Issa Dahabreh wins SRSM Early Career Development Award

Issa Dahabreh, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice and founding member of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health (CESH) won the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology (SRSM) Early Career Development Award. SRSM is a cross disciplinary society that supports and promotes the development and use of innovative and robust methods of research synthesis.

CESH launches SRDR+

CESH recently launched an updated version of the Systematic Review Data Repository. This new version, called SRDR+ (, is a free, powerful, online, collaborative system for extracting and archiving study data during systematic reviews. To our knowledge, this is the only system of its kind that is free to anybody around the world. We therefore consider SRDR+ to be a community resource.

Click here to read more about the update.

Raimondo Signs Executive Order at the Brown School of Public Health

On Wednesday, February 6, Governor Gina M. Raimondo signed an executive order establishing an official target for health care spending growth in Rhode Island: 3.2% annual growth through 2022. The 3.2% growth target came out of work that Brown University's School of Public Health began last summer after receiving a $550,000 grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare. CESH's Anya Rader Wallack, PhD is a member of the team providing cost analysis to the state.


Issa Dahabreh publishes on Observational Data

Dr. Issa Dahabreh published an article "Randomization, randomized trials, and analyses using observational data: A commentary on Deaton and Cartwright" in the Social Science & Medicine journal.

To read the article, click here.

Anya Rader Wallack elected to Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Governance Board

Institute for Clinical and Economic Review Elects Three New Members to Governance Board 

-- New board members will bring their broad leadership experience - spanning patient advocacy, biomedical innovation, and state health policy - to help guide ICER in its mission to produce evidence that will help the health system achieve sustainable access to high-value care for all patients --

Congratulations Christopher Schmid appointed as Department Chair of Biostatistics

Congratulations to Professor Christopher H. Schmid for being appointed as chair of the Department of Biostatistics effective 1 August 2018. Schmid has been with Brown since 2012 and is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health. Schmid succeeds Joseph Hogan, ScD in the position of chair.

New Report: Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women: A Systematic Review Update

Ethan Balk, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, along with other CESH and Tufts Medical Center collegues led an AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center project on Nonsurgical Treatments for Urinary Incontinence in Women.

New Publication on Treatments of Primary Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin

Thomas Trikalinos, MD, Associate Professor in Health Services, Policy, and Practice and the Director of the Center for Evidence Synthesis in Health, led an AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center project on Treatments for Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin with Aaron Drucker, MD, ScM, FRCPC, CESH Research Associates; Gaelen Adam. MLIS, Valerie Rofeberg, ScM and other collegues.

CESH K12 Scholar co-authors colonoscopy article

K12 Scholar Jonah Popp is the co-author of a new article in Medical Decision Making Policy and Practice (MDMP&P). The article, entitled ""Yield and Cost-effectiveness of Computed Tomography Colonography Versus Colonoscopy for Post Colorectal Cancer Surveillance" compares the utility of computed tomographic colonography (CTC) with optical colonoscopy (OC) in 231 patients one year after colon surgery. Read the full text here.

CESH at the 25th Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh, UK

Christopher Schmid, Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of Biostatistics, along with CESH’s Valerie Rofeberg, Biostatistician and Senior Research Associate, and Stacey Springs, Investigator in Health Services, Policy and Practice, attended and presented at the 25th Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh, UK which took place from September 16-18, 2018.

Center of Evidence Synthesis in Health Oral Sessions: