Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research

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The UK EQUATOR Centre, based at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS), University of Oxford, focuses on national activities aimed at raising awareness and supporting adoption of good research reporting practices. The centre works with partner organisations and initiatives and also contributes to the work of the EQUATOR Network as a whole. The UK EQUATOR Centre is also the head office of the EQUATOR Network.

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UK EQUATOR Centre staff

Doug Altman, Director UK EQUATOR Centre

Professor Doug Altman is Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine and Professor of Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. He is a co-founder of the EQUATOR Network and a chair of the EQUATOR Steering Group.  In May 2014 he became Director of the UK EQUATOR Centre. Prof Altman has published over 300 articles in peer reviewed journals, including many aimed at
clarifying statistical methods and ideas for medical researchers. He is author of Practical Statistics for Medical Research (1991) and co-editor of Statistics with Confidence (1989 and 2000) and Systematic Reviews in Health Care (1995 and 2001). He is statistical advisor to the Cochrane Collaboration and the BMJ. Prof Altman has a long-standing interest in the reporting of medical research, and is an executive member of several groups working on reporting guidelines, including CONSORT for randomised trials, QUOROM / PRISMA for systematic reviews, STROBE for epidemiological studies, and REMARK for tumour marker prognostic studies.

Iveta Simera, Deputy Director UK EQUATOR Centre / Programme Manager, EQUATOR Network

Dr Simera joined the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in Oxford in 2006 to help establish the EQUATOR programme. In her current role Iveta takes a lead role in the UK EQUATOR Centre programme development focusing, in particular, on the enhancement of the Network’s online resources, education and international collaborative activities. Iveta has a PhD degree in Plant Genetics from Charles University in Prague and a degree in Business Administration from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. She has a broad research and project management experience including laboratory research, development of systematic reviews and clinical and reporting guidelines. Since moving to England in 2000, she has held various research positions at the Cochrane Collaboration, Royal College of Nursing Institute, and at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London. Iveta has a longstanding interest in improving the quality of health research studies and publications and has published numerous articles on this topic (see list of publications). She is a member of the NHS Oxford Research Ethics Committee.

Shona Kirtley, Knowledge and Information Manager | Senior Research Information Specialist

Shona joined the EQUATOR Network at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine in February 2011. Her key responsibilities include the development and maintenance of both the website and the library for health research reporting and in providing information management and literature search support for the research and educational activities of the network. Shona graduated in 1999 with an MA (Hons) in Modern History from the University of St Andrews in Scotland and in 2001 obtained an MSc in Information and Library Studies from the University of Strathclyde. Before joining EQUATOR, Shona spent 7 years as the Project Co-ordinator/Information Specialist for the NHS Evidence Women’s Health Specialist Collection based in the Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford. Shona has wide-ranging experience in the provision of evidence-based health information to a variety of different stakeholder groups and in devising and conducting comprehensive literature searches to support systematic reviews and other research studies.

Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager

Caroline joined the EQUATOR Network as Education and Training Manager in May 2014. Her responsibilities include development and delivery of an education and training programme relating to health research conduct and reporting, developing new online learning and teaching resources (toolkits), and the establishment of a network of
external training advisors and collaborators. Caroline’s previous roles have included, Information Specialist, Managing Editor, and Training Coordinator for the Cochrane Collaboration. She was also Manager of an NHS-funded public engagement project for the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group – the ALOIS Community Project – which involved developing interactive eLearning materials to explain the principles of research and research synthesis with the aim of encouraging public understanding and involvement in health research.

Angela MacCarthy, Oncology Research Fellow

fa613237-d6b4-419f-ac4d-784e4c425f3fAngela joined the EQUATOR network in 2014 having previously worked in the Childhood Cancer Research Group, University of Oxford, on the epidemiology of retinoblastoma.  Her role within the network involves a cancer-specific programme of research studies.  She will also develop an educational resource for scientists, clinicians, editors and peer reviewers, with the aim of raising the quality and value of cancer research.



UK EQUATOR Centre Fellows

Sarah (Sallie) Lamb, Co-Director, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU), University of Oxford

sallieProfessor Lamb is Co-Director of OCTRU and Kadoorie Professor of Rehabilitation, University of Oxford.  She is also Professor of Rehabilitation at the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick.

She has a long standing interest in clinical trials, medical statistics and, from a clinical perspective, rehabilitation of musculo-skeletal and chronic conditions. She works with clinicians from a variety of backgrounds to develop pragmatic clinical trial designs to capture the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a variety of health technologies. She is the Chief Investigator for a number of trials of rehabilitation interventions, and Head of the Centre for Rehabilitation Research in the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculo-skeletal Sciences at the University of Oxford. Prior to taking up the post of Co-Director of OCTRU, Professor Lamb was the Foundation Director of the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Warwick. She continues to work collaboratively with the Warwick Unit.

