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Cochrane US at Tufts: Empowering evidence-based decisions and driving change

6 days 15 hours ago

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. Cochrane Geographic Groups represent Cochrane in their host country, advocate for the use of Cochrane evidence in health policy and practice, and support Cochrane's members and supporters who live there.  Here we focus on the impact of an affiliate centre of the  Cochrane US Network, at Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA.

The US Network promotes evidence-based decision-making in healthcare and public health across the country. It raises awareness of Cochrane and its evidence, supports the production of high-quality systematic reviews, and disseminates these reviews strategically. The network also promotes the use of Cochrane evidence among patients, caregivers, clinicians, health systems, guideline developers, and policymakers.

Comprising some of the nation’s leading institutions in evidence-based medicine and public health, the US Network includes 15 affiliate institutions. Each affiliate institution has its own function and specific areas of expertise and focus. The Tufts University School of Medicine is a leader in public health, nutrition, maternal health, and health equity programs. In 2021 they joined Cochrane Us as an affiliate centre to help build capacity and a critical mass of Cochrane-trained systematic reviews in the United States.   

"Every healthcare and public health decision should be based on the best available evidence. At Tufts University School of Medicine, we are proud to train future clinicians, researchers, and policymakers in Cochrane methods and increase their awareness of Cochrane systematic reviews," says Dr Shayesteh Jahanfar, Director of Tufts University, Affiliate of Cochrane US
Associate Professor, Public Health and Community Medicine.

Founded in May 2021, Cochrane US at Tufts strategic plan includes awareness campaigns, systematic review training, and collaboration with institutions such as the World Health Organization, Indiana University, and Ohio State University. 

The Tufts team frequently hosts author training seminars both domestically and internationally. The Tufts Systematic Review Course, accredited by CEPH, provides medical professionals and postgraduate students with essential training in performing high-quality systematic reviews. Recent training sessions include Cochrane Author training for nutritionists at Rutgers University and training at the International Conference of Twinning. The Tufts team is also active in the Cochrane US Mentorship Program, helping early career professionals and students enhance their skills in evidence-based healthcare.

Collaborations with other Cochrane groups and external organizations amplify the impact of Cochrane US at Tufts. They have worked with the International Twin Register to offer cross-border training, supported Rutgers School of Nursing in submitting Cochrane protocols, and collaborated with Indiana University on systematic reviews and stakeholder training. Notable projects include a scoping review of surgical safety checklists for cesarean sections in collaboration with WHO. Key collaborative efforts include the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies and the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. "Collaborating with others is key to expanding the reach and impact of our work," says Sowmyashree Hanumantha, Cochrane Fellow.

Looking ahead, Tufts is excited about several upcoming projects. By June 2024, they aim to support the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Network of Institutions for Evidence and Data to Policy (NEDtP). They are continuing systematic review training with Western University in Ontario, Canada, and have applied for a Mary Y. Lee CSL Faculty Mini-Grant for a project on building systematic review capacity among high school teachers. Other priorities include securing seed money from the Tisch College Community Research Center, exploring AI applications for juvenile health, and participating in the Cochrane Global Evidence Summit with submitted abstracts.

Cochrane US at Tufts welcomes collaboration and support from individuals and organizations passionate about improving healthcare. They seek funding opportunities to extend their impact and continue enhancing healthcare practices and policies through rigorous research synthesis and evidence dissemination. "As we look to the future, our goal remains steadfast: to enhance healthcare through evidence-based decision-making and collaboration. We invite all those passionate about this mission to join us," concludes Michael Johannesmeyer, Cochrane Fellow. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane seeks Communications Assistant - permanent, full time, London/remote

1 week 3 days ago

Specifications: Permanent – Full time
Salary: £27,500 per annum
Location: Remote/London (one day per week in London office)
Closing date:  31 May 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

Cochrane is looking for a Communications and Events Assistant to support the team with a focus on media monitoring, social media and events.  This is a new role within the Communications team and will support colleagues across the team. This is a broad, entry-level role suitable for someone with an interest in science communication and events. The role will involve creating and posting content for internal and external communications, overseeing media monitoring and providing support for our flagship events.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

Collaboration:
Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.
Relevant:
The right evidence at the right time in the right format.
Integrity:
Independent and transparent.
Quality:
Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and click “how to apply”.
  • The deadline to receive your application is 31 May 2024.
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples.
  • Read our Recruitment Privacy Statement
Friday, May 17, 2024 Category: Jobs
Lydia Parsonson

Cochrane seeks Senior Managing Editor - Permanent, Full time, UK – Remote/Flexible

1 week 6 days ago

Title: Senior Managing Editor
Specifications: Permanent Fulltime
Salary: £52,000 per annum
Location: UK – Remote/Flexible
Closing date: 28 May 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development,  Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

Reporting to the Executive Editor and working with members of the Editorial Production and Methods Directorate, the role holder will need to have good awareness of Cochrane guidance for different types of standard and complex systematic reviews (intervention, qualitative, diagnostic test accuracy, prognosis, rapid and overview), plan how they will need to be handled in their team, and work to ensure that deadlines are met. The role holder will also be required to ensure that pilots aimed at innovating the editorial process can be supported as needed.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values: Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally. Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format. Integrity: Independent and transparent. Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and how to apply, please click here
  • The deadline to receive your application is 28 May 2024
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples.
  • Read our Recruitment Privacy Statement
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 Category: Jobs
Lydia Parsonson

Cochrane New Board Chair Announcement

3 weeks ago

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Susan Phillips as the new Chair of Cochrane. Susan is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine at Bond University, Queensland, Australia. She has held leadership positions in the field of evidence-based medicine since 2001 when she joined the Australian federal government’s newly established National Institute of Clinical Studies (NICS).

Susan is renowned for her achievements in translating research evidence into clinical practice. Her wealth of experience, gained from senior management roles at NICS where she became Interim Executive Director after the institute’s merger with Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council, and later Chief Executive Officer at Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, are testament to this. Her contribution to research translation was recognised with an Australia Day Medallion in 2008.

Susan’s extensive Board experience encompasses roles in organisations ranging from the Guidelines-International-Network (G-I-N), where she served as an elected Trustee for three terms, including two years as Vice-Chair, to Therapeutic Guidelines, and Therapeutic Guidelines Foundation. Susan has also served as Chair of other charities and not for profit organisations, including Climate for Change. She has been a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) since 2015.

In accepting this appointment, Dr Susan Phillips said: “I am deeply honoured to take on the role of Chair, especially during such a critical time for Cochrane when the need for trusted evidence to guide decisions about best treatments is greater than ever.”

Commenting on the appointment, Dr Tamara Kredo, Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee, said “I am delighted that Dr Susan Phillips has been appointed Chair of Cochrane's Governing Board. Sue brings a wealth of experience and leadership qualities at an exciting time as we implement our new organizational strategy. I am sure you will all join me in expressing sincere thanks to Jordi Pardo Pardo who has served as Interim Chair of the Governing Board since September 2023. His commitment, hard work and enthusiasm have served the organisation well”.

Jordi will remain on the Governing Board until his term comes to an end later on this year.

Susan will take up the position as Chair in July 2024.

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Christine Maema

Cochrane seeks Legal Officer/Junior Legal Counsel - UK

3 weeks 3 days ago

Title: Legal Officer/Junior Legal Counsel
Specifications: Permanent – Part time (30 hours a week)
Salary: £38,000 per annum
Location: UK (Remote with occasional travel to the London office)
Closing date:  17 May 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

This role will sit within the Legal Team in Cochrane’s Finance & Corporate Services Directorate, which also includes the Finance and HR teams.

The Legal Officer/ Junior Legal Counsel will be required to support the Legal Counsel in providing legal advice to colleagues across the organisation, to enable Cochrane to manage risk and meet its legal and regulatory obligations. In addition to experience in contract law, the successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, a self-motivated and proactive approach to their work, and an enthusiasm for developing their knowledge and skills.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

  • Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.
  • Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.
  • Integrity: Independent and transparent.
  • Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

Friday, May 3, 2024 Category: Jobs
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane seeks Legal Counsel - UK

3 weeks 3 days ago

Title: Legal Counsel
Specifications: Permanent – Full time or part-time (4-5 days per week)
Salary: £59,000 per annum
Location: Remote working (UK office located in Central London)
Closing date:  17 May 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into five directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, Chief Executive Office and Finance and Corporate Services.

The Legal Counsel will be required to provide legal advice to colleagues across the organisation, to enable Cochrane to manage risk and meet its legal and regulatory obligations. The successful candidate will have excellent communication and organisational skills, a pragmatic approach, and the ability to prioritise and manage an unpredictable workload whilst paying close attention to detail.

The role will include line managing the Junior Legal Counsel, a role which we are also currently recruiting for.

Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.
Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.
Integrity: Independent and transparent.
Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

Friday, May 3, 2024 Category: Jobs
Muriah Umoquit

Cochrane seeks Consumer Engagement Manager - flexible location

1 month ago

Location: Flexible location (remote working) – contract type dependent on location.
Specifications: Permanent employment contract if successful applicant based in UK, Germany or Denmark. Consultancy contract in other locations.
Salary: £48,000 per annum
Application Closing Date:  7 May 2024

Cochrane is an international charity. For 30 years we have responded to the challenge of making vast amounts of research evidence useful for informing decisions about health. We do this by synthesising research findings and our work has been recognised as the international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.

Cochrane's strength is in its collaborative, global community. We have 110,000+ members and supporters around the world. Though we are spread out across the globe, our shared passion for health evidence unites us. Our Central Executive Team supports this work and is divided into four directorates: Evidence Production and Methods, Publishing and Technology, Development, and Finance and Corporate Services.

The Consumer Engagement Manager will work as part of Cochrane’s Development Directorate, supporting the production of best evidence for healthcare by contributing to the implementation of Cochrane strategy and priorities relating to consumer engagement and involvement. This will be achieved through developing and maintaining a diverse global consumer community; supporting and facilitating consumer involvement in the broadest possible range of Cochrane activities; disseminating Cochrane evidence; supporting consumer involvement in Cochrane governance; building partnerships with relevant organisation; developing methods to improve the practice of engagement and involvement in systematic reviews, in the governance of the organisation, and in conferences and other settings; contributing to strategies to evaluate the impact of consumer engagement in systematic reviews; and contributing to the development of fundraising and project activity.
      
Don’t have every single qualification? We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job unless they are a perfect match. At Cochrane, we’re not looking for “perfect matches.” We’re looking to welcome people to our diverse, inclusive, and passionate workplace. So, if you’re excited about this role but don’t have every single qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway. Whether it’s this role or another one, you may be just the right candidate.

Our organization is built on four core values:

Collaboration: Underpins everything we do, locally and globally.
Relevant: The right evidence at the right time in the right format.
Integrity: Independent and transparent.
Quality: Reviewing and improving what we do, maintaining rigour and trust.

You can expect:

  • An opportunity to truly impact health globally.
  • A flexible work environment
  • A comprehensive onboarding experiences.
  • An environment where people feel welcome, heard, and included, regardless of their differences.

Cochrane welcomes applications from a wide range of perspectives, experiences, locations, and backgrounds; diversity, equity and inclusion are key to our values.

How to apply

  • For further information on the role and how to apply, please click here.  
  • The supporting statement should indicate why you are applying for the post, and how far you meet the requirements, using specific examples. Note that we will assess applications as they are received, and therefore may fill the post before the deadline.
  • Deadline for applications: 7 May 2024 (12 midnight GMT).
  • Read our Recruitment Privacy Statement
     
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 Category: Jobs
Lydia Parsonson

Global Evidence Summit 2024: Explore Prague while supporting women in leadership

1 month ago

Cochrane, JBI, Guidelines International Network (GIN), and The Campbell Collaboration are hosting the second Global Evidence Summit (GES) in the historic city of Prague from 10 to 13 September 2024. The summit serves as a platform for professionals from diverse sectors, including health, education, social justice, environment, and climate change, to engage in crucial discussions aimed at informing policy and practice through evidence. As part of the GES experience, attendees are invited to participate in the Anne Anderson Walk, an event that combines sightseeing, social engagement, and philanthropy. 

Anne Anderson was a reproductive physiologist,  researcher, lecturer, and author. She was a contributor to the stream of thinking and effort that gave birth to evidence-based health care.  Her inclusion in Lifeology's Historic STEAM Heros shows her lasting influence. Each year, a walk is held in her honour. Participants make donations to support the Anne Anderson Award, which recognizes and stimulates individuals contributing to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in leadership.



Everyone attending GES is welcome to join the  Anne Anderson Walk. It will be a gentle stroll on mostly flat surfaces and is wheelchair accessible. It is approximately 1.3 km long and will take about 50 minutes. The walk is free but participants are encouraged to make a donation to the Anne Anderson Award. Participants will gather at the city square Náměstí Republiky to embark on a scenic journey through Prague's historic landmarks, including the renowned Old Town Square, the medieval astronomical clock, and the Bohemian Bridge. The walk concludes at the Vltava river, where attendees can continue their exploration with an optional boat cruise.

Join us for an unforgettable experience at the Global Evidence Summit 2024 and the Anne Anderson Walk. Let's come together to celebrate the power of evidence-based practice and honour the remarkable legacy of Anne Anderson. Register now by donating to the Anne Anderson Award, and mark your calendar for the walk. We can't wait to walk alongside you in Prague!

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Muriah Umoquit
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