This is the unofficial website for work at Lancaster University, investigating how systematic review methods can help scientists and policy-makers make best use of the best evidence in assessing and managing health risks posed by chemicals.
The site is maintained by Paul Whaley, a research consultant, Associate Editor for Systematic Reviews at Environment International, and part-time PhD student at Lancaster Environment Centre who may one day finish his studies.
New. PFS Literature Review Appraisal Toolkit (June 25, 2014). Aiding the critical appraisal of literature reviews.
Report: EFSA Draft 2014 Opinion on BPA: A Critical Appraisal. (April 22, 2014). We identify major methodological obstacles to accepting that EFSA’s draft 2014 Opinion on BPA is a valid, maximally-useful synthesis of the evidence of BPA’s toxicity.
Report: Systematic Review and the future of evidence in chemicals policy (Nov 2013). Outlining how techniques from EBM may be applied to chemical safety assessment.
Association or causation in miasmas and mixtures
Last week saw the Royal Society of Medicine host a conference, “Associatio…
Work with us: fully-funded PhD starting January 2017
3 Year, funded PhD Evidence synthesis methods for 21st-century chemical risk ass…
Ioannidis: “We have an epidemic of deeply flawed meta-analyses”
From RetractionWatch: John Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford University and one…
Our response to HSE consultation on proposed EU EDC Criteria
We have responded to a consultation by the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE)…
New standards for systematic reviews published by Environment International
As part of its strategy to become a leading publisher of evidence syntheses and…
New publication: SYRINA toolkit reduces ambiguity in interpreting evidence of endocri…
We are contributing authors to a new publication which, we hope, presents a cohe…
Open letter to EU Commission about proposed EDC Criteria
We are among a group of scientists investigating how to make best use of the bes…