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Issue 3 | July 2020 (next issue September 2020)

In this newsletter:
  • ECP Group News:
    • journal club meeting on (1) making causal inferences in nutrition and (2) gender equality within Cochrane publications
    • online meetup on research collaborations
  • News from our Members:
    • research work of Chukwudi Nnaji on convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin transfusion in treating COVID‐19
    • research work of Dolly Sud on the importance of dyads in mental health research
  • Training and Events:
    • COVID-19 - Cochrane resources 
    • online course offerings by Cochrane Netherlands
    • learning live webinars
    • announcements about our next journal club and online meetup

ECP Group News

Learn more about the ECP Group with this welcome video from our Chair, Robin Vernooij. For more updates, please check our website and follow us on Twitter.

Journal Club 2: (1) Making causal inferences in nutrition and (2) Gender equality within Cochrane publications

The second Journal Club took place on Wednesday 27 May and the recordings from the event are now available, check them out!
Dena Zeraatkar presented on the topic of making causal inferences in nutrition. Check her presentation at this link. This was followed by a presentation on gender equality within Cochrane publications by Camila Montesinos Guevera and the recording can be accessed using the following link.

Online Meetup 3: Research Collaborations

The third Online Meetup took place on Wednesday 17 June on the topic of Research Collaborations. We were joined by Matteo Bruschettini, Mari Kinoshita, Greta Sibrecht and Ana Pizarro who discussed their involvement with the Cochrane International Mobility Programme.
Mari, Greta and Ana, alumni of the programme, shared reflections on their activities with the Programme and key take-away messages. Overall they highlighted that getting involved in Cochrane's work means becoming part of a global community. Participants also discussed how to form research collaborations/partnerships, good practice and the benefits and challenges.

Funding Opportunities for Early Career Professionals

News from our Members

Dr. Chukwudi Nnaji, Senior Scientist, Cochrane South Africa and Ph.D. Student, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Convalescent plasma and hyperimmune immunoglobulin are being considered as potential therapies for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In their Cochrane Corner commentary published in the Pan African Medical Journal (PAMJ) in June, Dr. Nnaji and colleague highlight and contextualize the findings of a recent Cochrane rapid review that evaluated the effectiveness and safety of convalescent plasma or hyperimmune immunoglobulin transfusion in the treatment COVID‐19. @ChuxNesta_Nnaji

Dolly Sud, Mental Health Pharmacist and Ph.D. Student, UK

Dolly has delivered an oral presentation of original research on ‘Dyads in mental health/psychiatry research: importance and value’ at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust Postgraduate Open Teaching Forum on June, 26th. On the importance of Dyads, Dolly comments: “There is increasing recognition of the importance of informal carers. Qualitative data collection typically focuses on individuals rather than dyads. Recruitment of dyads in research has a long history in social research and this approach is now increasingly being utilized health research. It facilitates a unique and valuable exploration and interrogation of healthcare experiences and relationships.” @dolly_sud
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Training and Events

Cochrane has a dedicated page that highlights content relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the various related activities that Cochrane is undertaking in response.
Cochrane Netherlands is organizing the following online interactive courses:
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analysis of prognosis studies: 7-9 September 2020
  • Meta-analysis of individual participant data from intervention studies: 10-11 September 2020
Further information and registration are available at:
Learning Live is a series of monthly webinars open to everyone and an archive of previous webinars.
The next Journal Club will take place in October 2020. Further details will follow!
Join us for our 4th Online Meetup on Wed 16 September 2pm BST with Dr Anisa Rowhani-Farid (@AnisaFarid) to discuss 'Conflicted, who me? Research reproducibility and reporting.' Link to login details:
Cochrane Starter Pack
  • Sign up for a Cochrane account and then explore all the amazing ways to get involved
  • TaskExchange - Use your skills to help authors complete reviews
  • Cochrane Crowd - Volunteer to help categorise and summarise healthcare evidence
  • Online learning - Resources relevant to systematic reviews and evidence-based medicine
  • Interactive Learning (Cochrane account required) - how to conduct a systematic review
  • Evidence Essentials (free but Cochrane account required) - introduction to health evidence
  • Learning events - find information about upcoming training (in-person and online)
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