EQUATOR Network Seminar and Annual Lecture 3 October 2011

Guest blog post from Shona Kirtley at the EQUATOR Network, which is endorsed
by all BioMed Central journals, about their up-coming seminar and annual
lecture in Bristol, UK

The EQUATOR Network (Enhancing the
QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) is holding a seminar and its 3rd
annual lecture prior to the 2011 Clinical
Trials Methodology Conference in Bristol
. Both events will be held in the
Bristol Marriott City Centre hotel on the 3 October 2011.

EQUATOR Seminar: ‘Getting your trial published:
CONSORT 2010 and other reporting guidelines’
Monday 3 October 2011, 14:00-17:30
The seminar, which is aimed at both clinical and
non-clinical professionals involved in planning, conducting and publishing
randomised trials, will help you to increase your chances of preparing a first
class paper that provides a transparent and accurate account of your study
methods and findings.

The seminar will
cover the following topics:

Major problems in the reporting
of randomized controlled trials (RCTs): from methodology issues to misleading
writing style (‘spin’)

Updated guidance for reporting
randomized trials, the CONSORT
2010 Statement
, and the available CONSORT extensions

Latest ideas and guidance on

Other guidance relevant to
trial reporting available at the EQUATOR Library for Health Research Reporting

Editors’ views and practical
tips regarding the expected quality of submitted trial manuscripts

include: Professor Doug Altman,
Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford, UK; Dr Sally Hopewell, Senior Research
Fellow, CONSORT Group, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford; Mrs Allison Hirst, Research Fellow,
EQUATOR Network, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford; Dr Isabelle Boutron, French Cochrane
Centre, University Paris Descartes & Centre of Clinical Epidemiology,
Assistance Publique des Hôpitaux de Paris, France; Dr Emma Veitch, Senior Editor, PLoS Medicine; Consulting Editor,
PLoS ONE, Cambridge; Mr Iain Hrynaszkiewicz,
Journal Publisher, BioMed Central, London; Dr
Iveta Simera
, Head of Development, EQUATOR Network, Centre for Statistics
in Medicine, Oxford.

EQUATOR 3rd Annual Lecture: ‘Better reporting of
better research = better healthcare: a patient plea’
Monday 3 October 2011, 18:00-19:30
The 3rd Annual Lecture will be presented by Hazel Thornton Hon. DSc., Founding
Chairman of the Consumers’ Advisory Group for Clinical Trials. The lecture will
offer a perspective that attempts to focus attention on the need for everyone –
citizens included – to realise the importance of their
part in the network of activity that drives improvement in the quality of
healthcare. Effective and efficient inter-connectedness is vital to ensure that
research findings are relevant, reliable and swiftly available.

The lecture is free to attend and no registration is

For more
detailed information about both events and the seminar registration form please

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