New Senior Editor - Bernd Richter

Bernd Richter is the interm Senior Editor for the Long-term Conditions and Ageing Network 1. Bernd started his medical career as the head of human pharmacology (phase 1 studies) of a multinational pharmaceutical company. Thereafter, he became a clinician working in several departments of the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany for more than 30 years. He specialised in Clinical Pharmacology and was later appointed a professor for Clinical Epidemiology. He has a long-standing commitment to the establishment and development of evidence-based medicine, was co-founder of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine and got involved in many national and international practice guideline projects. For more than a decade he is an external consultant for the German Institute of Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) and contributed to numerous health-technology assessment reports.

Bernd has been active in Cochrane since 1994 supporting the former Diabetes Group. In early 2000 he assumed responsibility for this group and expanded its scope to that of the new Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders Group. He has experience in engaging with various stakeholders like the James Lind Alliance and WHO. Bernd is intrigued by continuously improving systematic reviews’ methodology in all areas of aetiological, diagnostic, prognostic and interventional research. He is convinced that Cochrane has to take lead in better evidence synthesis by upgrading its efforts to faster and more efficient editorial procedures, better focus on patient-important outcome measures and innovative ways of updating Cochrane reviews. He is confident that new information management approaches and state-of-the art systematic review tools are key to high-quality and time-efficient Cochrane reviews. Bernd also wants to assure that prioritisation endeavours wholeheartedly consider issues of low- and middle-income countries.

Bernd will be working with Peter Tugwell, Senior Editor of the Long-Term Conditions and Ageing 2 Network.