Speaker: Professor Kay Dickersin (Director, Center for Clinical Trials and Evidence Synthesis, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Dr. Dickersin, a zoologist and epidemiologist by training, has conducted studies in a number of important subject areas, including women’s health, eyes and vision, and surgery. Her major research interests are related to randomized clinical trials, systematic reviews and meta analysis, reporting biases, trials registers, peer review, evidence-based health care, and patient-centered outcomes research. She has led and participated in research on reporting biases since the 1980s. Among her many honours, Dr. Dickersin is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and received the 2014 Ingram Olkin Award from the Society for Research Synthesis Methods for lifetime contributions to the field. In 2000, the National Breast Cancer Coalition recognized her as an Exceptional Advocate. Dr. Dickersin is also Director of the U.S. Cochrane Center, one of 13 Centers worldwide participating in The Cochrane Collaboration.