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Evidence Synthesis Research Network

This network brings together more than 190 health researchers, guideline developers and policy makers from across Greater Manchester and the North West with an interest in evidence synthesis.

The topics discussed in the network encompass a diverse range of evidence from health and social sciences and are not restricted to systematic reviews of effectiveness of interventions.

There are opportunities to discuss different approaches to evidence synthesis and the challenges involved in reviewing such diverse sources of evidence.


The Network is run in association with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Staff at the University of Manchester who are heavily involved in evidence synthesis, including Cochrane reviews, work with staff from NICE to develop workshops and activities for the network. 

Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), a partnership between the University of Manchester and six leading NHS organisations, signed a memorandum of understanding with NICE in 2011.  This network is one of the initiatives supporting this memorandum of understanding.

Co-leads for the network


The network holds regular workshops and discussion meetings and has an email list for news and discussion.  If you have a suggestion for a workshop please get in touch with a member of the committee.