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The EQUATOR Network Education and Training Manager, Caroline Struthers received the Cochrane-REWARD Prize from the hands of Sir Iain Chalmers during the gala dinner of the Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh, this Monday 17 September.

Caroline struthers receives equator award
Caroline Struthers receives the Cochrane-REWARD Prize from Sir Iain Chalmers (left)

The prize was created to recognise good local or pilot initiatives to reduce waste in health research, either in question selection, study design, research conduct, publication, or reporting.

Caroline was rewarded for her work in developing GoodReports.org, an easy-to-use free wizard which guides researchers in finding the correct reporting guidelines for their studies and improves accessibility to these guidelines. She was also commended for her collaboration with Penelope.ai, testing this tool in a journal submission workflow. 

Whilst happy for the recognition of the initiative, during the event Caroline and many others missed Douglas Altman, the EQUATOR Network founder and leader, who passed away recently. “As you can imagine, Doug Altman was extremely helpful and supportive to me and James Harwood as we were developing the GoodReports online tool, as were all of the UK EQUATOR Centre team. I hope we can do him proud and scale up GoodReports so that all health researchers will be able to find and use reporting guidelines more easily to help reduce the waste in research caused by poor reporting”, she said.

“This award is not only great recognition of the fantastic work Caroline and James have done to help researchers find relevant reporting guidelines, but it also showcases initiatives within the UK EQUATOR Centre to improve the reporting of biomedical research”, said Professor Gary Collins, Director of the UK EQUATOR Centre.

The EQUATOR Network was established in 2006 by Doug Altman and colleagues to help coordinate the efforts to improve the quality and reporting of health research. The Network brings together tools and resources to facilitate good reporting in one place, including a comprehensive database of reporting guidelines for all types of health research. Its aim is to improve healthcare through excellent research.

You can read the full article here.