Meet the Senior Editors

Bernd Richter is the interim 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.

Peter Tugwell is the Senior Editor of the Long-Term Conditions and Ageing 2 Network. Peter is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the School of Epidemiology & Public Health at the University of Ottawa, and has a rheumatology practice in the Division of Rheumatology at the Ottawa Hospital. He was Chair of the McMaster Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics 1979-89 and Chair of the University of Ottawa Department of Medicine 1991-2001. He holds a Canada Research Chair and is Senior Scientist in the Clinical Epidemiology Program at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and is a Scientist at the Bruyere Research Institute. He currently holds two Canadian Institute of Health Research grants: one that looks at stakeholder engagement in clinical guidelines, and another that examines the criteria for scientific replication of systematic reviews.

Peter has been involved with Cochrane’s work since its inception; he is taking a leave of absence from being Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Musculoskeletal to take on the role of Senior Editor of the Long-Term Conditions and Ageing 2 Network.