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NC3Rs | 20 Years: Pioneering Better Science

Introduction to systematic review & meta-analysis of animal studies


Registration Details

Event date and time
Dr Alexandra Bannach-Brown
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Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 December, 12.00 – 14.00 (GMT)/13.00 – 17.00 (CET) daily


This workshop, delivered over three half-days by the CAMARADES group is free to attend for all researchers and would be particularly useful to those who have never undertaken a systematic review before.


Through a combination of lectures, practical activities and tutorials, this online workshop will focus on the major steps required to undertake a systematic review and meta-analysis of preclinical animal studies using the freely available online platform Systematic Review Facility (SyRF).


Learning objectives: 

  • Understand what a systematic review is and why to perform one.
  • Understand the components of a good research question.
  • Understand the components of a protocol.
  • Understand the importance of pre-registering your protocol and where to register.
  • Learn how to develop an accurate systematic search strategy.
  • Learn how to screen records for inclusion against pre-set criteria.
  • Understand the steps required for data extraction including study design information and quantitative data.
  • Learn how to assess studies for risk of bias and reporting.
  • Learn how to conduct meta-analysis of effect size data using R.
  • Understand how to report your completed systematic review.

SyRF is an online platform for researchers to perform systematic review and meta-analysis of animal studies, developed by CAMARADES using an NC3Rs infrastructure grant.