Videos: XIV Cochrane Colloquium, Plenary Sessions - Dublin, Ireland, 23-26 October 2006

Plenary 1: Making Cochrane Reviews more accessible
Tuesday 24 October 0900 - 1030
Co-Chairs: Fiona Alderdice and Monica Kjeldstrom

Speakers:

Claire Glenton, Summing up: challenges and possible solutions when summarising the findings of Cochrane reviews
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Lorne Becker, Umbrella Reviews: What are they, and do we need them?
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David Grimes, Cochrane reviews: a journal editor's viewpoint
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Martin Offringa, Evidence Based Child Health: a Cochrane review Journal - why and how?
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Terry Klassen, Evidence Based Child Health: a Cochrane review Journal – acute complications and eventual remedies
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As we approach the 3000th full Cochrane review, the challenges of making their findings more accessible are ever increasing. This session will describe initiatives to help meet these challenges. We will hear about ways to distil the information in Cochrane reviews into shorter summaries and to combine multiple reviews into new, umbrella, reviews. Other means of dissemination are also important. There will be talks from the perspective of a long-standing print journal keen to help make the message in Cochrane reviews more available and about an initiative between The Cochrane Collaboration and Wiley to produce a new journal based heavily on Cochrane reviews.

Plenary 2: Evidence-based health care and the global challenges of HIV/AIDS
Wednesday 25 October 0900 - 1030

Co-Chairs: Mike Clarke and Nandi Siegfried

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Mary Robinson, A human rights approach to tackling the AIDS pandemic
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Panel discussion with Mary Robinson
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George Rutherford, The role of evidence-based medicine and public health in confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic
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Gail Kennedy, The mentoring programme of The Cochrane Collaboration's HIV/AIDS Group
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HIV/AIDS is the greatest healthcare challenge facing some parts of the world, if not the world as a whole. People affected have a right to health, which will require the use of health care interventions that are effective. Likewise, policy makers need good evidence to help them to set policies that will achieve this. In this plenary we will hear from speakers from around the world. In Dublin, the three speakers will discuss issues such as health as a human right and the efforts of the Cochrane Collaboration's HIV/AIDS Group to support participation in, and the uptake of, systematic reviews. But we are also hoping to connect to several sites in other parts of the world, by audio-visual links. The people joining us over those links will highlight the range of needs for good evidence for good policy to tackle this crisis, and will prompt and hopefully take part in discussion of how The Cochrane Collaboration can help.

Plenary 3: New challenges and opportunities for systematic reviews
Thursday 26 October 0900 - 1030

Co-Chairs: Sally Green and Helen Whelton

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Ian Shemilt, What should Cochrane reviewers and editors do about economic evaluation methods?
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Jennie Popay, Incorporating qualitative information in systematic reviews
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Q & A session with Ian Shemilt and Jennie Popay
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John Ioannidis, The Human Genome Epidemiology Network: making sense of 10,000,000 postulated genetic risk factors
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There are always new challenges and new opportunities for systematic reviews. This session will stimulate thought and discussion of three such areas: economics, qualitative research and genetics. We will hear about how the authors of Cochrane reviews might take more account of economic and qualitative information in their reviews. The dramatic expansion of interest and research into genetics and health will also be discussed in the context of how systematic reviews could help decision makers cope with the vast quantity of knowledge being generated.

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Plenary 4: Improving access to healthcare evidence: global initiatives
Thursday 26 October 1530 - 1700

Co-Chairs: Declan Devane and Lesley Stewart

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An-Wen Chan, Global opportunities and challenges for trial registration: Update from the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform
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Suzanne Hill, Challenges and opportunities in international evidence-based guideline developments
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Q & A session with An-Wen Chan and Suzanne Hill
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The Cochrane Collaboration provides one of the pieces of information needed to help people make well informed decisions about health: systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions. Other types of knowledge and other organisations are also needed. This plenary will look at how another global organisation, the WHO, is contributing. The development of the WHO platform for clinical trials registries will help improve awareness of, and access to, individual pieces of research into the effects of healthcare interventions. Furthermore, the use of good evidence in the development of policy and guidelines will help ensure the translation of research findings into practice.

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