Seminar Series: Janet Martin, PharmD, MSc (HTA)

Delivering Just in Time Evidence During Pandemics and Epidemics through Large-Scale Iterative Global Research for Surgery & Perioperative Care

Janet Martin

Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine,
Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Western University


Short Biography:

Dr. Janet Martin is Associate Professor of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and Director of the Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity & Clinical Impact (MEDICI) at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, Canada. Dr. Martin is a clinical epidemiologist and researcher with expertise in global health policy, evidence-based medicine, research methodology, and knowledge translation. She is a formal collaborator with the World Health Organization (WHO) for global surgery and perioperative care, and Canadian Lead and Board Member of the NIHR Global Surgery Unit (GlobalSurg Collaborative, COVIDSurg Collaborative). Dr. Martin has received the Schulich Distinguished Leader Award of Excellence in Graduate/Postgraduate Education for her innovative training programs in clinical epidemiology and knowledge translation, and the 30th Anniversary HTA Medal by the Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health for her leadership in health technology assessment and implementation locally and globally.


What can be done when we have little evidence, but need evidence-based guidance for practice during the early stages of a pandemic? Given the need for evidence to inform practice during times of great uncertainty, the COVIDSurg Collaborative was created, involving more than 124 countries worldwide, to develop and implement studies throughout each era of the pandemic. Using this large-scale approach, we were able to inform aspects of care within short timelines, including: who is at risk, what is the magnitude of risk, and what can be done to reduce this risk for patients undergoing surgery or awaiting surgery? This presentation will describe the need for large-scale, globally networked responsive research to deliver “just in time” evidence that is valid, pragmatic, and relevant to clinical practice and policy decision-making.


Date: Friday, October 20th
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: PHFM 3015 (Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine)