PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] The difference between abundant information and useful knowledge is a problem in many fields including health care, where life and death can depend on the decision to prescribe a drug or perform a surgery. A new center at Brown University, led by a team of five experts in evidence-based medicine, will advance the study of turning heaps of data in research papers into a powerful understanding that doctors and scientists can apply.
"Evidence-based medicine will be extraordinarily important as we move forward in a new health care environment," said Dr. Edward Wing, dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown. "Clinicians and hospitals will depend on this kind of research and analysis to provide the highest quality care. Furthermore, the expertise of these individuals will be important resources for many faculty across the Brown campus. Evidence-based medicine is the core of good quality care."
The new faculty members include Dr. Thomas Trikalinos, Dr. Joseph Lau, and Prof. Christopher Schmid, a highly regarded trio currently based at Tufts University Medical Center in Boston. In addition, their close collaborators Dr. Issa Dahabreh, a physician, and Byron Wallace, a computer scientist, will also come from Tufts for appointments as research faculty members. Trikalinos, who will direct the new center, will arrive at Brown in mid-March, while Schmid, Dahabreh, and Wallace will follow in June; Lau will arrive in the fall.
Trikalinos said coming to Brown will place the team in a broad and multidisciplinary academic environment, with a focus on research and students. That will allow for an expansion of the researchers' work on meta-analysis and systematic review into new directions, both academic and applied.
"The aim of the center is to advance the methodology of research synthesis, and knowledge synthesis and integration," said Trikalinos, who, like his colleagues, blends computer science a
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