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Holger Schunemann

McMaster University, Canada

Prof. Schünemann is chair of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, widely considered the birthplace of evidence-based medicine and problem-based learning. He received his MD degree (1993) and a “doctor medicinae” degree for his work in physiology (1994) from the Medical School of Hannover where he then completed an internship in internal and respiratory medicine. He studied epidemiology and biostatistics during his postdoctoral fellowship (M.Sc. in Epidemiology, 1997) and then conducted population-based studies on the association between oxidative stress, micronutrients and respiratory health leading to a Ph.D. degree (Epidemiology and Community Medicine, 2000). He also completed training in internal medicine and preventive medicine at UB New York, where he joined the faculty in 2000.

Since 2009 he is at McMaster University as full-time Professor and Chair of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a department founded by Prof. David Sackett some 40 years earlier. In his second term as chair he is leading the strategic plan to refocus the department into the Department of Health, Evidence of Impact (HEI), a first of its kind. His scientific work focuses on evidence synthesis, quality of life research and the presentation and development of health care recommendations spanning clinical medicine to public health. He has played a leading role in reshaping practice guideline development methodology as a key contributor to the revised methods for WHO guideline development in 2006 and the Institute of Medicine statement on trustworthy guidelines in 2011. He has been advisor to ministries of health, other governmental organizations and professional societies for their guideline programs. He is co-chair of the GRADE working group (www.gradeworkinggroup.org), for which he coined the name and has had major responsibility for disseminating its spirit of collaboration, openness and advancement of evidence assessment and the creation of better health care recommendations.

He has authored or co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed publications, has been named by Thomson Reuters as one of the most influential 3,000 scientific minds of current times across scientific disciplines (from Agriculture to Zoology) in 2015 & 2016 and has an h-index of 104/73 (google scholar/web of science). His work also focuses on practical application of science by researchers and clinicians through inventing tools like the GRADEpro guideline development tool (www.gradepro.org) and pioneering the use of GRADE evidence to decision tables, now reworked as GRADE evidence to decision frameworks (www.decide-collaboration.eu). With his colleagues he has recently created a “go to” crowdsourcing portal for developers of health care recommendations in collaboration with the Guideline International Network (cebgrade.mcmaster.ca/guidecheck.html). He is also director of Cochrane Canada, a member of the Guidelines International Network Board of Trustees, the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) at the World Health Organization (WHO), co-director of the McMaster University WHO collaborating center for evidence informed policy-making and director of the McMaster GRADE center. As editor in Chief, he leads the journal Health and Quality of Life Outcomes. Maintaining an active clinical practice fulfills his passion for patient care and ensures his research is people-oriented. In his private life, he has planned to ride the course of a Tour de France, trains vigorously and has partially achieved this goal (with one of his two daughters).


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