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Cochrane is seeking a Senior Methods Adviser to join its Editorial Board

Mar, 01/16/2018 - 15:33

Specifications: Availability for the equivalent of one half day per week (0.1 FTE)
Salary: Around £8,000 or equivalent per annum
Location: Unlimited
Application Closing Date: 20th  Jan 2018

Context

As part of its Transformation Project, we are creating a new Editorial Board for the Cochrane Library. The Editorial Board will be responsible for developing and monitoring editorial and content strategy for the Library, and monitoring the performance of the Cochrane Library, in support of the Editor in Chief and his team.  We are now seeking an experienced methodologist to join the Board, to provide specialist guidance and support to the Board.

The Board will also include:

  • Senior Editors leading the eight new Networks of Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs)
  • Professor Sally Green representing and providing support for knowledge translation activities
  • A representative of the decision maker or evidence user community (to be appointed)
Accountability and Responsibility

The Editorial Board will be accountable to Cochrane’s Editor in Chief (EiC). It will be responsible for supporting the EiC and overseeing development and implementation of an editorial strategy, the review production process for Cochrane Reviews, and monitoring the performance of the Cochrane Library.

The Senior Methods Adviser  role on the Editorial Board will include the following:

  • Providing guidance to the Board on methodological issues, and advocating for methods that will guide evidence informed decision making
  • Providing a communication bridge between the Board and the methods community, including the Methods Co-ordinator, Scientific Committee, Methods Executive and Groups
  • Providing guidance to the Editor in Chief, CEU team and Methods Co-ordinator on methodological issues
  • Leadership role as Executive Editor for the proposed Methods Supplement for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Contributing to the development and implementation of a content strategy in respect of innovative and novel methods
  • Supporting measures aimed at driving up quality, and overseeing monitoring functions that seek to hold contributors, groups and central executive teams to account. 
  • Providing critique and solutions to continuously improve the experience for Library users.
  • Contributing to the development of Key Performance Iindcators for the Cochrane Library, particularly in respect of methods innovation
Person specification

The Senior Methods Adviser on the Editorial Board will possess the seniority and experience that enables her or him to fulfil the role as described above, and to be a credible leader within the methods community.

Essential characteristics include:

  • Leadership in the Cochrane methods community e.g. past or current convenor of a Cochrane Methods Group
  • Experience of having led and published methodological research
  • Educated to Doctorate level with a relevant qualification in research synthesis methods.
  • Experience with the conduct and editing of Cochrane Reviews, and in depth, familiarity with both the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and Cochrane’s MECIR Standards.
  • Broad and deep understanding of current and emerging evidence synthesis methods
  • Involvement in the Cochrane Review production process, as a review author and peer reviewer
  • Critical thinking, creativity and problem solving
  • Strong communication and influencing skills
  • Strong commitment to Cochrane’s Strategy and Mission
  • Management and supervisory experience, and the ability to work with people dispersed geographically.
  • Capacity to devote the equivalent of one half day per week and to attend bi-monthly meetings of the Editorial Board via teleconference and in person as appropriate

Desirable attributes:

  • Past or present experience of editing high quality systematic reviews
  • Experience and expertise in developing strategy
  • Experience of remote and distance working and management
Resources

The Senior Methods Adviser will receive an honorarium of 8000 GBP for the equivalent of at least one half day per week of activity.

Term of appointment

The Senior Methods Adviser will be appointed in early 2018. He or she will serve as a member of Cochrane’s Editorial Board for a period of three years, renewable for a further three years.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a conflict of interest disclosure.

Recruitment process

The Editorial Board is likely to function primarily as a virtual body, so that geographical location is not a barrier to appointment. We welcome applications from individuals based anywhere in the world.

The appointment process will consider the need for all aspects of diversity, including those of gender, age, experience, language and geographical location within the membership of the Editorial Board. Cochrane’s Editor in Chief aims to appoint a balanced Editorial Board that includes a wide range of content and methodological expertise.

We are open to job share applications that describe how the functions will be divided, and how continuity will be achieved.

All applications will be reviewed by the Editor in Chief, the Deputy Editor in Chief, and the Sustainability Project Team, who will jointly make the appointments.

