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International Conference “Evidence-Based Medicine: Achievements and Barriers” (QiQUM 2015) 7-8 December 2015

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Cochrane working group, the Kazan Federal University and Kazan State Medical University jointly with the All-Russian Association of Clinical Pharmacologists, the All-Russian Society of Organization of Health-care, Public Health and the Association of Medical Societies for Quality and Russian Scientific Society of Pharmacologists are organising an International Conference “Evidence-Based Medicine: achievements and barriers”, hopefully timed with the establishment of a branch of the Nordic Cochrane Centre; Cochrane Russia.

At the conference we will discuss the most important issues of evidence-based approaches in health care delivery, health policy, such as clinical guidelines and how they are influenced by misleading health information; Cochrane evidence to inform decision-making; regulation and use of medicines; and conflicts of interest. All of these issues directly depend on rigorous evidence as the scientific basis of medicines’ value to public health as well as the dissemination of Cochrane evidence to the health community and general public.

Among the priority problems are the following:

  • national clinical guidelines development and misleading health information;

  • the role of Cochrane evidence to inform decision-making;

  • conflicts of interest and their impact on public health and pharmaceutical management.

These were identified by the leadership of the Russian Federation – President V.V. Putin and Prime-minister D.A. Medvedev – as the priority issues for change.

The scientific program will include plenary sessions of invited speakers including international leaders in evidence-based medicine and the Cochrane network, representatives of the International Society of Independent Drug Bulletins, the French drug bulletin ‘Prescrire’, the World Health Organisation, and the leading Russian scientists in the field.

The International Organizing Committee warmly invites you to take part in the Conference.

CME credits will be confirmed further.

The conference will be followed by a 1-day introductory workshop on systematic reviews for a group of 25 early and mid-career researchers (with good English proficiency).

On-line registration for the conference is at:

On-line registration for the 1-day workshop is at:

Workshop participants are kindly invited to submit a short CV and a letter of motivation to be able to go through the selection procedure.

The Organizing Committee invites you to submit your materials for the Conference Proceedings, which will be published in the Special Issue of the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine.

The submission requirements can be found at the Conference website:

Deadline for submissions is 15th September 2015.

Hotel information will be sent in future email messages.

We will be happy to welcome you to ancient Kazan

the third capital of Russian Federation –

the unique place where East and West come together –

for Health, Culture and Cochrane wisdom!


Organizing Committee: Department of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, Kazan Federal University, Kremlevskayastreet 18, 420008, Kazan, Russian Federation, (Affiliated Centre in Tatarstan of the Nordic Cochrane Centre.)

Tel.: +7 8432 93 17 58; +7 8432 93 17 68

E-mail: (L.E. Ziganshina) ; (E.V. Yudina)