EBTC at the Innovation Well (May 2018)
EBTC presented at the final event of the US tour of InnovationWell, Towards Evidence-based Care for Human Health and the Environment. EBTC's Katya Tsaioun opened the event with a talk focusing on the role of evidence-based methodologies in objective comparison of performance of new technologies. Dr Kris Thayer, US EPA and member of EBTC's Board of Trustees, presented the evidence-based approaches to evidence synthesis being developed at the US EPA's IRIS program.
New Publication: EFSA/EBTC Colloquium Report (May 2018)
The report of the EFSA/EBTC Colloquium on Evidence Integration in risk assessment has been published in the EFSA journal and is available. EBTC and EFSA are continuing the collaboration and are working on the topics for a possible 2019 joint Colloquium, continuing with the topic of evidence integration. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.
EBTC at the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence annual conference (April 2018)
EBTC's Katya Tsaioun and Paul Whaley spoke last month at the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence's 2nd conference "From Knowledge to Environmental Action". The conference attracted an international audience coming from all continents including Africa and South America and addressed a wide variety of questions mostly related to ecology and environment using SR and evidence-based methodologies to inform environmental action. Paul gave a talk about the role and responsibility of scientific journals in resolving the problem of publication of substandard systematic reviews, and Katya spoke on the use of SR in safety test methods comparisons.
EBTC host Informational Session at SOT 2018 (March 2018)
EBTC's Daniele Wikoff chaired an Informational Session at SOT 2018, titled "Moving beyond theory to the use of systematic review to support regulatory decision making for evidence-based risk assessment". The session featured Kristina Thayer (US EPA IRIS program), Elisa Aiassa (European Food Safety Authority), Heather Reddick and Jessica Myers (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) and Katya Tsaioun (EBTC). The speakers shared their practical experience of using SR methodologies for risk assessment. See the SOT 2018 website for more information.
EBTC contributes to new GRADE guideline (February 2018)
In a recently published article, Carlijn Hooijmans and colleagues, working with the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group, propose a framework to address the lack of a standardised method for assessing the reliability and relevance of animal studies at the level of body of evidence as a whole. A number of researchers involved with EBTC, including Trustees, staff and SAC members, contributed to its development. They include Kris Thayer, Holger Schünemann, Emily Sena and Rob de Vries.
New developments in journal standards for SRs (January 2018)
EBTC researcher Paul Whaley, Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews at the journal Environment International (2016 IF 7.08), finalised new journal guidance about systematic reviews, systematic maps, and the protocols for each as full publications. See detailed guidance on the journal’s reporting requirements, adapted from PRISMA. Paul was also involved in development of new reporting guidelines for SRs in the environmental sciences, ROSES. Download the manuscript.
EBTC supports US EPA IRIS program (January 2018)
EBTC submitted written comments to a public workshop organised by the NAS Committee to Review Advances Made to the IRIS Process. We emphasised the value and benefit to us from our collaboration with the new IRIS leadership at EPA (Kris Thayer, Director of the EPA IRIS program is a member of the EBTC Board of Trustees) and the EPA's role as a leader among US agencies in adopting the systematic review as part of chemical risk assessment, with such work being key to modernising risk assessment and building trust with all stakeholders.
Dr. Kris Thayer joins the EBTC Board (December 2017)
EBTC is pleased to announce that Kristina Thayer, Ph.D. has joined our Board of Trustees. Kris serves as the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Division Director, located within the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). Kris brings government agency experience and pioneering expertise on the application of systematic review methods to environmental health topics to EBTC. We are delighted to welcome her on board.