To apply, please send a letter, Curriculum Vitae, and letter of support from your line manager in your primary role to recruitment@cochrane.org by Monday 20th January 2018.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks six senior leaders to join its vibrant Review Networks

Lun, 01/15/2018 - 18:42

Cochrane is creating vibrant and robust Networks of sustainable, nimble, and connected Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) which will become the focus for the efficient and timely production of high quality systematic reviews that address the research questions that are most important to decision makers. The creation of the thematic Networks provides an exciting opportunity for Cochrane to support a new generation of senior leaders within the organization.

Following its Governing Board decision in September 2017 to approve the creation of new thematic Networks, Cochrane started a recruitment process to appoint eight high-performing Senior Editors to lead the Networks.

We are delighted to announce we have appointed Professor Lisa Bero as the Senior Editor for the Public Health and Health Services Network, and Dr Nicole Skoetz as the Senior Editor for the Cancer Network.

The recruitment process for Senior Editors has been extended and we are now actively recruiting for the following Networks:

  • Acute and Emergency Care;
  • Brain, Nerves and Mind;
  • Children and Families;
  • Circulation and Breathing; and
  • Long-term Conditions and Ageing (that includes two distinct Networks).

At this stage, we welcome applications from experienced leaders within Cochrane, including those who are only able to make a commitment of one year in the first instance, in order to initiate the development of the Network.  

General Description

Senior Editors will support and co-ordinate a wide range of activities within the thematic Networks, assisted by an Associate Editor. They will be primarily responsible for ensuring review quality within their networks, will oversee prioritization and coverage assessment activities, and support innovation that leads to reviews that are better able to meet the needs of end users.

Key areas of Responsibility

Within their individual Network, working with CRG teams and the Associate Editor, the Senior Editor’s main responsibilities are both strategic and operational:

  • To ensure that the reviews produced and published by the CRGs within the Network are of high quality and meet Cochrane’s standards.
  • To identify gaps in scope and coverage based on (at least) the global burden of disease or potential for health impact, and to lead and support prioritization processes within the Network.
  • To lead and support the identification of shared priorities within the Network.
  • To support communication between the Network and Cochrane community.

In addition, the Senior Editors will provide an important function by liaising between the Network and the Editor in Chief (EiC), Cochrane Executive Team (CET), and Centres with respect to issues of training, technology, knowledge translation, and innovations in Cochrane Reviews. This aims to ensure that the Networks and CRG community have a strong voice in decisions taken about review production and knowledge translation issues.

Senior Editors will have a strategic leadership role in the Network; and through their membership of the newly created Editorial Board. They will contribute to developing and overseeing strategy, and also to the monitoring the performance of the Cochrane Library.

Each Senior Editor will be responsible for one Network.

Resources

The Senior Editors will receive funding from Cochrane to support their work – scaled at about one day per week of activity.

Senior Editors will be able to draw on support from the Associate Editor allocated to their Network, and from the proposed Methods Support Team. The CET will also seek internal and external opportunities for attracting resources for additional support to Networks.

Accountability

Senior Editors are accountable to Cochrane’s Editor in Chief. Upon their appointment, Senior Editors will form an important part of the newly established Editorial Board for the Cochrane Library, along with colleagues representing methods, knowledge translation and end users. The Editorial Board will be responsible for supporting the Editor in Chief and overseeing development and implementation of editorial strategy, and in particular the review production process for Cochrane Reviews.

Person specification

Senior Editors should bring experience that enables them to fulfil the responsibilities of Networks and the Editorial Board, and expertise relevant to the operation of an organization such as Cochrane, operating as a not-for-profit charity in the research and publishing sectors.

Co-ordinating Editors are invited to apply for the role of Senior Editor, but they should step down from the role of Co-ordinating Editor during their term as Senior Editor. Where this is impossible to do immediately, they will be expected to have a joint Co-ordinating Editor, and demonstrate the means by which they will separate the roles to permit independent sign off of reviews produced within their CRG, to avoid the risk or perception of favouring their own CRG in their role as leader of the Network.

Senior Editors should also have substantial experience and expertise in key areas of review production and processes, and in addition should be able to work with:

  • Sensitivity, openness and awareness of non-verbal communication
  • Display critical thinking, creativity and strategic awareness
  • An ability to identify potential problems and deal with risk
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity and an awareness of issues of equity
Essential attributes:
  • Leadership and strategy skills and experience
  • Skills and knowledge in basic and advanced systematic review methods
  • Recent experience of conducting and leading high-quality systematic reviews (Cochrane Reviews desirable)
  • Advanced communication, influencing and negotiation skills
  • Advanced problem solving and time management skills
  • Strong commitment to Cochrane’s Strategy to 2020, the Transformation Programme, and the importance of high quality, relevant systematic reviews that impact on health care and policy
  • Ability to support and lead innovation
  • Ability to commit to providing availability for one day per week for at least a one-year period
Desirable attributes:
  • Relevant content expertise
  • Past or present experience of being a Co-ordinating Editor of a high performing CRG
  • Past or present experience of editing systematic reviews
Term of appointment

Senior Editors will usually be appointed for a period of three years. At the end of three years, they will be eligible to stand for re-election.

