Presenters

Sue Brennan

Sue Brennan is a postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia, in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine where she leads the Melbourne GRADE Centre and contributes to Cochrane’s program of work on the translation of research into policy. Her role includes producing and facilitating the use of systematic reviews for health policy decision-making. She has led seven systematic reviews, three commissioned by the NHMRC, and co-authored reviews of public health and healthcare improvement interventions. Her research collaborations focus on methods for synthesising evidence in complex reviews and overviews of systematic reviews, findings from which have informed workshops and guidance for systematic review authors. She is a co-investigator on a project to develop GRADE methods for overviews of systematic reviews, and is the co-author of two Cochrane Handbook chapters. She is an associate editor of the journal Systematic Reviews, and a member of the NHMRC Health Evidence panel through which she has led eight commissioned methodological reviews of systematic reviews and NHMRC approved guidelines since 2013.

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Joanne McKenzie

Joanne McKenzie is an Associate Professor in the Biostatistics Unit at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. In 2012 she was awarded a PhD in methodological issues in meta-analysis of randomised trials with continuous outcomes. She holds an NHMRC Career Development Fellowship and leads a programme of research on methods for evidence synthesis within the Biostatistics Unit. In addition to the biostatistical and methodological research she undertakes, she has been a biostatistical collaborator on a large range of projects. The focus of these collaborations has been on evaluations of public health and health services interventions (using individually and cluster randomised trials, and interrupted time series designs) and systematic reviews. 

Her specific research interests in evidence synthesis include examination of approaches for meta-analysing results from interrupted time series studies; methods for overviews of systematic reviews, including how to assess the certainty of evidence in overviews; methods for presenting and synthesising results when meta-analysis is not possible; methods to synthesise evidence from multiple treatments (also known as network meta-analysis); and examination of bias in the systematic review process. She is an active contributor to Cochrane, including being a Co-convenor of the Statistical Methods Group, a member of the Methods Executive, and an author of several chapters of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.

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Matthew Page

Matthew Page

Matthew Page is a Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University. He leads a programme of research on methods for evidence synthesis, which builds on the research undertaken during his PhD (2011-2015) and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2015-2019). He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol, UK, from 2015-2017.

Matthew’s research interests span many areas of evidence synthesis, including examination of the transparency and reproducibility of systematic reviews; methods to address reporting biases (e.g. publication bias, selective reporting bias); tools to assess risk of bias in randomized trials and non-randomized studies of interventions; and examination of selective inclusion of results in meta-analyses. He is leading the update of the PRISMA reporting guideline for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and is a co-editor for the 2019 edition of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. He frequently collaborates with clinicians on systematic reviews of interventions for a range of conditions, which often informs his research agenda.

Matthew’s research has been published in Nature, the BMJPLoS Medicine, and Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. His expertise has been recognised in leadership and editorial appointments at organisations and journals focusing on evidence synthesis methods, including co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group, and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and PLoS Medicine.

 

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Karla Soares-Weiser

Karla Soares-Weiser is Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library. She is a trained psychiatrist, holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology, and a PhD in evidence-based health care. She has been working in evidence-based health care since 1997 and is an author of over 60 systematic reviews, including 33 Cochrane reviews. She has held numerous positions in Cochrane Groups, including as a Visiting Fellow at the IberoAmerican and UK Cochrane Centres, where she provided training in systematic review production. Outside Cochrane she has held Assistant Professor posts in Brazil and Israel, and established her own consultancy business providing evidence synthesis services to government agencies and not-for-profit organisations. In 2015 Karla was appointed Cochrane’s first Deputy Editor in Chief. Since 2016 she has been leading the transformation programme of Cochrane Review Groups into Networks.

 

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