Professor Lamb has a particular interest in older people, and has served as a member of the American Geriatric Society/ British Geriatric Society Fall Guideline Panel, and more recently, as a member of the NICE guideline panel of hip fracture management. She collaborates with a range of US and European Investigators interested in frailty, sarcopenia and disability in older people

Gary Collins, Deputy Director, Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford, UK

Professor Gary Collins is Head of Prognosis Methodology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford, UK. His research interests are primarily focussed on aspects surrounding the development and validation multivariable prediction (prognostic) models (design, analysis and reporting). He is also interested in the conduct and reporting of studies developing and validating risk prediction models and has published extensively in this area. Gary led the development of the TRIPOD reporting guideline for clinical prediction models and is a member of the GATHER working group developing guidance for reporting global health estimates. He is also interested in the systematic appraisal of prognostic studies and is an author of the CHARMS Checklist for conducting systematic reviews of prediction modelling studies. He has more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and commentaries, including 18 in the ‘big 6 journals’ and is the first or last author of more than 50 articles.

Liz Wager, Freelance consultant and trainer, SideView

Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Wager is a freelance consultant and trainer with a special interest in medical publishing and peer review. After a degree in zoology from Oxford, she worked in the publishing and pharmaceutical industries for Blackwell Scientific, Janssen Cilag and GlaxoSmithKline before setting up her own company, Sideview, in 2001. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (2009-12) and is a member of the Ethics Committees of The BMJ and the World Association of Medical Editors. She is Visiting Professor at the University of Split School of Medicine, Croatia from where she received her PhD in 2010 on ‘Peer review and editorial processes for improving the quality of research reporting’. She has published research and commentaries on peer review and publication ethics and is a co-author of Cochrane systematic reviews on the effects of peer review and technical editing, several COPE guidelines and flowcharts, and of books on ‘Getting Research Published: An A to Z of Publication Strategy’ (2nd edition 2010) and ‘How to Survive Peer Review’ (2002).

James Harwood, Founder and Director, Penelope Research

James Harwood is an entrepreneur interested in how technology can be used to improve the quality of scientific reporting.  He became interested in scientific integrity whilst studying neuroscience at Oxford University and is now working with EQUATOR to create tools that make it easier for publishers to adopt and support best scientific reporting practices.



Michael Schlüssel, Medical Statistician, Oxford Clinical Trials Research Unit (OCTRU)

Dr Michael Maia Schlüssel’s current work is mainly focused on randomised clinical trials of non-pharmacological interventions. His background as a researcher includes collaborations with several universities and research centres, analysing data of large population-based epidemiological studies focusing mainly on the following topics: Nutritional Epidemiology; Maternal and Child Health; Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD); and Social Determinants of Chronic Diseases. Michael has also experience and is currently involved with systematic literature reviews and meta-analysis, development and evaluation of prognostic models, and methodological research to improve the quality and transparency of medical research.

EQUATOR Publications

A list of publications from the EQUATOR Network team members is available.


We gratefully acknowledge financial contributions from all of our funders and sponsors. Without their generous support we would not be able to fulfil our mission.

The main funding for the EQUATOR Network has been provided by the UK NHS National Knowledge Service, National Library for Health and National Institute for Health Research, UK Medical Research Council, Scottish Chief Scientist Office, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

We would like to thank Sir Muir Gray in particular for his continuing support of initiatives that aim to improve the quality of health care information and increase the availability of research findings presented in accurate and transparent way.

Contact the UK EQUATOR Centre

For queries relating to education and training, public involvement, or the media, please contact
Caroline Struthers
Education and Training Manager, UK EQUATOR Centre

For queries relating to The Library for health research reporting or the Database of reporting guidelines, please contact
Shona Kirtley
Knowledge and Information Manager | Senior Research Information Specialist, UK EQUATOR Centre

For queries relating to the work of the UK EQUATOR Centre Fellows, please contact
Gary Collins, gary.collins@csm.ox.ac.uk

For all other queries, please contact
Dr Iveta Simera
Deputy Director, UK EQUATOR Centre | Programme Manager, EQUATOR Network, UK EQUATOR Centre

Postal address for The EQUATOR Network and UK EQUATOR Centre
Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS)
University of Oxford
Botnar Research Centre, Windmill Road
Oxford, OX3 7LD