Recruitment process

This position is open to anyone within Cochrane who meets the requirements described above. To apply, please send a letter outlining your suitability for the role, and a recent Curriculum Vitae. The closing date is Thursday 15th February 2018.

All applications will be reviewed by the Editor in Chief, the Deputy Editor in Chief, and the Sustainability Project Team, who will jointly make the appointments.

We invite job share applications that describe how the functions will be divided, and how continuity will be achieved.

The appointment process will consider the need for all aspects of diversity, including those of gender, age and experience, language and geographical location. We aim to appoint a balanced Editorial Board that includes Senior Editors who possess a wide range of content and methodological expertise.

Individuals who are interested in exploring this opportunity are encouraged to speak with David Tovey, Editor in Chief (dtovey@cochrane.org), or Karla Soares-Weiser, Deputy Editor in Chief (ksoares-weiser@cochrane.org).

To apply please submit your application including a covering letter, Curriculum Vitae, and letter of support to hrenquiries@cochrane.org by Thursday 15th February 2018.

 

Monday, January 15, 2018 Category: Jobs

Calling all Citizen Scientists! Join the CitSciMed Blitz!

Lun, 01/15/2018 - 16:30

Got a burning passion for health? Ready to make a difference? We’ve got you covered.

Join Cochrane Crowd, our partner platforms Mark2Cure and Stall Catchers and our collective global volunteer network for the CitSciMed Blitz. Together we can speed up medical research and make a difference.

Cochrane Crowd is Cochrane’s new citizen science platform. Our main focus is identifying studies that provide the best possible evidence of the effectiveness of a health treatment. Once identified by the Crowd the studies go into a central register where health researchers and practitioners can access them. The more studies identified by the Crowd, the more high-quality evidence is available to help health practitioners treat their clients. Watch this 2-minute video to learn more, and sign up to get started!

Mark2Cure is a citizen science platform that enables volunteers to help in the process of biomedical discovery. Volunteers extract information from biomedical abstracts in order to help researchers find clues on a rare disease known as NGLY1-deficiency. Take a look at the platform and sign up here.

Stall Catchers is a citizen science game speeding up Alzheimer’s research. In the game, you’re analyzing movies from a live mouse brain, and looking for signs of stalls - clogged blood vessels. By putting many eyes on the task, we can hope to find promising Alzheimer’s treatment targets in just a couple of years, instead of decades. Take a look at the platform and sign up here.

Importantly, no special knowledge is necessary to contribute to any of these platforms! Just a desire to help progress medical research and treatment.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Cochrane seeks Managing Director of Cochrane Canada - Hamilton, Ont., Canada

Jue, 01/11/2018 - 16:18

Cochrane Canada is the Canadian arm of Cochrane, an independent global network of over 30,000 healthcare practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, working to translate systematically reviewed evidence into useful information for health care decision making. The Managing Director is a high profile position for McMaster University. This role will represent McMaster in the global health sciences community and will be pivotal to advancing the aims of Cochrane Canada and, by extension, the global Cochrane network.

The Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster will lead research on improving the systematic review process and the methodology of integrating different types of evidence and knowledge for optimal knowledge translation to health care and policy.

Specifically, as one of 17 Cochrane Regional Centres worldwide, the Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster promotes evidence-based health care by:

  • Acting as the central point of contact for Cochrane within Canada
  • Promoting awareness, access and use of its main product, Cochrane Reviews
  • Developing working relationships with relevant organizations, both governmental and non-governmental, in Canada to promote evidence-based health care
  • Coordinating training activities across Canada on how to use and write systematic reviews
  • Supporting Cochrane Review Groups located in Canada, and
  • Implementing the findings of systematic reviews
  • Leading research on integrating different types of evidence in evidence syntheses

Cochrane’s mission is to provide accessible, credible information to support informed decision-making in order to improve global health. The goal of interactions with stakeholders is to fulfill its mission.

