Dr. O’Connor is an epidemiologist who works in the area of research synthesis. Dr O’Connor (with colleagues) has been instrumental in introducing the use of systematic review methods into livestock diseases, food-borne pathogens of animal proteins and veterinary public health. Dr. O’Connor was been funded for this work by groups such as USDA, the National Pork Board and the European Union Food Safety Authority. Topics evaluated include pre-harvest food safety interventions, post harvest interventions, zoonotic pathogens, diagnostic tests for assessment of unconsciousness and detection of zoonotic pathogens in pets and the impact of proximity to confined animal operations on community public health. Dr. O’Connor is a principle author on the REFLECT statement (a statement like the CONSORT statement, but specifically relating to livestock trials). Dr. O’Connor is currently involved in developing a modification of the STROBE statement for animal populations. Many of the research synthesis techniques developed in human health are readily translatable to animal populations, and vice versa. The major issue between the two populations is the extent of clustering in the primary research in animals populations, which often exceeds that encountered in clinical medicine, and is more reminiscent of the clustering encountered in education research or public health.
Julie Glanville (Associate Director, York Health Economics Consortium) is an information specialist by background and has been working in the field of systematic reviews for more than twenty years. She manages systematic reviews, indirect and mixed treatment comparisons and searching projects on behalf of YHEC. Julie has managed systematic review projects for many pharmaceutical and food clients, device manufacturers and public sector bodies. Julie is a co-author of the searching chapter of the Cochrane Handbook, has written searching guidance for the European Food Safety Agency and has written widely on searching issues. She is also an active trainer in many aspects of evidence identification for systematic reviews.
Dr. Jan Sargeant is a veterinary epidemiologist with over 10 years’ experience in conducting systematic reviews. She has conducted reviews in pre-harvest food safety and animal health, published articles related to systematic review methods, and conducted numerous workshops on systematic reviews and meta-analysis. She also teaches a graduate-level course in systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Jan is interested in reporting of research results and is a principal of the REFLECT statement for reporting of randomized controlled trials in livestock and food safety (with Annette O’Connor). She is co-leading (with Annette O’Connor) an initiative to develop reporting guidelines for observational studies (STROBE-Vet).