Consortium on Individual Development


9 May 2019
08:45 - 17:00
UMC Utrecht

UMCU workshop: Systematic reviews of animal studies (full)

Angela Sarabdjitsingh, part of work package 4, is organising a workshop at the UMCU on 9th May about ‘Systematic reviews of animal studies – Improving transparency on quality and translatability of animal studies’. This hands-on training is for (biomedical) researchers directly or indirectly involved in animal experiments.

NOTE: This workshop is full and no longer accepting new applications.

Benefits of systematic review in animal research

Despite the widespread use of systematic review in clinical research, it is still rather uncommon to perform systematic review for animal experimentation. There is a need for more systematic review as it may:

  1. help improve the scientific quality of animal experiments,
  2. prevent unnecessary (duplication of ) experiments,
  3. improve translation of animal data to the clinic, thereby increasing patient safety

Moreover, meta-analyses of animal studies on a certain topic provide quantitative summaries that may result in new insights without having to use new animals.

Aims of the workshop

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of systematic reviews of animal studies. Both the advantages and the limitations of systematic reviews will be discussed. Moreover, you will get the opportunity to practice the typical steps of systematic reviews. This practical experience will give you a good idea about the added value of systematic reviews as well as the possibilities and efforts needed for conducting such a review in your own line of research.

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