Thu 5 Dec

Looking back

Today we mark #ThrowBackThursday, Cochrane style! Cochrane’s 11,000 members and over 68,000 supporters come from more than 130 countries, worldwide. Our volunteers and contributors are researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and people passionate about improving health outcomes for everyone, everywhere. Our global independent network gathers and summarizes the best evidence from research to help you make informed choices about treatment and we have been doing this for 25 years.

Today's content looks back over the past year, the past 25 years, and the importance of gathering as a community - either virtually or in person. Together we will reminisce about past Colloquiums, our achievements, and our many awards that are named after key Cochrane contributors.

Special Content

Cochrane's Annual General Meeting

The AGM is an opportunity for Cochrane's Trustees - its Governing Board - and senior officers to tell you, the members, about the management of the charity. It also provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and vote on a number of issues affecting the organization. All Cochrane members as defined by the Membership Terms & Conditions are entitled to vote on AGM Resolutions. You are entitled to vote even if you are not attending the meeting.

Colloquium Memories

Watch this short slideshow presentation of past Cochrane Colloquia and a video about memories from our very first one!

2019 Award and Prize Winners

As celebrate our 2019 Cochrane award and prize winners, it’s a great opportunity to reflect back and remember who they are named in honour of. We highlight the work of some of the significant contributors to Cochrane with our awards – Thomas C Chalmers, Kenneth Warren, Chris Silagy, Bill Silverman, and Anne Anderson.

Congratulations to Dena Zeraatkar for Best Oral Presentation

Dena won for her presentation "A novel approach to evaluate the plausibility of causal relationships from non-randomized studies"

Congratulations to Rui Wang for Best Poster Presentation

Rui won for his poster "Reporting of Cochrane systematic review protocols with network meta-analyses – a scoping review"

World Volunteer Day

There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our global network of members and supporters work together to achieve our strategic goals and are usually affiliated to one or more Cochrane Groups based on their interests, expertise, and/or geographical location. Today we reflect on the many contributions of Cochrane volunteers.

Translation activities are led by local Cochrane groups and their translator communities, the majority of which are volunteer based. Due to the length of Cochrane Reviews, our teams focus on the abstract and/or the Plain Language Summary. You can find Cochrane evidence in 15 different languages.

Reflections on Chile and the Colloquium

Following the cancellation of the in-person Colloquium in Santiago, members of the Cochrane Community have published articles and reflections on their experience. 

Related Content

What is Cochrane?

Cochrane  contributors work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. This is vital for us to generate authoritative and reliable information, working freely, unconstrained by commercial and financial interests. We gather and analyze the  best available evidence to help people make informed decisions about health and health care. These are called systematic reviews.

Cochrane's name

Cochrane is named in honour of Archie Cochrane, a British medical researcher who contributed greatly to the development of epidemiology as a science.

Our logo tells a story

The circle formed by two 'C' shapes represents our global collaboration. The lines within illustrate the summary results from an iconic systematic review. Each horizontal line represents the results of one study, while the diamond represents the combined result, our best estimate of whether the treatment is effective or harmful. The diamond sits clearly to the left of the vertical line representing "no difference", therefore the evidence indicates that the treatment is beneficial. We call this representation a "forest plot". This forest plot within our logo illustrates an example of the potential for systematic reviews to improve health care. It shows that corticosteroids given to women who are about to give birth prematurely can save the life of the newborn child.

Community Participation

Cochrane Colloquium Challenge 2019

Cochrane Crowd are running a citation screening challenge to coincide with the virtual #CochraneSantiago Cochrane Colloquium, and everyone is welcome to join in to help reach our goal of 48,000 classifications in 48 hours!

Virtual #CochraneSantiago Discussions

Let's see your best Cochrane #ThrowbackThursday pictures! Post on social media your favourite pictures from past Colloquiums and Cochrane events. Share your Cochrane memories or how you first learned about Cochrane.

Posters and Oral Presentations

Those accepted for a poster presentation at the Colloquium had the option to upload their poster file or their poster file with an audio presentation. All posters are available for viewing here. Those accepted for a short or long oral presentation at the Colloquium had the option to upload a video of their presentation or book a time with Cochrane to record one. All oral presentations are available for viewing here.