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Colloquia & the Collaboration

About Cochrane Colloquia

As a high profile non-profit health research organization, The Cochrane Collaboration sponsors annual Colloquia, hosted by Cochrane Groups around the world. Recent colloquia were held in Auckland, New Zealand (2012); Madrid, Spain (2011); and Keystone, Colorado (2010). The 2013 Colloquium, entitled: Better Knowledge for Better Health|Un meilleur savoir pour une meilleure santé, will be held in beautiful Québec City, Québec, Canada.

Colloquia bring together up to 1200 international experts (researchers, health care professionals, policy-makers and consumers) who are both Cochrane members and those who wish to learn more about the Collaboration. Colloquia feature:

  • up to six plenary sessions delivered by world renowned experts
  • more than 60 workshops advancing participants’ knowledge in conducting systematic reviews, getting evidence into practice, methodology standards, and knowledge translation topics
  • as many as 110 oral presentations sharing new knowledge and experience with participants 
  • in excess of 200 scientific posters highlighting global research

Annual Colloquia are held to advance the work of the Collaboration to ensure we meet the ongoing challenge of producing reviews that address globally important health care questions. They also provide an important opportunity to encourage new contributors and partnerships with organizations that share the Collaboration’s commitment to evidence informed health care.

Welcome to the Cochrane Colloquium! Tips and Tricks for Newcomers webinar
Wednesday, 14 August 2013, 12-1PM EDT (Toronto); conducted in French
Thursday, 15 August 2013, 12-1PM EDT (Toronto); conducted in English

This webinar will provide a short introduction to The Cochrane Collaboration and some tips and tricks for making the most of your Colloquium experience. A Cochrane Colloquium is a unique international event from which you can benefit in many ways if you plan carefully: don’t miss any of the exciting opportunities to learn and collaborate! Hear from past participants about how to maximize your experience as a Colloquium newcomer.

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About The Cochrane Collaboration

“Our vision is that health care decision-making throughout the world will be informed by high quality, timely research evidence".

Founded in 1993, The Cochrane Collaboration is the largest global network of scientists, researchers, health policy-makers and consumer advocates involved in the production of systematic reviews of healthcare evidence to answer questions about health care.

Some 31,000 individuals in 120 countries willingly contribute their time and expertise to a rigorous process of gathering, assessing, and synthesising research on the effectiveness of health care interventions to produce Cochrane Reviews. The results are then shared with practitioners, policy-makers and patients to help them make informed and effective choices.

Cochrane Reviews are widely considered the gold standard in systematic reviews of health evidence. They are published online in The Cochrane Library (there are currently over 5200 reviews) in English with a growing selection available in other languages.

Cochrane Reviews are unique because they are both produced by, and are relevant to, everyone interested in the effects of health care. The best available evidence allows healthcare policy-makers to decide if they should fund provision of a particular drug. Practitioners can find out if an intervention is effective in a specific clinical context. Patients and other health care consumers can assess the potential risks and benefits treatment.

The Cochrane Collaboration’s contributors are a mix of mostly volunteers and only 500 paid staff, and many are world leaders in their field of medicine, health policy, research methodology or consumer advocacy. Cochrane groups are situated in some of the world’s best academic and medical institutions.

In addition to our core mission of producing Cochrane Reviews, our contributors are involved in a number of related activities, including: advocacy for evidence-based decision-making; providing training in Cochrane Review preparation; developing methodology for preparing reviews; and translating reviews from English into a range of different languages. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded by a variety of sources including governments, universities, hospital trusts, charities and personal donations. We operate to minimize bias and remain free from commercial influences.

In January 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) awarded the Collaboration a seat on the World Health Assembly, allowing us to provide input on WHO health resolutions. We were accepted as a Non-Governmental Organization in Official Relations with the WHO, establishing a partnership with formalized communication between our two organizations.

About Cochrane Canada

Cochrane Canada is composed of more than 2700 contributors, including over 1500 review authors. Canadian entities of the Collaboration include the Canadian Cochrane Centre (the reference Centre for the international Cochrane Consumer Network), six Review Groups, three Methods Groups, one Field, 18 Regional Sites (including Université Laval) and 25 Partner Organizations.

The Canadian Cochrane Centre (CCC), registered in August 1993, is one of 14 independent, not-for-profit Centres of The Cochrane Collaboration worldwide. The CCC is located at the Centre for Practice-Changing Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Health, with supplemental funding from other health organizations. We support the activities of members of The Cochrane Collaboration in Canada to promote the Collaboration, The Cochrane Library and evidence‐based health care in Canada.

We collaborate with health professional organizations, health researchers, health technology assessment groups, national consumer associations, universities, governments and other interested groups in order to achieve this goal.