Systematic reviews of animal studies

Animation 'Systematic reviews' of SYstematic Review Center for Laboratory animal Experimentation
You will practice the most important steps of a systematic review and learn about the advantages as well as the limitations of this methodology

Before you start a new animal experiment, a thorough analysis of previously performed experiments is essential from a scientific as well as from an ethical point of view. The method that is most suitable for carrying out such a thorough analysis of the literature is a systematic review.

In this course preclinical animal research is used as an example. The principles of the synthesis of evidence methodology used in the course can also be applied to other kinds of (animal) research.

Suitable for: 
Researchers, PhD Students, Postdocs, Bachelor's and Master's students
Start date(s): 
On demand
Time investment: 
2 half-days, 09:00 - 13:00 (2 and 3 February)
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Partner organisation: 
Utrecht working group for animal-free innovations, ZonMw and SYRCLE-initiative
Extra information: 
  • Participants receive a certificate (comprising of 7 PE-points) after completion of the course.
  • For more information about the partners ZonMw and SYRCLE-initiative click here.

Course content

This course includes a general introduction to systematic reviews, supported by the experiences from experts. Steps in a systematic review:

  • Review question
  • Comprehensive search
  • Study selection
  • Study characteristics
  • Quality assessment
  • Meta-analysis
  • Wrap-up

You will learn more about the steps that are taken to write a systematic review, and how to apply them.

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dr. Rob de Vries MA, Radboud UMC
M.Sc. in Biology and M.A. in Philosophy (cum laude)
Ph.D. in the ethics of animal experimentation
Postdoc ethical aspects of tissue engineering

Julia Menon MSc, Radboud UMC
Medical Biology (cum laude)

Dare to develop - Professional education Veterinary Medicine