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Claudia Burdet Lietti, PhD
Bernard Burnand is a public health physician, initially trained as a general internist and clinical epidemiologist. He is senior health services researcher at the Institute of social and preventive medicine, CHUV and University of Lausanne (UNIL), Head of the Healthcare Evaluation Unit, Director of the Clinical epidemiology Centre and of Cochrane Switzerland, and professor of healthcare evaluation and clinical epidemiology at the Faculty of biology and medicine, of UNIL. His research agenda is focused on specific issues dealing with the measurement – using routinely collected data - and improvement of quality of care, knowledge translation of evidence-based information in healthcare, and the development, implementation and evaluation of chronic diseases integrated care programmes.
Erik von Elm is co-director and co-founder of Cochrane Switzerland and has been involved in Cochrane for the past ten years. He trained as epidemiologist and public health physician; his research interests are in the methodology of interventional and observational studies, the synthesis and dissemination of research evidence and issues of scientific reporting. He has led or contributed to systematic reviews on a range of health topics. He holds a MD degree (University of Tübingen, Germany), a MSc degree in Epidemiology (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK) and is board-certified in Public Health (Swiss Medical Board, FMH). Currently, he serves as academic editor of PLoS ONE, is member of the GRADE working group, co-convenor of the STROBE Initiative, and ad-hoc reviewer for various peer-reviewed biomedical journals and research funding agencies.
Aline Flatz graduated from the medical school of the University of Berne. She then worked as a resident, first in pediatrics in Winterthur, and later in public health at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the Lausanne University Hospital, where she qualified in 2013 as a specialist in Public Health (FMH). She works since April 2014 for Cochrane Switzerland where she is responsible for a project of knowledge translation that aims to increase the dissemination of evidence-based public health findings. Furthermore, she is taking part in different projects within the European Satellite of the Cochrane Public Health Group.
Isabelle Peytremann Bridevaux was nominated assistant professor SSPH+ (Swiss School of Public Health) of UNIL in the Institute of social and preventive medicine in 2013. She oversees the team in charge of the satisfaction surveys of patients and health professionals and is active with Cochrane Switzerland in the production of systematic reviews and of knowledge transfer to practitioners. Holder of a federal diploma in medicine, she completed her training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Geneva and at the CHUV prior to obtaining a PhD in Medicine and a Master in Public Health. Isabelle Peytremann Bridevaux runs, since 2007, research activities in the field of prevention of chronic diseases and clinical epidemiology, her domain of expertise.
Nadine Pfeifer is academically trained in quantitative research methods in social sciences, specifically in the fields of evidence-based practice (EBP) and media and communication. She joined Cochrane Switzerland in September 2014 as a research collaborator and is responsible for the authoring of an etiologic systematic review on risk and protective factors of a specific elbow tendinopathy. Prior to joining Cochrane, she completed her Bachelor in Media and Communication Science at the University of Zurich, Switzerland and her Master's degree in Evidence-based Social Interventions at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
Patrick Taffé is a biostatistician at the Institute of social and preventive medicine, Lausanne. After a Bachelor in quantitative methods and a Master’s degree in Econometrics, he obtained a PhD in Econometrics and Statistics at the University of Geneva, in 1997. Specialized in the analysis of longitudinal and multilevel data, he has done quantitative and applied research for many years and teaches statistics at the faculty of biology and medicine of the University of Lausanne. More recently, his specific lines of research have shifted towards causal analysis and meta-analysis, for which he has developed a new course. Patrick Taffé is the statistics expert of Cochrane Switzerland.
Fabrizio Barazzoni graduated in medicine at the University of Zurich in 1983. In 1988, he achieved the Swiss Board Certifications (FMH) in Prevention and Public Health followed by a Master degree in Public Health at the Medical School, University of Geneva (1993). From 1985 to 1993 he was nominated as Assistant Cantonal Medical Officer in the Social and Health Department of the canton of Ticino. Since 1993, he is Chief Medical Officer of the Medical Area, being member of the General Direction of the Cantonal Hospital Institution (EOC), canton of Ticino. He is also the President of the Commission for Clinical Ethic and of the Advisory Board of Scientific Research of the EOC. He is in charge of the Italian translations of Cochrane Reviews published in the Tribuna Medica Ticinese (Canton of Ticino Medical Association journal).
Stefania Pelli is a scientific collaborator of the Medical Area of the Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC) Head office since 2008. After several years of study in Medicine (Bachelor of Medicine, equipollence 2013), she took up Economy obtaining, in 2012, a Master's degree in Business Administration. Since 2011, she coordinates the Italian translation of the Cochrane Reviews published in the Tribuna Medica Ticinese (Canton Ticino Medical Association journal) and contributes to update the Italian version of the Cochrane Switzerland website.
Affiliated with Cochrane Switzerland
Chantal Arditi is a health services researcher, with a MSc in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, Canada, and a MA in Sociology from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. She works as a research associate in the Healthcare Evaluation Unit at the Institute of social and preventive medicine, CHUV and University of Lausanne (UNIL), where she designed and conducted physician, patient and employee satisfaction surveys; performed evaluations of chronic disease management programs and healthcare networks; and participated and contributed to national and international projects (chronic disease management task force, Evidence Based Medicine Unity project). She led and published a Cochrane review on computer-generated reminders delivered on paper to healthcare professionals and co-authored a Cochrane review on chronic disease management programs for adults with asthma.
Kathelene Weiss is a fundraising professional with more than 15 years expertise in both the UK and USA in generating revenue and developing new income sources. She has contributed to building sustainable partnerships between businesses, the education sector, government, private individuals and the cultural and charitable sectors. Kathelene is an experienced leader with over 10 years in senior roles. Recent roles have included Director of Development for COHRED, a Geneva based NGO that works to build research capacity in low and middle income countries, and Director of Oxford Inspires the cultural development agency in Oxfordshire, UK.