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Session 1: Quality of evidence for guidelines and recommendations

Session 1: Quality of evidence for guidelines and recommendations

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  • Sep 30, 2020
  • 10:00 am
  • Zoom
  • Zoom

  • 2:00 hours
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A recording of the webinar can be found on our YouTube Channel




Holger SchünemannHolger Schünemann - professor in the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and of Medicine at McMaster University, widely considered the birthplace of evidence-based health care, where he was department chair from 2009 to 2019.

He graduated from the Medical School of Hannover (1993 & Dr. med. in 1994) and trained in lung biology, epidemiology, internal medicine and preventive medicine/public health at the University at Buffalo, State of New York (M.Sc. Epidemiology in 1997; Ph.D. Epidemiology & Community Medicine in 2000). He is co-chair of the GRADE working group ( and director of Cochrane Canada and the McMaster GRADE centre.

Maintaining an active internal medicine practice fulfils his passion for patient care and ensures his research is people oriented. He is an author of over 600 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 134/93 google scholar/web of science) and among the 1000 most cited scientists of all times (


Miloslav KlugarAdj. Assoc. Prof. Dr Miloslav Klugar - Miloslav Klugar is Director and founder of the Czech National Centre for Evidence-Based Healthcare and Knowledge translation and its three pillars which are Cochrane Czech Republic, The Czech Republic EBHC centre; JBI centre of Excellence and Masaryk University GRADE Centre.

Centres are hosted at Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Czech Republic. He is also adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health, at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Adelaide, Australia.

Miloslav is focused on the development, implementation, advocacy and teaching of Evidence-Based Healthcare, especially on the evidence synthesis and clinical practice guidelines.

He is a member of several international method groups of Joanna Briggs Institute, GRADE Working Group, Cochrane and Guidelines International Network.  (E.G. Diagnostic test accuracy, Public Health, Umbrella reviews, Rapid reviews, Evidence to Decision Frameworks, Guideline Updating, Guideline Adaptation, etc.)

As a member of JBI GRADE centre, is Miloslav focused on the implementation and improvement of GRADE methods within systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. Miloslav is authorised representative of Czech Health Research Council at Guidelines International Network, and he is also Head methodologist within the project of Czech Health Research Council, Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic and Institute of Health Information and Statistics of the Czech Republic with name “Clinical Practice Guidelines”.



Christine Laine

Christine Laine, MD, MPH, FACP - Christine is Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine and  Senior Vice President of the American College of Physicians. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and remains active in patient care and teaching at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Laine graduated, with a double major in biology and writing, from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y.

 She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed residency training in internal medicine at The New York Hospital (Cornell University), and a fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at Beth Israel Hospital (Harvard University). Dr. Laine earned her Master of Public Health degree, with a concentration in quantitative methods and clinical epidemiology, at Harvard University.

Dr. Laine is active in the world of medical journalism and holds leadership positions in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, the Council of Science Editors, and the World Association of Medical Editors. She has been instrumental in the development of editorial policy about issues such as authorship, conflicts of interest, transparent reporting of research, and clinical trial data sharing.


Karla Soares-Weiser Karla Soares Weiser - Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library. She is a trained psychiatrist, holds a Master's degree in epidemiology, and a Ph.D. in evidence-based healthcare from the University of São Paulo. 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 organizations. She was instrumental in the development of Cochrane Response, the organization’s evidence consultancy service; and from 2015 to 2019 was Cochrane's first Deputy Editor in Chief. 

As Editor in Chief, Karla is responsible for ensuring that the Cochrane Library meets its strategic goals of supporting health care decision making by consistently publishing timely, high priority, high-quality reviews responding to the needs of our end-users. Karla is part of Cochrane’s Senior Management Team and works close with Cochrane’s publishers to ensure that the presentation and delivery of Cochrane content is accessible and sustainable.


Stuart SpencerStuart Spencer - Stuart joined The Lancet in 1999 and throughout his time there has led the Fast Track team that aims to select, review and publish prestigious manuscripts within 4 weeks of receipt.  Although dealing with all areas of research, he deals with most of the cardiology submissions.

Before joining The Lancet Stuart was a full-time researcher leading various research teams in, scoliosis, growth, neuroendocrinology, immunology and fetal development. He has held posts both in academia and industry in UK, Netherland, Switzerland, and New Zealand. He has also had two senior research fellowships at Leuven University, Belgium, a Senior Fellowship in bioethics for 5 years, visiting professorships at King’s College, London and Hong Kong University, and a doctorate of medicine from Umea University, Sweden.


Gerd AntesGerd Antes - Gerd is a PhD mathematician and honorary professor at the University of Freiburg (Germany), emeritus since 2018. He set up the German Cochrane Centre in 1997 and was a Co-founder and board member (2001-2003 chair) of the German Network for evidence-based medicine (DNEbM) and member of the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group. ​

His activities focused on quality of planning, conducting and reporting of research, e. g. as member of the German Guidelines Committee AWMF (German Association of Medical Scientific Societies) and the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Clinical Trial Registry Platform (WHO), and several others. Recent activities focus on methodological aspects of Big Data, Personalized Medicine and Digitalization and new sources of biases, especially of the reporting, e. g. from predatory journals. Supporting the public and in particular the media.

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