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Mastering Biomedical Systematic Literature Reviews

Methodologies, Challenges, and Tools

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Synthesizing evidence is an essential part of scientific progress. Systematic reviews help synthesize available evidence for clinical practice and decision-making by analyzing multiple studies. Comprehensive evidence searches are necessary to draw accurate conclusions about the effectiveness, efficacy, or validity of interventions or treatments. This, in turn, assists biomedical professionals in applying current research to healthcare outcomes.

The primary objective of this webinar is to emphasize the importance of systematic reviews in research. It aims to educate participants on best practices and methodologies, address common challenges faced by researchers, and offer practical advice for conducting systematic reviews efficiently. A live demonstration of Embase with biomedical use cases will showcase its pivotal role in systematic reviews.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Increased awareness of the value and impact of systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

  • Enhanced understanding of systematic review methodologies.

  • Improved publication and research output quality.

  • Practical skills in addressing common challenges and improving the efficiency of systematic reviews.

  • Familiarity with Embase as a critical tool for conducting systematic reviews.

  • Date: 18th July 2024 (Thursday)

  • Time: 11:00 - 13:00 IST | 13:30 - 15:30 SGT | 14:30 - 16:30 KST / JST

Join (l-r) Dr. Albina A. Nair, Dr. Shimaa Heikal and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Del Rio on 18th July.


  • Welcome and Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Understanding Systematic Reviews (15 minutes) An Editor’s Prospective on the typology and scope of secondary research Importance of systematic reviews in research and evidence-based medicine

  • Challenges in Systematic Reviews (10 minutes) Common issues and poor quality in systematic reviews Implications for authors and researchers

  • Best Practices for Conducting Systematic Reviews (15 minutes) Formulating a research question and search strategy Developing search terms using the PICO framework Inclusion of grey literature in systematic reviews

  • Utilization of Databases in Systematic Reviews (15 minutes) Importance of using specialized databases Database comparison Benefits of full-text indexing and Emtree taxonomy in Embase

  • Live Demonstration: Systematic Searching with Embase (20 minutes) Using Emtree structure and synonyms for effective searching. Applying filters and search strategies Using the PICO framework for complex queries Exporting and analyzing search results

  • Case Studies and Practical Applications (15 minutes) Real-world examples of systematic reviews using Embase PubMed query translation into Embase for validation Utilizing Embiology for disease biology literature and concept relation search

  • Q&A Session (15 minutes)

  • Wrap-Up (10 minutes) Summary of key takeaways

  • Closing Remarks (5 minutes)


Dr. Albina A. Nair

Dr. Albina A. Nair holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and is working as a Scientist in the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. With over a decade of being associated with the Indian Journal of Medical Research, she is presently serving as the Executive Editor of this journal. She is also a member of the World Association of Medical Editors and is actively working towards strategies to enhance the visibility and global footprint of Indian journals.

Dr. Shimaa Heikal

Shimaa Heikal is the life sciences subject matter expert at Elsevier, supporting the growing base of customers in the life sciences fields including medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, and biology using Reaxys and Embase. In her current role, she has worked on retaining, developing, and expanding current Elsevier partnerships, enhancing partnerships’ value, and ensuring smooth subscriptions through holding capacity-building programs on solutions and researchers' skills. Shimaa has lectured at more than 250 workshops and seminars on research tools, writing, publishing, and ethics in partnership with universities, governmental institutions, and research societies. Shimaa has a strong academic background; she holds a Bachelor’s in Pharmacy, two Masters in Biotechnology and in Public Health. She is currently a candidate for a Ph.D. in Global Health at the American University in Cairo, working on developing new strategies for Dementia management as well as discovering new diagnostic tools.

Dr. Carlos Rodriguez Del Rio

Carlos holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry and, after years of research, joined Elsevier. Currently, he is the product manager of Embase, the world's most comprehensive biomedical literature search solution. Before moving to the Embase product manager role, he worked as a customer consultant. He is passionate about customer experience and is always determined to bring new features into the Embase platform to make biomedical searches effortless for every user. He is also involved in many projects for improving the solution to transform it into the most effective