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Session 4: Living Recommendations

Session 4: Living Recommendations

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  • Oct 02, 2020
  • 14:00 pm
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  • 2:00 hours
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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 (


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Rodrigo Pardo-Turriago - Rodrigo is a head Professor in the Neurology Department and Clinical Research Institute at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá.

He has acted as a GIN member since 2010 and chairs the Iberoamerican Regional Working Group and collaborates in the Knowledge Working Groups and the Working Group on low- and middle-income countries. He additionally acts as the National Leader in Guidelines Development and an implementation and consultant for the National Ministry of Health in Colombia and the National Institute for Innovation and Health technologies.

Dr. Pardo-Turriago`s research interests include Neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimere disease and related disorders) and Clinical Epidemiology Methods. 

He works to improve methods for design, write and promote evidence based in clinical guidelines in Latin América.


Eddy Lang, CA

Eddy Lang - Eddy is a Professor and Department Head for Emergency Medicine at Cumming School of Medicine- University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services, Calgary Zone.

His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine and operations research. He is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation.

Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for both ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine.

In addition, he is a member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC). Dr. Lang chaired the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians Conference (CAEP) 2018 and he was appointed as the Scientific Director of the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network ESCN in Alberta.



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Associate Professor Julian Elliott - Julian is Lead for Evidence Systems at Cochrane, Senior Research Fellow at Cochrane Australia and an infectious diseases physician and Research Group Leader in the Department of Infectious Diseases, Alfred Hospital and Monash University.

His research is focussed on the use of new technology and systems to improve evidence synthesis and the use of evidence for health decision making. He is leading Cochrane’s development of new evidence systems, including co-leading Project Transform, a major Cochrane project that is using new software systems, artificial intelligence and citizen science to improve the production of systematic reviews.

He is also the co-founder and CEO of Covidence, a non-profit online platform for efficient systematic review production. Associate Professor Elliott was previously Chair of the Australasian HIV Guidelines Panel and was the 2017 recipient of the Australian Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in Health and Medical Research.

Tamara LotfiOle Wichmann, MD - Ole is by background a physician, trained in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, and later specialized in infectious disease epidemiology. In 2009 Dr. Wichmann was appointed director of the Immunization Unit at the Robert Koch-Institute, an institution within the portfolio of the German Ministry of Health responsible for disease prevention and control. The unit hosts the executive secretariat of the German national immunization technical advisory group (STIKO) and is thereby involved in the development of national vaccination recommendations and national immunization policy-making. He is a member of WHO’s European Technical Advisory Group of Experts in Immunization (ETAGE) and member of the steering group to the EU network of national immunization technical advisory groups. His current research interests include the effectiveness and population-level effects of vaccines and evidence-based decision-making for the introduction of new vaccines in national immunization programs.


Tamara LotfiElie Akl - Elie is a tenured Professor of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB), where he leads the division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, the Clinical Research Institute and the AUB GRADE center. He has a part time appointment in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HE&I) at McMaster University. His research expertise is in systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and conflicts of interest. He published close to 400 peer-reviewed papers and was listed by Thomson Reuters as one of the 2015 "world’s most influential scientific minds" and as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers” yearly since 2015.


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Lisa Paddle - Lisa is a Senior Manager of Pandemic Preparedness and Response (Public Health Measures) at the Public Health Agency of Canada.  She leads a team of technical staff who have developed and published over 14 pieces of national guidance on public health measures and risk assessment/mitigation strategies for various settings (including schools, workplaces, community based settings) and countless communications products. 

 As a public health nurse with over 30 years experience, she has been involved in guidance development and leading teams through H1N1, Ebola, SARS and now throughout the “mother of all pandemics” for this century – COVID-19


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Marina Salvadori - Marina s a paediatric infectious diseases physician. She worked in London Ontario for 20 years at the children’s hospital, and  is a Professor at Western University.  She is very interested in immunizations and immunization advocacy and has been a member of Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization. She won the YMCA Woman of Excellence in 2017 for her advocacy work around immunization policy, education and awareness.

In February 2020 she joined the Public Health Agency of Canada and is living, breathing, dreaming all things COVID-19.  She currently does not sing.



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Matthew Tunis - Matthew is the Executive Secretary for Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization, an External Advisory Body to the Public Health Agency of Canada, where he oversees the workplan and scientific activities of the committee.  He holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa School of Epidemiology and Public Health.

His current research explores evidence synthesis methods to support immunization program decisions and recommendation development.



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