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The Canadian Cochrane Centre regrets to announce that Mary Ellen Schaafsma, Executive Director, has left her position at the Centre after more than eight years of dedicated leadership. Mary Ellen has moved to British Columbia to be closer to her family, and it is there that she will work for United Way of the Lower Mainland. We thank Mary Ellen for all that she has done for Cochrane Canada and congratulate her as she takes on this new chapter in her life.

Dr. Dawn Stacey has earned the distinction of having one of her Cochrane systematic reviews cited more than any other Cochrane Review in 2013. According to The Cochrane Library, of more than 5,000 reviews, “Decision aids for people facing health treatments or screening decisions,” which was conducted by an international team lead by Dr. Stacey, was the most cited review last year.

If you’re looking for evidence-based health information in Canada, a lot depends on who – and where – you are. A physician in a teaching hospital? No problem. But family doctors in rural areas, nurses or physiotherapists have a much harder time accessing up to date materials. And the general public is more likely to find themselves turning to Dr. Google than trustworthy sources.

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Watch the Café scientifique live from Ottawa on 4 September 2014 at 6 p.m. EST

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Students 4 Best Evidence (S4BE) is organizing a special campaign week – S4BE Wiki Week (#Students4WPM ) –  from 15-19 September, with the help of Wikipedia and The Cochrane Collaboration. The aim of the week is to get students adding and editing the latest health evidence and evidence-based concepts on Wikipedia.Wikipedia logo

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