Job Summary:

The position of Managing Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster based on the direction set by the Director. This leader has a Masters degree in Business, Health Research Methodology, Public Health or equivalent (PhD preferred) and thorough knowledge in health systems, political systems and international health agencies. Bilingualism (French & English) would be an asset.

The Managing Director requires a senior leader who can develop and execute the vision for strategic growth, champion the Centre on national and international platforms, act as a McMaster ambassador at global events to support the success of the Centre at McMaster. Furthermore, the Managing Director will also be responsible for supporting the development and oversight of large grants and fundraising efforts to secure future funding while taking primary responsibility for supervision of CCC staff, including maintenance of a positive work environment, performance appraisal, training, professional development, budget, recruitment, workload management and implementation of all relevant University HR policies and procedures.

The Managing Director, Cochrane Canada, requires a leader who has 5 - 10 years of senior program management experience and a proven track record of successful execution of multifaceted programs comprised of simultaneous, complex and often inter-dependent projects, in a research, knowledge-translation and/or healthcare environment. 

To learn more about this position, download the full job description.

To apply, find the job listing on McMaster University job board.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Executive Assistant to the CEO - London, UK

Jue, 01/11/2018 - 15:37

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

This is an exciting role for an individual who would relish the challenge of providing efficient and responsive administrative, organisational, and logistical support service to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This role will be 37.5 hours per week.

We are looking for an experienced Executive Assistant to the CEO with a proven collaborative approach to assist CEO and support his department. The successful candidate will need to be extremely well organized to manage a high workload.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement with “Executive Assistant to the CEO” in the subject line to recuitment@cochrane.org.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

 For further information, please download the full job desciption.

Deadline for applications: 31/01/2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Office Manager - London, UK

Jue, 01/11/2018 - 15:12

Specifications: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 31st January 2018

Cochrane is a global, independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesizing research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed. Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

This role is an exciting opportunity to use your experience in office management, facilities and administration to support colleagues in making a difference in the field of health care research. 

The Office Manager will be responsible for providing the facilities management for Cochrane’s London Office, including acting as the first point of contact with the landlord and managing agents; managing the general administration requirements for the Central Executive Teams, and to help ensure that the best value is obtained for all office expenditure.

We are looking for a self-motivated and highly organised individual who is able to work effectively and collaboratively with a diverse range of contacts both within and external to the organisation.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Previous Office/facilities management experience.
  • Excellent typing skills - speed and accuracy essential.
  • Excellent IT skills, including MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage own workload amid conflicting demands and busy work periods.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Confident in problem solving and using initiative
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Ability to communicate confidently with people at all levels.
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and diplomacy in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters.
  • Attention to detail/accuracy.
  • Adaptability

Previous experience within the healthcare sector would be useful.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement with ‘Office Manager’ in the subject line to recruitment@cochrane.org .  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities, and skills which you feel are relevant to the post.

For further information, please download the full job desciption.

Deadline for applications: 31/01/2018 (12 midnight GMT)

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks Interim Finance Manager - London, UK

Jue, 01/11/2018 - 14:54

Specifications: Full Time Interim
Salary:
Competitive
Location:
London
Application Closing Date:
31st January 2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

The successful candidate will need to be extremely well organized with demonstrable experience of managing a complex finance function. We are looking for a candidate with proven experience of managing a small team with a collaborative approach to support all aspects of Finance across Cochrane.

The principal accountabilities for the post include; Oversight of Financial ledgers; Production of Management Accounts, Business Performance metrics and cash flows; Support for the annual year audit process; Fundraising and restricted Fund support.

Candidates with both Commercial and Charity experience with an ability to operate with minimal supervision and quickly build strong working relationships are encouraged to apply.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “Interim Finance Manager” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post together with salary expectations.

For further information, please download the full job description.

Deadline for applications: (12 midnight GMT) 31st  January 2018.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane is seeking a new Co-ordinating Editor for the Colorectal Cancer Group- any location

Mié, 01/10/2018 - 18:31

We are looking for a new home for the Cochrane Colorectal Cancer Group (CRCG). In addition to the detection, treatment and monitoring of colorectal cancer, the Group’s scope also currently covers other abdominal surgery-related topics, including hernia and appendicitis.

The CRCG portfolio of reviews includes 116 active reviews and 65 protocols.

