Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, join us for this month's #cochraneauthor Twitter chat! For our August chat, we'll be discussing one of the topic's suggested in last month's brainstorming session.Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Nancy Owens Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nine positions on the Cochrane Steering Group (CSG), including one Co-Chair, are eligible for election in 2014. As of August 2014, results are available for seven of the nine positions, with two elections still pending.
Representing Fields: Denise Thomson (Canada) – re-elected for a second term from September 2014 – September 2017.
Representing Managing Editors: Karin Dearness (Canada) – elected for her first term from September 2014 – September 2017.External link for more information: http://www.cochrane.org/community/organisation-administ... Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Claire Allen Email address: email@example.com
Cochrane is delighted to announce the support of a new donor – Good Ventures, a US-based philanthropic foundation. In a statement published on its website on 29 July, Good Ventures announced the award of a $300,000 grant for general support purposes ($100,000 a year over three years), citing Cochrane’s work as an important resource in evaluating the work of evidence-backed charities which serve disadvantaged populations worldwide.External link for more information: http://www.goodventures.org/our-portfolio/grants/cochra... Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Lawrence Mbuagbaw has been announced as the 2014 winner of the prestigious Aubrey Sheiham Evidence-based Health Care in Africa Leadership Award.External link for more information: http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/awards-scholarships-fu... Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: email@example.com
The 2013 Journal Citation Report (JCR) has been released by Thomson ISI and effective July 2014 the impact factor for the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) is 5.939. This is an increase on the 2012 impact factor, which was 5.785.Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Gavin Stewart Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
COCHRANE METHODS SYMPOSIUM 2014
22nd COCHRANE COLLOQUIUM
Hyderabad International Convention Centre
Hyderabad HITEC City
Sunday 21 September 2014; 9.00am-4.30pm
From concepts to evidence synthesis: Towards a research agenda for methods of public health systematic reviews
Cochrane and Wiley have announced the release of Anywhere Systematic Reviews – Cochrane Reviews available in an Enhanced HTML Article which makes access possible in any format, on any device, at any time.
The Anywhere Systematic Review focuses on improving the reading experience of articles in four key ways:
Dr Kay Dickersin, Director of the US Cochrane Center, has received the 2014 Ingram Olkin Award for her 'lifetime contributorion to the development of evidence synthesis methods'. Dr Dickersin is Director for the Center for Clinical Trials at Johns Hopkins University and a longtime contributor to The Cochrane Collaboration. Dr Dickersin received the award at the 2014 annual international meeting of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM), hosted by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York (UK).External link for more information: http://www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/SRSM-2014.html Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: email@example.com
Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, join us for this month's #cochraneauthor Twitter chat! For our second chat, we'll be brainstorming topics of interest to the #cochraneauthor community that we can delve into in future chats.Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Nancy Owens Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: the closing date to register early and and take advantage of discounted rates for the 2014 Cochrane Colloquium at Hyderabad, India is 14 July. Don't delay!
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Are you a Cochrane author? Are you active on Twitter? If so, we’d like to announce the establishment of #cochraneauthor Twitter chats, focusing on issues of interest to the #cochraneauthor community. For our first chat, we discussed how Cochrane authors communicate with Cochrane - whether receiving information and news, providing feedback, or engaging with fellow Cochrane contributors.Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: email@example.com
The Cochrane Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD) is happy to announce to all that Review Manager (RevMan 5.3) is now available!
To get it now, go to the download page or use Help > Check For Updates within current RevMan installations. Thanks to quick reports from early adopters, we’ve already fixed a few bugs that had slipped through beta testing, and we’re now at version 5.3.3.
RevMan 5.3 only contains changes that do not require moving to a new file format for reviews. Some of the highlights are:External link for more information: http://tech.cochrane.org/revman/download Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Jacob Riis Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The German Cochrane Centre is delighted to announce the establishment of the Hungarian Cochrane Branch (HBGCC), based at the University of Pécs. The Director of the HBGCC will be Professor Tamás Decsi, who is a professor of paediatrics and director of the Clinical Centre of the University of Pécs. Dr. Szimonetta Lohner, who has already worked at the GCC and was also closely involved in the establishment of the HBGCC, will be the scientific coordinator. One of the priorities of the HBGCC will be to support and increase Cochrane Review activity in Hungary.External link for more information: http://www.cochrane.de Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Gerd Antes Email address: email@example.com
The Cochrane Editorial Unit (CEU) has compiled two resources for use in producing Cochrane Reviews, using information gathered from the CEU review screening process.
Since September 2013, the CEU has screened 300 reviews; this work has enabled the identification of some common errors and examples of good practice which relate to the following issues:External link for more information: http://www.editorial-unit.cochrane.org/mecir Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Toby Lasserson Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re involved with Cochrane, then you probably have an opinion about how we support you in your work, how we communicate changes in methods and policies, and how we build capacity and engagement among our talented contributors. We’ve had some great responses to our consultation and online survey on the future directions of Cochrane’s Training & Professional Development Strategy, but we’d like more. Make sure that your voice is heard, and that contributors like you are represented as we make choices about the training and support activities that will make a difference to Cochrane.External link for more information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/cochranetraining Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: email@example.com
Several prizes are awarded annually to Cochrane contributors at the organisation's annual Colloquium. The 2014 calls for nominations for three of the prizes are currently open, with nominations being accepted until 22 July 2014. All Cochrane contributors are encouraged to review the prize criteria and consider nominating colleagues whose work is worthy of recognition in these important areas.Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cochrane Depression, Anxiety and Neurosis Group supports launch of priority-setting initiative for depression research in the UK
A new UK-wide survey about depression has been launched by a partnership of mental health groups, supported by the Cochrane Depression, Anxiety, and Neurosis Group. The survey is to help determine the questions that people have about depression, and will collect questions from people affected, their friends, family, carers, and clinicians. The information gathered will help inform depression research.
We believe research can improve lives, and are asking people affected by depression to help us help researchers. Visit www.depressionarq.org to take part.External link for more information: http://www.depressionarq.org Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Chris Champion Email address: email@example.com
Professor Hywel Williams, Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Skin Group, has been elected a Fellow of the UK's Academy of Medical Sciences. Professor Williams is Foundation Professor in Dermato-Epidemiology at the University of Nottingham, Chair of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Board, and has served as Co-ordinating Editor of the Skin Group since its establishment in 1997.
Cochrane offers its warmest congratulations to Professor Hywel Williams on this achievement, and best wishes for continued success.External link for more information: http://www.acmedsci.ac.uk/fellows/fellowship-news/new-f... Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Cochrane CEAD Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
RevMan 5.3 beta is available to download now for both PC and Mac platforms. This is intended to allow a broad user base to test and evaluate the next version of the RevMan software. Please note that this download is available for testing purposes only, and for exploring the latest version’s new features.External link for more information: http://tech.cochrane.org/news/revman-53-beta-now-live Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Tom Cracknell Email address: email@example.com
Cochrane Training is drafting a new Training Strategy to plan organisational training activities over the next three years. Your assistance is needed to help identify those activities that will provide the greatest benefit to Cochrane contributors.
The formal consultation period is 26 May to 13 June 2014 (three weeks), and full details of the consultation are available on the Cochrane Training website. You can provide your feedback in a number of ways:External link for more information: http://training.cochrane.org/about/strategy Contributor's Information Contributor's name: Miranda Cumpston Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org