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Patricia Logullo

BC, MsC, PhD


EQUATOR Postdoctoral Meta-Researcher

I am a science communicator and a meta-researcher. I investigate solutions to help researchers and organisations communicate their findings completely, precisely and clearly for every audience, with my current research focusing on reporting quality.

I have been involved with communicating research outputs since I began my career in the 90s: first as a scientific journalist, then as a medical writer and a consultant for charities, foundations and research institutions willing to report their social and economics and administration projects results.

My academic background allowed me to gather some varied experiences: I graduated in Journalism, followed by a specialisation in Scientific Journalism. After that, I felt I needed to understand scientific methods and rationale more deeply, so I obtained a master’s degree in Health Sciences, in a Medical School, with a case-control study on vaccination adherence. Years later, I got my PhD in Evidence-Based Medicine, with a study on health information for laypeople (the translation of the DISCERN tool).

Meanwhile, I led my consultancy firm in text-editing, books production and medical writing, working for individual researchers or research teams in public, private, large and small academic and professional associations. I helped them to publish their research reports, books, conference presentations. I also volunteered for Cochrane for four years coordinating translations and producing plain language summaries.

During this journey, I got in touch with the EQUATOR Network. This international initiative seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. I became a fan of their work and was immensely happy to join the team in 2018 and move with my family from Brazil, where I was born and lived, to Oxford.

At the UK EQUATOR Centre, in Centre of Statistics in Medicine (CSM), I participate in several research projects at the same time, collaborating with design, data collection and interpretation. These projects work on evaluating the quality of reporting of biomedical research and creating tools to improve them. I am also conducting the update of STROBE (Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology), one of the most used reporting guidelines available.

Besides working on research, I teach at various courses held by the UK EQUATOR Centre for the University of Oxford and international students. The training is aimed at researchers and clinicians willing to improve their skills in communicating their studies methods and results. The flagship of these courses is the UK EQUATOR Centre Publication School, running a few times per year. We also produce shorter and bespoke training for the whole Medical Sciences Division, Oxford Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS) and other partner institutions and conferences.

I hope that my work contributes to improving the quality of overall research reporting in health, both by meta-analysing it and helping researchers increase their awareness about reporting quality and skills.

 

My ORCID register: 0000-0001-8708-7003

I speak Portuguese and English fluently.

I understand French, Spanish and Italian.

Twitter: @patlogullo