March 2020
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***Speakers announced***
The COMET Initiative will hold its eighth meeting in Liverpool on 8th to 9th October 2020. Planning is now underway and we are preparing an exciting programme. This will bring together individuals interested in the development and application of core outcome sets in many different areas of health care.
Hywel Williams, Professor of Dermato-Epidemiology & Co-Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham

Hywel became Director of the NIHR Health Technology Assessment Programme in 2016. He chaired the HTA commissioning board from 2010-15. Hywel cares passionately about research that is directly relevant to the NHS and is a champion of public and patient involvement in research. His research interests include randomised clinical trials and systematic reviews of interventions to prevent and treat skin diseases. Over the last 10 years, he led the development of a core outcome set for eczema with Jochen Schmitt. Hywel co-directs the Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology at the University of Nottingham and is consultant paediatric dermatologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. Hywel is an NIHR senior investigator and fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Eleanor M. Perfetto, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Eleanor M. Perfetto was named Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for the National Health Council (NHC) in July of 2015 and was promoted to Executive Vice President in January 2019. She also holds a part-time faculty appointment at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Pharmacy where she is Professor of Pharmaceutical Health Service Research. Her research and policy work primarily focus on patient engagement in comparative effectiveness and patient centered-outcomes research, medical product development; patient-reported outcome selection and development; and health care quality. Dr. Perfetto holds BS and MS degrees in pharmacy from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health with concentrations in health policy and epidemiology.
Director of Chinese research center of core outcome sets (ChiCOS), Director of Evidence-based medicine center at Tianjin University of traditional Chinese medicine

Dr. Zhang has engaged in the field of Evidence-based Chinese Medicine for about 15 years and participated in more than 10 multicenter clinical trials. He has established a special evidence database of TCM (EVDS), which covered 80000 clinical randomized controlled trials with structured data. He also established the safety monitoring platform of traditional Chinese medicine injection (ADRs) based on active reports in line with the concept of life cycle safety monitoring. From 2012, following COMET, Dr. Zhang has started his research on COS for TCM. In 2014, he got a project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation. In 2018, the first doctoral student graduated from his department. In 2019, TUTCM and Cochrane China jointly established ChiCOS, which aimed to promote the development of COS in China. He has published more than 100 papers and has won two National Science and technology awards.
There is no registration fee for the meeting. Delegates will be responsible for the costs of their own travel and accommodation. Visit the website now to find out more information about registering and submitting an abstract.
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PhD opportunity

Core outcome sets through the healthcare ecosystem to inform value-based commissioning

We are excited to be offering the opportunity of a fully funded PhD project relating to the implementation of core outcome sets through the healthcare ecosystem to inform value-based commissioning.

The aim of this research is to determine whether it is possible to obtain a single set of core outcomes relevant to decision making in a particular condition, to inform both routine care and research design, which would then flow through to inform clinical guidelines, healthcare commissioning, audit quality statements and quality indicators.
Further information about the project, and how to apply, can be found here.
Request to observe a consensus meeting
If you are running a COS consensus meeting in the next few months and are happy to have one or two observers at your meeting, can you please let us know.

Many thanks in advance.
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