TI Methods Speaker Series: Meta-analysis: From Black Box to Clear Box

Colin Dormuth

TI Methods Speaker Series: Meta-analysis: From Black Box to Clear Box

Colin Dormuth

This live webinar has already taken place. The video recording will be posted here soon.

Statistical software can enable researchers to conduct analyses by rote processes while evading methodological understanding. In meta-analysis, programs such as the Cochrane Collaboration’s Revman can produce a meta-analysis from simple data entry and the selection of a small handful of parameters. Little understanding is required of either statistical concepts or the methodology which produced the results. Attendees of this workshop had an opportunity to conduct a meta-analysis manually in a spreadsheet [click here to download the spreadsheet]. Results were compared to the same analysis from Revman. The learning example included discussion of fixed versus random effects, and some statistical consequences which arise from updating and interpreting a meta-analysis.

This was part 2 of a 2-part webinar, with the first session held on September 14 featuring Jordi Pardo Pardo and Douglas Salzwedel giving an introduction – and insider tips and tools – to writing Cochrane systematic reviews.


WHEN: Wednesday, September 28th, 2022 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM PDT [convert to your time zone]

WHERE: Offered online using the Zoom platform.

TITLE: Meta-analysis: From Black Box to Clear Box

SPEAKER: Dr. Colin Dormuth, Co-Director, Therapeutics Initiative, University of British Columbia


About the Speaker: Dr. Colin Dormuth joined the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia in 2007. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Co-Director of the Therapeutics Initiative at UBC. Previously, he served as Chair for the Pharmacoepidemiology Group at the Therapeutics Initiative (2006 to 2019). Dr. Dormuth has also been co-principal investigator for the British Columbia site of the Canadian Network for Observational Drug Effect Studies (DSEN-CNODES) since 2011.  Within CNODES, he has participated as the BC Site Liason for multiple studies, served as Project Lead on the CNODES Training Team, and has been an active participant in the CNODES Methods Team. Dr. Dormuth has over 25 years of experience using administrative health care databases to evaluate drug safety, pharmaceutical policy changes and physician prescribing behaviour. He has training in epidemiology, economic theory, applied econometrics, health services outcome research, and biostatistics. Dr. Dormuth holds Sc.D. and S.M. degrees in epidemiology from Harvard University, an M.A. in economics from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. in economics from the University of Manitoba.


About the TI Methods Speaker Series: The TI Methods Speaker Series are offered free of charge and everyone is welcome. The event is held at noon on the last Wednesday of each month. During the COVID-19 pandemic, while physical distancing measures are in effect, the TI Methods Speaker Series are offered via videoconference. The presentations are recorded and the video recordings are posted online. Click here to view the scheduled topics for 2022 and click here to view a list of TI Methods Speaker Series talks offered in 2021.

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