Deadline for submissions is 25th September 2015!

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

We are happy to announce the establishment of Cochrane Russia as a branch of the Nordic Cochrane Centre with Co-ordinating hub at the Kazan Federal University, which has been approved last week by the Cochrane Central Executive!

The International Conference “Evidence-Based Medicine: achievements and barriers” will become an official launch of Cochrane Russia with detailed discussions of Cochrane Russia strategic development, development of strong network of Cochrane contributors/satellites all over the vast territory of the Russian Federation and Russian speaking countries.

This will be the first Cochrane event in Russia in history (!) and the third conference in Kazan that is totally independent of the pharmaceutical industry or other health technology manufactures.

At the conference we will discuss the most important issues of evidence-based approaches in health care delivery, health policy such as clinical guidelines, and how they are influenced by misleading health information; Cochrane evidence to inform decision-making; regulation and use of medicines; and conflicts of interest. All of these issues directly depend on rigorous evidence as the scientific basis of medicines' value to public health as well as the dissemination of Cochrane evidence to the health community and general public.

 Among the priority problems are the following:

- national clinical guidelines development and misleading health information;

- the role of Cochrane evidence to inform decision-making;

- conflicts of interest and their impact on public health and pharmaceutical management.

These were identified by the leadership of the Russian Federation – President V.V. Putin and Prime-minister D.A. Medvedev as the priority issues for change.

The scientific program will include plenary sessions of invited speakers including international leaders in evidence-based medicine and the Cochrane network, representatives of the World Health Organization, International Society of Independent Drug Bulletins, and the leading Russian scientists in the field.

The International Organizing Committee warmly invites you to take part in the Conference.

CME credits will be confirmed further.

The conference will be followed by a 1-day introductory workshop on systematic reviews for a group of 25 early and mid-career researchers (with good English proficiency).

On-line registration for the conference is at:

On-line registration for the 1-day workshop is at:

Workshop participants are kindly invited to submit a short CV and a letter of motivation to be able to go through the selection procedure.

The Organizing Committee invites you to submit your materials for the Conference Proceedings, which will be published in the Special Issue of the International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine.

The submission requirements can be found at the Conference website:

Deadline for submissions has been extended up to 25th September 2015!

Hotel information will be sent in future email messages.

We will be happy to welcome you to the ancient Kazan –

– the third capital of Russian Federation –

– the unique place where East and West come together –

– for Health, Culture and Cochrane wisdom!


The Cochrane working group,

the Kazan Federal University,

A.E. Arbuzov Institute of Organic and Physical Chemistry, Kazan Scientific Center, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russian Science Foundation

the Kazan State Medical University,

the Kazan National Research Technological University

the Tatarstan Academy of Sciences

the All-Russian Association of Clinical Pharmacologists

the All-Russian Society of Organization of Health-care, Public Health

the Association of Medical Societies for Quality International Association of Clinical Pharmacologists and Pharmacists

Eurasian Academy of Medical Sciences

Russian Scientific Society of Pharmacologists


Organizing Committee:

Russian Federation

420008, Kazan,

Kremlevskaya street, 18,

Kazan Federal University

Department of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology

Сochrane Russia

Russian Branch of the Nordic Cochrane Centre

Tel: +7 8432 93 17 58; +7 8432 93 17 68