Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018

Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018, co-hosted with the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Knowledge Translation Platform, will take place on June 6-7 in Calgary, Alberta. This year’s symposium is about forging ahead into new horizons to develop fit-for-purpose evidence syntheses; carrying out effective knowledge translation; and creating lasting impacts on health care and health.

Cochrane Canada’s two-day symposium will offer consumers, practitioners, policymakers and managers, researchers and research funders the ideal forum to forge strong, meaningful partnerships and to discuss how to: 

  • empower and engage patients with review-derived patient materials;           
  • support health practitioners in efficiently and effectively using reviews and guidelines; 
  • prepare policymakers and managers for a world of living reviews and guidelines; and           
  • inspire the next generation of Cochrane reviewers and authors. 

Day 2 of Cochrane Canada Symposium 2018 will feature a series of workshops, including:

Rapid Reviews Workshop

A half-day workshop dedicated to introducing participants to the rapid review approach as a mode of knowledge synthesis.

Workshop Lead: Chantelle Garritty, Co-convenor, Cochrane Rapid Reviews Methods Group (RRMG); Lead, Rapid Reviews Program, Knowledge Synthesis Group, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI)

Systematic Review Workshop

A full-day, intensive workshop on how to conduct a systematic review. Key concepts will be presented to participants through lectures and hands-on learning sessions.

Workshop Lead: A distinguished roster of experts from Cochrane Canada

Knowledge Translation Workshop

A full-day workshop dedicated to introducing participants to the idea of human-centred design. Participants will discuss different human-centred design methods; co-design solutions to identify what works; and plan an effective implementation strategy.

Workshop Lead: Guillermina Noël, Health Knowledge Designer, Physician Learning Program in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

For more information, including a full program and a list of this year’s invited speakers, please visit

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