Applications are welcomed from individuals based anywhere in the world. Henning Keinke Andersen, the Group’s Managing Editor has indicated that he is willing to remain in post if appropriate.

We will accept applications from within the existing Cochrane community and beyond. Applicants should be aware of the following requirements:

  1. The Co-ordinating Editor should have experience of authoring and editing Cochrane Reviews, in addition to relevant content expertise.
  2. The Co-ordinating Editor will work with the current Editors for continuity with regards to securing funding for the activities of the Group, and completing the CRG re-accreditation process.
  3. The Co-ordinating Editor will be required to sign the Collaboration Agreement, and will need to demonstrate their capacity to commit at least 0.1 FTE per week to the activities of the Group, and preferably more.
  4. The Co-ordinating Editor will develop the Editorial Board for the group.

Read the guidance for the re-accreditation process.

Potential applicants should familiarise themselves with Cochrane’s Commercial sponsorship and Conflict of interest policies.

Individuals who are interested in exploring this opportunity are encouraged to speak with Karla Soares-Weiser, Deputy Editor in Chief (ksoares-weiser@cochrane.org).

To apply please send a cover letter responding to the numbered bullet points above, and a short Curriculum Vitae. The closing date for applications is 10th February 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane seeks two Co-ordinating Editors for Cochrane Anaesthesia and Critical Care - any location

Mié, 01/10/2018 - 18:03

Cochrane is splitting Cochrane Anaesthesia and Critical Care (ACE) into two new groups: Cochrane Anaesthesia and Cochrane Critical Care. We are seeking two Co-ordinating Editors to lead these groups.

As of January 2018, two new groups will be created as a result of splitting the portfolio of the current ACE Group: Cochrane Anaesthesia and Cochrane Critical Care.

After 15 and seven years of service, respectively, as Co-ordinating Editors for the Cochrane ACE Group, Ann Moller and Nathan Pace have decided to step down. They will continue their involvement as Editors for the new groups. We thank Ann and Nathan for their contribution as Co-ordinating Editors to Cochrane.

We are looking to appoint two new Co-ordinating Editors for Cochrane Anaesthesia and Cochrane Critical Care.

Jane Cracknell, Cochrane ACE’s Managing Editor (based in the UK), and Janne Vendt, Cochrane ACE’s Information Specialist (based in Denmark), have both indicated that they are willing to stay on in support of the two new groups, as appropriate.

The CRCG portfolio of reviews includes 207 active reviews and 47 protocols.

We will accept applications from within the existing Cochrane community and beyond. Applicants should be aware of the following requirements:

  1. The Co-ordinating Editor should have experience of authoring and editing Cochrane Reviews, in addition to relevant content expertise.
  2. The Co-ordinating Editor will work with the current Editors for continuity with regards to securing funding for the activities of the Group, and completing the CRG re-accreditation process.
  3. The Co-ordinating Editor will be required to sign the Collaboration Agreement, and will need to demonstrate their capacity to commit at least 0.1 FTE per week to the activities of the Group, and preferably more.
  4. The Co-ordinating Editor will develop the Editorial Board for the group.

Read the guidance for the re-accreditation process 

Potential applicants should familiarise themselves with Cochrane’s Commercial sponsorship and Conflict of interest policies

Individuals who are interested in exploring this opportunity are encouraged to speak with Karla Soares-Weiser, Deputy Editor in Chief.

To apply please send a cover letter responding to the numbered bullet points above, and a short Curriculum Vitae. The closing date for applications is 10th February 2018.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cancer Council Australia seeks Project Manager, Clinical Guidelines Network - Sydney

Lun, 01/08/2018 - 23:38

Exciting opportunity to work as Project Manager in Clinical Practice Guideline Development

Sydney based; Full-time, permanent role

The Project Manager, Clinical Guidelines Network works within the Clinical Guidelines Network team under the direction of the Head, Clinical Guidelines Network to manage multiple clinical practice guideline projects in an online environment. The ideal candidate will have high-level project management, liaison and editing skills and a high level understanding of evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guideline development.

As Project Manager, Clinical Guidelines Network your key responsibilities will be:

- Project-managing the development and maintenance of numerous cancer-based clinical practice guidelines

- Engage and liaise with multidisciplinary working parties, consisting of expert advisors and consumers, and external stakeholders in regards to our clinical practice guidelines

- Managing the content and editorial process of guideline projects in an online environment

- Facilitate the ongoing content updating and review process of completed guidelines.

