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Session 1: Quality of evidence for guidelines and recommendations

Session 1: Quality of evidence for guidelines and recommendations

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


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. 


Information on additional speakers will follow ASAP.

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