochrane Collaboration since 1999. His role within the CEU is to work together with the Editor in Chief and Senior Editor to monitor and review Cochrane Review Group editorial processes, improve the appearance and functionality of The Cochrane Library, and work on new product development. Toby also convenes the RevMan Advisory Committee which is spearheading the development of RevMan 6, due for release in 2014. Before joining the CEU, Toby was the Managing Editor for the Cochrane Airways Group, where he was responsible for supporting new and updated Cochrane reviews through to publication and developing resources for review authors.

Chris Mavergames

chris mavergamesOn September 1st, Chris was appointed Head of Informatics & Knowledge Management of the Cochrane Collaboration. Chris is charged with improving Cochrane’s information, technology and knowledge management functions, which will include the merging of the Web and IMS teams into a single department. From 2009 to September of this year, Chris lead Cochrane’s Web Team in the development and maintenance of Cochrane’s web presences; this includes more than 120 organizational, entity, and special project websites, as well as social media and other technology and knowledge management initiatives. He served as co-chair of the Cochrane Linked Data Project Board and has led Cochrane’s exploration into using linked data and semantic technologies to enhance the production and dissemination of Cochrane evidence since its inception in 2011.

Joanne McKenzie

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Jo is a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. She has been affiliated with the Australasian Cochrane Centre since 2003, and has various roles within the Cochrane Collaboration, including co-convenor of the Statistical Methods Group, statistical editor for the Consumers and Communication Review Group, and editor of Cochrane Methods. Jo’s research interests include methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes, selective inclusion and reporting of results in randomised trials and systematic reviews, and approaches to synthesising evidence in systematic reviews of policy, public health, and health service delivery interventions.

Nancy Owens

nancy owensAs web content & social media editor, Nancy is the voice of Cochrane’s online presence, curating, developing and disseminating content and resources via Cochrane social media feeds on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, SlideShare, and YouTube. Nancy has also led the development of cochrane.org as a communications channel for the organisation, serving as the principal editor of Cochrane Features, the Cochrane Blog, and the Cochrane news channels. Nancy has more than two decades of experience working in educational, commercial and academic publishing, and has been working with Cochrane for 14 years.

Alan Pearson

alan pearsonAlan is the foundation Executive Director of the Joanna Briggs Institute and the Coordinator of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field, based at the University of Adelaide, where he is also Head of School, School of Translational Health Science. He has been involved in systematic reviews for many years (both doing and researching), and has led reviews commissioned by all the major health and research agencies in Australia. Alan has extensive experience in clinical practice in the UK, the US, Papua New Guinea and Australia. JBI is actively involved in advancing evidence-based healthcare in many countries, and Alan has played a significant role in JBI's expansion to all areas of the world.

Anneliese Synnot

anneliese synnotAnneliese is a Research Fellow with the Cochrane Consumers and Communication Review Group at La Trobe University. As part of this work, she coordinated the research and development of the Making Sense of MS Research web site, summarising Cochrane Reviews for consumers. She is an experienced reviewer and provides methods support within the editorial team. She also works at the Centre of Excellence in Traumatic Brain Injury Research at the National Trauma Research Institute at The Alfred Hospital.

Katrina Williams

katrina williamsKatrina is a paediatrician, public health physician and APEX Australia Chair of Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Katrina’s current research focuses on autism and research methodology, particularly around systematic reviews of prognostic studies. Katrina has many roles within Cochrane, including being an editor for the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems Review Group, co-convening the Cochrane Child Health Field and co-convening the Cochrane Prognosis Methods Group. Katrina has active roles in implementing evidence to inform clinical care and service delivery, especially in the area of autism.

Mark Wilson

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Mark started work as The Cochrane Collaboration’s new Chief Executive Officer in November 2012. He has extensive leadership experience at the highest levels in international humanitarian and development organisations, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, where he was Chef de Cabinet, Senior Advisor to the Secretary General and the organisation’s Head of Planning. From 2004 to 2012 Mark was Executive Director of Panos London, and Chair of the worldwide Panos Network of Institutes which he helped to establish. Panos aims to ensure information and communication is effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy amongst poor and marginalised communities around the world.

 

 

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