This position is open to Australian citizens and residents with permission to work full-time in Australia.

Download full job description 

To apply: 

Email hr@cancer.org.au with your resume and a covering letter outlining your skills and experience by Sunday 14th January 2018.

For further information contact Jutta Thwaites on 02 8063 4116.

No recruiters please.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Category: Jobs

Cochrane Colloquium Edinburgh 2018 - call for abstracts and workshops open as of 5 January

Vie, 01/05/2018 - 06:20

The opportunity to present workshops, special sessions, oral presentations and posters opens on 5 January 2018. This is your chance to be part of the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium. The theme of the event is ‘Cochrane for all – better evidence for better health decisions’ and we look forward to receiving submissions on the sub-themes of ‘producing evidence’, ‘making evidence accessible’ and ‘advocating for evidence’.

The 2018 Colloquium will be held in Edinburgh at the International Conference Centre in Scotland from 16-18 September 2018. It will hosted by Cochrane UK and is expected to attract up to 1200 delegates.

The Colloquium will be a Patients Included event. One of the key aims of the event is to increase the involvement of patients, carers and family members (healthcare consumers) in Cochrane’s work. As such, we ask that all abstracts consider their impact on, and relevance to, patients and other healthcare consumers. We particularly welcome abstracts that are co-designed, co-produced and/or co-presented with patients or other healthcare consumers.

View the call for abstracts

View the call for workshops 

The deadline for submissions is 2 March 2018.

 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Cochrane seeks HR Officer - London, UK

Jue, 12/21/2017 - 20:11

Specifications: Full Time/Part Time
Salary: Competitive
Location: London
Application Closing Date: 19th January 2018

Cochrane is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by identifying, appraising and synthesizing individual research findings to produce the best available evidence on what can work, what might harm and where more research is needed.

Our work is recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. We want to be the leading advocate for evidence-informed health care across the world.

This is a new and exciting role for an individual passionate about HR and who would relish to provide first line HR support and advice to Cochrane team across a range of HR topics, policies and processes. The role will predominantly be the point of contact for colleagues in relation to HRenquiriesand provide ongoing support to the existing HR Managers.

The successful candidate will need to be extremely well organized to manage a high workload. We are looking for an experienced HR Officer with previous experience in this role with a proven collaborative approach to support HR activity across Cochrane.

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a CV along with a supporting statement to recruitment@cochrane.org with “HR Officer” in the subject line.  The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements for the post outlined in the job description using specific examples.  List your experience, achievements, knowledge, personal qualities and skills which you feel are relevant to the post together with salary expectations.

Deadline for applications: (12 midnight GMT) 19th January 2018

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Recommended Dose: Episode 8 with Jullian Elliott

Mié, 12/20/2017 - 15:06
EPISODE 8: JULIAN ELLIOTT

Lead for Evidence Systems at Cochrane & Head of Clinical Research in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University

Ray’s guest this week is Julian Elliott - the well-travelled Australian doctor, researcher and big picture thinker who aims to use new technology to radically improve health systems and access to evidence for people around the world – whether they’re in high or low income countries.

Julian is something of a futurist. So at a time when all kinds of websites, apps and wearable devices are ingesting our health and personal data, Ray asks him what the consequences of this ever increasing deluge of data might be. Should we be concerned about how our personal data will be used or hopeful about the promise all this new information holds for understanding and improving human health?

Julian also shares his insights from his early work as a doctor in the Northern Territory and as a HIV specialist in Cambodia. He explains how these experiences continue to inspire his work to bring people, processes and technology together to realise better global health.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Covidence continues improvements to streamline Cochrane Reviews

Mar, 12/19/2017 - 09:48

Covidence is one of Cochrane’s recommended tools to support you in some of the most labour-intensive stages of your systematic review, saving up to 35% of researcher time. Covidence allows your team to upload search results, screen abstracts and full text, complete data collection, conduct risk of bias assessment, resolve disagreements and export data into RevMan or Excel. Covidence is free to use for all Cochrane reviews, and is designed to be intuitive and user-friendly.

Want to know more about Covidence?

Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Visit Covidence

The Covidence platform continues to evolve, with recent product updates advancing the tool towards the vision of a world where answers to questions about health and other fields of human wellbeing are accurate, up to date and accessible. The Covidence team is committed to engaging with the Cochrane community and continuing to make improvements that are user-focused. Significant improvements have been made recently to data extraction and to importing.

