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Evidence synthesis

Using rigorous evidence synthesis methods to reach solutions

Data can be chaotic and overwhelming – this team is working towards synthesising all kinds of evidence around obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and uniting key researchers to collaborate on solutions.

Our vision is to bring order and understanding to the chaos of data that is relevant to health policy decisions.

We are conducting methodological research to advance the science of evidence synthesis in different disciplines. Within the Charles Perkins Centre, we’ll offer training sessions and an ongoing arena for discussion.

More broadly, we work to foster evidence synthesis through collaboration between research teams outside of the Charles Perkins Centre who wish to use systematic review and meta-analytical methods to address a specific research question. We plan to collaborate with the Australian Cochrane Centre and Cochrane review groups through a forum that meets regularly (The Cochrane Centre is an independent organisation that strives to make the vast amounts of evidence generated through health research useful and accessible for individuals, organisations and governments around the world.)

We have two main aims:

  • to support and promote the use of rigorous evidence synthesis methods – we analyse data from various disciplines to improve understanding of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease
  • to carry out cutting-edge methodological research to advance the science of evidence synthesis.

Diverse fields including the social sciences, animal toxicology and environmental science are rapidly adopting evidence synthesis methods.

These methods are being used to assess the harms of environmental exposures by combining evidence from human, animal and mechanistic data streams. Government policy agencies (such as NHMRC, the US Environmental Protection Agency, European Environmental Agency) now require systematic reviews to decide whether exposure to hazards should be regulated.

Our team is addressing the methodological challenges that occur when systematic review methods are applied to different data streams and types of data.

  • Professor Lisa Bero, Pharmacy, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Dr Barbara Mintzes, Pharmacy, University of Sydney [Project lead]
  • Professor Lisa Askie, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Emily Atkins, George Institute
  • Dr Jo-An Atkinson, Sax Institute
  • Professor Adrian Bauman, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Professor Louise Baur, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Laurent Billot, George Institute, University of Sydney
  • Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, Science, University of Sydney
  • Dr Sue Brennan, Cochrane Centre
  • Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri, Science, University of Sydney
  • Colleen Cuddy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Thomas Debray, University of Utrecht
  • Dr Joanna Diong, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Melody Ding, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr David Dorman, North Carolina State University
  • Associate Professor Adam Dunn, Macquarie University
  • Dr Kylie Easton, NPS MedicineWise
  • Dr Julian Elliott, Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Lorraine Evison, University of Sydney
  • Louise Freebairn, ACT Health (and PhD student via Sax Institute)
  • Professor Davina Ghersi, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Alison Gosby, Nutritional Ecology and Physiology Lab, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Professor Sally Green, Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Dr Quinn Grundy, Pharmacy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Debra Hector, Prevention, Research, Collaboration, Charles Perkins Centre
  • Professor David Howells, University of Tasmania
  • Professor Yun-hee Jeon, Nursing, University of Sydney
  • James Kite, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Henry Ko, University of Sydney
  • Dr Tracey-Lea Laba, The George Institute, University of Sydney
  • Associate Professor Clement Loy, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Carole Lunny, Monash University
  • Steve McDonald, Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Professor Malcolm Macleod, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Joanne McKenzie, Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Dr Justin McNab, Health Sciences, University of Sydney
  • Robyn Mildon, Save the Children
  • Carl Moons, University of Utrecht
  • Dr Sarah Norris, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Jonathan Penm, Pharmacy, University of Sydney
  • Dr Alun Pope, Statistical Consulting Service, University of Sydney
  • Professor David Raubenheimer, Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Radboud University
  • Professor Lucie Rychetnik, Sax Institute
  • Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Alistair Senior, Science, University of Sydney
  • Professor Cathie Sherrington, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Aron Shlonsky, University of Melbourne
  • Ida Sim, University of California - San Francisco
  • Professor Emmanuel Stamakakis, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Kris Thayer, NIEHS, NIH
  • Associate Professor Allison Tong, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Guy Tsafnat, Macquarie University
  • Dr Shahadat Uddin, Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney
  • Jo Watson, Consumers Health Forum
  • Professor Angela Webster, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Sarah White, Medicine, University of Sydney
  • Dr Melina Willson, Australasian Cochrane Centre
  • Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, The University of Newcastle
  • Professor Tracey Woodruff, University of California, San Francisco
  • Dr Jim Wright, University of British Columbia

Project lead

Professor Lisa Bero
Professor Lisa Bero
“The opportunity to come to the Charles Perkins Centre was the perfect next step for our research program.”
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Project lead

Barbara Mintzes
Doctor Barbara Mintzes
The multi-disciplinary nature of the Charles Perkins Centre and the focus on health issues with strong social, political and environmental influences are what attracted me to work here.
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