We are delighted to announce today that Cochrane Canada has returned to McMaster University in Hamilton.
Cochrane Canada’s return to McMaster University will be led by a new Director, Holger Schünemann. He says this is an exciting announcement: “The relocation of the Canadian centre is important to McMaster. I would like to thank Jeremy Grimshaw, the outgoing Director, for his dedicated leadership of Cochrane Canada. The best available information on health is critical for both clinicians and patients in every part of the world, including Canada, to make the most informed choices. The centre will consider the evidence ecosystem by integrating different types of evidence to facilitate transfer of trustworthy research from bench to bedside to policy. This will include conduct of systematic reviews and provide technology solutions to inform healthcare recommendations and decision-making to serve Canadians and citizens of the world. Collaboration with Canadian and international partners will be a pillar of the centre’s work. Recently approved by the University, our centre will be named shortly after a benefactor whose support made this move possible.”
Krista Connell, Chair of Cochrane Canada’s Advisory Board, says that this move is a great opportunity for Cochrane Canada: “Our long-term funding at this stage is still uncertain, but this transition back to McMaster University is a key indication of our confidence for the future. I look forward to working more closely with Holger and thank Jeremy for his tireless service.”
Outgoing Centre Director Jeremy Grimshaw expressed his own delight at the news: “ I became the Director of Cochrane Canada in 2005 and have had a good run. I am proud of all the achievements of our Cochrane Canada community over the last 11 years, especially the increase in Canadian authors (from 600 in 2005 to over 2200 currently) and of our Canadian Institute of Health Research Knowledge Translation Award in 2013. Cochrane Canada is a vibrant community dedicated to undertaking and promoting high-quality reviews relevant to the needs of stakeholders in Canada and globally; it is a key element of the knowledge infrastructure needed to support evidence-informed decisions by citizens, patients, healthcare professionals and managers, and policy makers. ”