Recent updates

Data validation
Covidence allows for several types of data points to be collected: integers, decimals, percentages, and free text. The platform now automatically checks that the data entered to a cell matches the expected data type, saving time later on in double checking and cleaning data!

Custom text fields now integrate to template
Covidence has a streamlined data extraction form with many of the standard elements pre-programmed, minimising time research teams have to spend on constructing their forms. You can see a walkthrough of creating a data extraction form in Covidence here.

Previously when a customised text field was added, it was limited to a study-by-study basis. Now, when added to the review template, the custom text field will be carried forward along with all the other customised elements of the template, including the baseline characteristics table, interventions characteristics table, and outcomes.

You can read more about custom text fields here.

Organisation accounts for Cochrane Review Groups
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

New collaborative website launched by UoM Cochrane Review Groups

Lun, 12/18/2017 - 15:20

new website has been launched to highlight the work and impact of the three Cochrane Review Groups (CRGs) hosted by the University of Manchester (UoM).

Cochrane is an international organisation that produces high quality evidence summaries to inform decisions about health and health care interventions. CRGs support Cochrane’s primary function: the preparation and maintenance of systematic reviews. There are more than 50 CRGs, based in research institutions worldwide, each focused on a specific topic of health research. 

The University of Manchester’s Faculty of Biological, medical and health proudly hosts the following three CRGs:

This new site features the UoM CRGs’ key successes, publication highlights and latest updates. Visit the site for further information: bmh.manchester.ac.uk/cochrane/

Monday, December 18, 2017

Two PhD studentships available at Plymouth University - Plymouth, UK

Lun, 12/18/2017 - 01:51

Two PhD studentships are available full-time or part-time within the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD). PUPSMD are seeking to attract PhD candidates of outstanding ability to join their exciting and rapidly expanding programme of internationally-rated research. Applicants may apply for one or more of the three projects listed.

Closing date for applications: midnight Sunday 28 January 2018

Complete job posting and information on how to apply

 

Monday, December 18, 2017 Category: Jobs

Featured Review: Antioxidants for preventing and reducing muscle soreness after exercise

Mié, 12/13/2017 - 23:00

Taking antioxidant supplements to reduce muscles soreness after exercise could have almost no effect, according to a new  Cochrane Review

People engaging in intense exercise often take antioxidant supplements, such as vitamin C and/or E or antioxidant-enriched foods, before and after exercise in the anticipation that these will help reduce muscle soreness. In a new review published in the Cochrane Library, researchers  looked at the evidence from 50 studies. These all compared high-dose antioxidant supplementation with a placebo and their participants all engaged in strenuous exercise that was sufficient to cause muscle soreness. Of the 1089 participants included in the review, nearly nine out of ten of these were male and most participants were recreationally active or moderately trained.

The researchers found that high dose antioxidant supplementation, thus in excess of the normal recommended daily dose for antioxidants, does not appear to reduce muscle soreness early on after exercise or at one, two, three or four days after exercise.  At all times, the slight differences in the average pain scores found for participants taking supplements compared with those taking placebos were smaller than the difference that people would consider important or even notice. Only nine studies reported on adverse effects and only two found adverse effects.

The evidence for muscle soreness is considered to be 'moderate' or 'low' quality. This was mainly because the majority of studies had aspects that could have affected the reliability of their results and in some cases because of variation in the results of the studies.

Dr Mayur Ranchordas, senior lecturer in sport and nutrition and exercise metabolism at Sheffield Hallam said: "Many people take antioxidant supplements or antioxidant-enriched foods before and after exercise in the belief that these will prevent or reduce muscle soreness after exercise.

"Some athletes are strategically taking antioxidant supplements in order to accelerate recovery during periods of intense competition rather than taking them every day. For example, in professional football, when there is a period of fixture congestion, a team may play three matches in an eight day period (e.g. Premier League fixtures Saturday to Saturday separated by a mid-week Champions League fixture), dietary antioxidants could be strategically used to reduce inflammation and muscle soreness. This would allow the players to recovery more quickly in preparation for the next match. In professional cycling, a Tour de France rider may take antioxidant supplements to accelerate recovery after each stage, in order to recover more quickly for the following day's stage.

"Various types of antioxidants supplements could be used to achieve this and some examples include tart cherry juice, blackcurrant nectar and pomegranate juice. Our review found that antioxidant supplementation may very slightly reduce muscle soreness in the first three days after exercise, however, these reductions were so small that they were unlikely to make any difference."

