I messaggi di saluto degli amici stranieri

My very best wishes for a successful meeting! Cochrane Canada is working hard to remain successful with our Cochrane mission. We have just completed a mega-application for governmental funding and hope to secure long-term support for Cochrane Canada. We also held a very successful national symposium with international and national speakers on May 11 & 12 and a living systematic review workshop on May 13 & 14. We were trending on Twitter and Ethan Hawke (the actor) stumbled into our reception at the Art Gallery (not knowingly) - he was filming in Hamilton. We are looking forward to working with Cochrane Italy and the workshop we are holding on GRADE in June with Cochrane Italy. Again, enjoy and push on!

Holger Schunemann
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Medicine|Michael Gent Chair in Healthcare Research
McMaster University
Director, Cochrane Canada
Co-Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-Informed Policy Making
Director, McMaster GRADE Centre

Dear all, never for one moment forget how important is the work you are engaged in. We all have a problem. The principles of evidence based medicine are sound, but the evidence itself is deeply flawed. It is our moral duty and our shared responsibility to create better evidence for better health.  The Cochrane Collaboration is one of our key defences against poor quality and biased information reaching healthcare practice and policy. Please consider joining the work of the Evidence Manifesto (evidencelive.org). Keep your standards high, your scepticism strong, and your spirits up. Thank you for all that you do.

Fiona Godlee
Editor-in-ChiefThe BMJ

My very best wishes for an engaging and productive meeting.  Given these are very exciting times with important developments in the collaboration, I’m optimistic that the meeting will go very well.

Gordon Guyatt
Distinguished Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact
McMaster University

I think often of Alessandro, his work, and his smile. I encourage Cochrane in Italy to keep up and extend its work  of using evidence to bring some clarity to an increasingly confused world.

Richard Smith
Former The BMJ Editor-in-Chief

We are facing difficult times, with an ageing population, increasing multimorbidity and global threats to health through emerging resistance to antibiotics. Therefore the production of systematic reviews that overcome the dual problems of publication and reporting bias, and answer the questions that matter to patients, is of the utmost importance.
I want to wish you all the best in your annual Cochrane meeting and reaffirm how vital it is that we continue to develop trusted evidence synthesis based on all of the available data.

Carl Heneghan
Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine & Director CEBM
Nuffield Dept of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford
Senior Tutor, Kellogg College

I wish you all the very best, and your work gives me the optimism to keep fighting the forces that would corrupt and pervert evidence based medicine.

Vinay Prasad
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Sciences University

I would like to send my Italian friends and colleagues my best wishes. Italian Cochrane-ites have and continue to punch above their weight in promoting evidence informed decision making.

Jeremy Grimshaw
Senior Scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Full Professor, Department of Medicine
University of Ottawa

Dear colleagues, we all are in this profession with one noble aim: to alleviate the suffering of fellow human beings.This noble pursuit demands honesty and integrity, traits that are unfortunately getting rarer day by day. So the importance of Cochrane's work is more now than ever. Please remember that every conclusion you derive will affect the health and lives of thousands of patients worldwide. It is our common duty to protect our patients not only from diseases but also from agenda-based medicine disguising as evidence-based medicine.

Bishal Gyawaly
Department of Clinical Oncology and Chemotherapy,
Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine