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London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars


The EPPI Centre at UCL and The Centre for Evaluation at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) are joining efforts to revive the ‘London Systematic Reviews and Research Use Seminars’. 

The series been renamed the ‘London Evidence Syntheses and Research Use Seminars’ to reflect the wide range of types of evidence syntheses that are conducted. These seminars aim to encourage discussion and information-sharing on challenges and innovations in evidence syntheses methods and the study of evidence use.

The seminars will continue to be hosted in London but they will now be offered in a hybrid format to increase accessibility and reach. 

Seminars will take place every other month on a Wednesday between 12.30 and 13.45. They include 25-30 min presentations and plenty of time for discussion.

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Next event:


  • Date and time: Wednesday May 24th, 2023, 12:30 - 13:45 (BST / GMT+1)
  • Location: IOE, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL


About: The field of the Commercial Determinants of Health (CDOH) is growing rapidly, as evidenced by a new WHO programme on CDOH and increased researcher and funder interest. Evidence synthesis will be a crucial tool in the evolution of CDOH. While CDOH reviews can draw on existing methodological guidance, there are areas where the methods will differ, and there is no overarching guidance on the conduct of CDOH-focussed systematic reviews, nor on the specific methodological and conceptual challenges.

This presentation will highlight the special methodological and other considerations for CDOH reviews, including equity considerations, and provide pointers to areas for future methodological and guideline development.

When we consider the development of evidence-informed practice we often focus on individual actors – e.g. practitioners, policy makers – rather than the system as a whole. In this seminar we will take a wider perspective to consider the overall systems in which evidence is produced, mobilised and used. Research use emerges as a myriad of interconnected ‘moving parts’ that need to function optimally and be aligned. Weakness in any area of the system, or interactions between different actors and activities across the system, can potentially impede research use. It is as strong as its weakest link. We will explore the implications for different sectors and how to build vibrant and lasting research use systems.


Bio: Mark Petticrew is Professor of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He is Director of the NIHR Public Health Policy Research Unit.

His main research interests are in evidence-based policymaking. His work also has a focus on the commercial determinants of health – in particular, the influence of unhealthy commodity industries on health (e.g. through the promotion of tobacco, alcohol, and unhealthy foods, and gambling). Recent research includes analyses of misinformation disseminated by alcohol industry corporate social responsibility (CSR) bodies such as Drinkaware and Drinkwise.

He is also a collaborator in the SPECTRUM Consortium (See: This consortium investigates the commercial determinants of health and health inequalities, focusing mainly on tobacco and alcohol but extending to unhealthy food (e.g. high in fat, salt and sugar) and gambling.


Directions for those of you joining in person: This seminar is being held at UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way. To find the room, use the entrance on Bedford Way as the Woburn Square entrance is closed. Go straight ahead, past a micro cafe on your right and down a small staircase. Then take the corridor immediately on the right (you will see signs for the library). You will find C3.09 on your right. Please check with security staff if you require any help.

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