Dr Joseph Costello, senior lecturer in exercise physiology at the University of Portsmouth said: "Delayed-onset muscle soreness, or “DOMS,” affects many people after exercise and can impair future athletic performance. It usually peaks one to four days after exercise. Taking antioxidant supplements is one of the commonest strategies used by people who hope to reduce the risk of DOMS after engaging in strenuous physical activities. The findings from this review indicate that antioxidant supplementation does not appear to reduce muscle soreness at one, two, three or four days after exercise. These findings have important implications for athletes who use, or are considering the use of, antioxidant supplementation."

Friday, December 15, 2017

Cochrane Australia seeks Program Lead, Evidence Innovation - Melbourne, Australia

Mar, 12/12/2017 - 16:36

Exciting opportunity to build an international research consortium and dramatically improve the use of research evidence in healthcare systems around the world 

Cochrane is the world’s leader in independent, trustworthy health evidence. Cochrane Australia is part of the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University and one of 13 Cochranecentres worldwide that promote the use of research evidence in health decision-making and support the global Cochrane network of over 36,000 researchers to produce independent, high-quality evidence.

The Opportunity

The Program Lead is responsible for overall management of the development and coordination of an international research consortium and submission of funding proposals to expand Cochrane’s ‘Evidence Innovation’ work program. This program aims to transform the way research evidence and data are translated into action and individual health impact around the world.

The Program Lead will take a leading role in the next phase of growth for this innovative and exciting research program. Assisted by senior research leaders and a Project Manager at Cochrane Australia, they will develop research concepts into detailed research plans; identify, engage and manage consortium partners; manage multiple workgroups in Australia, UK and elsewhere to develop a coherent, exciting and fundable program of research; and coordinate engagement with leading Australian and international health funders, including submission of several large funding proposals. An ongoing role in the transition to and further development of the expanded research program will be an option.

You will have:

Essential

  • Relevant post-graduate qualifications and/or extensive relevant experience
  • Demonstrated extensive experience in leading and motivating a team of professionals to achieve objectives
  • Highly-developed relationship management skills, including the ability to interact, influence and negotiate at senior levels
  • Excellent project management skills with a proven record of successfully managing all aspects of medium-large projects, in accordance with agreed standards, timeframes and budgets
  • Excellent consulting skills, including the ability to devise practical solutions to complex issues
  • Outstanding communication skills, including experience in developing professional communication material and delivering effective presentations
  • Excellent analytical, evaluation and research skills

Desirable

  • Experience working in the evidence-based health field
  • Experience engaging successfully at senior levels with major health research funders, including government and philanthropy
  • This position will initially be a fixed-term6 month contract and will be located at St Kilda Road, Melbourne.
Enquiries 

To express your interest in this consultancy opportunity and receive an information package, please contact Assoc Prof Julian Elliott on julian.elliott@monash.edu

All enquiries will be held in confidence.

For more information or to apply online visit Monash Jobs.

Closing date: Thursday 22 December 2017

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Category: Jobs

Website for the 2018 Cochrane Colloquium is now live

Lun, 12/11/2017 - 18:00

The website for the 25th annual Cochrane Colloquium, taking place in Edinburgh from 16-18 September 2018, is now live.

The Colloquium is Cochrane’s annual health conference, bringing people together from around the world to discuss research into important global health questions and promote evidence-based health care.  

It will be a Patients Included event that is co-designed, co-produced and co-presented by healthcare consumers and where everyone’s input is valued equally.   

Registration is scheduled to open in February 2018. Visit the website to get the latest information on key dates, sponsorship opportunities, and activities in the historic host city, with more details to be announced in the coming months.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dominican Republic will now have free access to Cochrane Reviews

Jue, 12/07/2017 - 18:28

We are happy to announce that the Ministry of Public Health (Vice-ministry of Quality Guarantee) of the Government of the Dominican Republic has subscribed to the Biblioteca Cochrane Plus. This national subscription will provide free open access to all Dominican citizens, approximately ten million people.

Cochrane Reviews provide reliable and unbiased evidence through the identification, assessment, synthesis, and dissemination of research findings. Biblioteca Cochrane Plus houses Spanish translations of more than 7000 systematic reviews, and this access will provide students, practitioners, researchers, and patients with one-click access to this leading resource in evidence-based research.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

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