18–20 January 2024
Prof. Georgia Salanti
Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern, Switzerland
Dr. Guido Schwarzer
Institute of Medical Biometry and Statistics, University of Freiburg, Germany
CH – 3823 Wengen | Bühlstube
Standard meta-analysis methods for clinical and epidemiological studies are widely used. They compare two interventions, such as drug versus placebo or new interventions with standard practices. However, contemporary research questions require methods beyond the state-of-art. Investigators often synthesize data potentially subject to small-study effects/publication bias, analyse several health outcomes jointly, or compare more than two interventions for the same condition. Meta-analysis method extensions addressing these aims are subjects of much recent methodological research and increasingly applied.
Our course explains the theory and application of meta-regression models, methods to investigate risk of publication bias, multivariate meta-analysis, dose-response meta-analysis, and network meta-analysis. It is intended for statisticians, epidemiologists, and other quantitatively-minded researchers who want to understand and undertake beyond-the-standard syntheses of evidence. Participants must be statistically literate with good understandings of linear regression, meta-analysis, and random-effects models. Computer practical sessions use R packages and require basic R software experience. The free online CINeMA software will also be used. Knowledge of systematic reviews and fundamentals of meta-analysis are also expected.
By the end of our course, participants will:
- know principles, steps, and statistical methods involved in meta-regression, multivariate meta-analysis, dose-response meta-analysis, and network meta-analysis
- describe potential and limitations of methods to detect and account for small-study effects
- perform the above-mentioned methods using R packages
Researchers in health sciences with some experience or understanding of the basics of meta-analysis who wish to expand their knowledge and skills within the context of clinical effectiveness evaluation.
The course runs over three days and consists of lectures, group work, and computer practical sessions. We start early in the morning by reviewing the previous day. During extended afternoon breaks, participants review course materials, catch up on email, or ski. We reconvene at 4:30 pm for computer practical sessions.
Thursday, 18 January 8:15 am – 12:15 pm | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, 19 January 8:15 am – 12:15 pm | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Saturday, 20 January 8:15 am – 12:15 pm | 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
- Meta-analysis of pairwise comparisons; methods to estimate heterogeneity and summary effects
- Meta-regression models
- Methods to investigate the potential influence of publication bias
- Multivariate meta-analysis
- Dose-response meta-analysis
- Indirect and mixed treatment comparisons
- Network meta-analysis
- Evaluating the confidence in network meta-analyses
Bring a portable computer with the latest versions of R and R studio installed.
We strongly recommend only bringing computers you have administration rights for to the course.
On the first day of the course, we provide
Meta-Analysis with R. (2015) by G. Schwarzer, J.R. Carpenter, and G. Rücker.
Systematic Reviews in Health Research: Meta-Analysis in Context (2022) by M.Egger, J.Higgins, and G. Davey Smith.
PhD Bern: CHF 650
PhD other: CHF 850
Academic: CHF 1050
Industry: CHF 2050
- There will be a pre-registration window from 24 August to 04 September 2023.
- Within 10 days after this preliminary registration, we will let you know whether a place is available for you for the course you choose.
Book your accommodation separately. Please see recommendations for special prices.