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 research institutions, charities, and foundations willing to report their health, 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 Health, with a study on health information for laypeople (the translation of the DISCERN tool). During my PhD, I volunteered for Cochrane for four years, coordinating translations and editing plain language summaries.
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 led the Permanent History Commission of the Brazilian Society for Orthopaedics and Traumatology (SBOT), curating and preserving 100-old historical documents and writing historical books. I still keep connections with Brazil and have been worked for the Ministry of Health on plain language summaries and systematic reviews. I worked on an evidence-informed policymaking competency profile for the Brazilian Health System as well.
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 and testing tools to improve them. I am also involved in the development of reporting guidelines, such as ACCORD (ACurate Consensus Reporting Document) and AGREE-S (a tool for evaluating the completeness of reporting of clinical practice guidelines for surgical interventions) as well as TRIPOD-AI (TRIPOD-artificial intelligence).
I am also proud to be part of RROx (Reproducible Research Oxford), as one of the five UKRN Local Network Leads (LNLs). Our work in RROx is to champion and support open and transparent research practices across the university — basically promoting reproducibility in research. Which we do in part with good reporting, but also many other open science practices that I learn and teach every day.
Because yes, besides working on research (and thinking a lot about it), I teach at various courses held by the UK EQUATOR Centre, CSM, and NDORMS for the University of Oxford early career researchers 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 University Hospitals (OUH) Trust, 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.
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Collins GS. et al, (2023), J clin epidemiol, 165
Logullo P. et al, (2023), Bmj evid based med
An evidence-informed policymaking (EIPM) competency profile for the Brazilian Health System developed through consensus: process and outcomes
Barreto JOM. et al, (2023), Health research policy and systems
The uptake of the core outcome set for non-specific low back pain clinical trials is poor: a meta-epidemiological study of trial registrations
Innocenti T. et al, (2023), Journal of pain