CBRG Leadership Transition

We would like to inform you that Dr. Andrea Furlan has taken on the role of joint Coordinating Editor for the Back Group. She will lead the group alongside Maurits van Tulder, PhD. Andrea has been a member of the Cochrane Back Review Group (CBRG) Editorial Board since 2007 and is lead and co-author of several Cochrane reviews. Her work includes methodological research on (systematic reviews of) observational studies, which was the focus of her PhD.

Andrea is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), where the CBRG editorial office is housed. In addition to her role at the IWH, Andrea is a physician at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Physiatry at the University of Toronto. She completed her residency in physiatry at the University of São Paulo in Brazil and obtained her PhD in clinical epidemiology from the University of Toronto.

After 15 years in the role of Co-ordinating Editor, our Co-founder, Dr. Claire Bombardier will be stepping down. Along with Dr. Alf Nachemson, Claire Bombardier was instrumental in securing the start-up funding for the Back Review Group in 1995 from the Swedish Council of Technology Assessment in Health Care. She has been co-editor of the group since that time. Claire will continue to hold a place on the Editorial Board in the role of Founding Editor Emeritus.

Claire’s vision has culminated in a great deal of success for our group, from the publication of our first systematic review in 1997 to our current collection of 64 reviews. Not only has Claire shaped the content and scope of our work, but she has made key methodological contributions to the field, including her work on core outcomes for low back pain trials.

CBRG Editorial Team