Bristol Appraisal and Review of Research Group

The Bristol Appraisal and Review of Research (BARR) group at the School of Social and Community Medicine was formed in 2016. We have an interest in the methodology and application of research synthesis methods such as systematic reviews, meta-analysis and critical assessment of research evidence. We have strong links with Cochrane and connections with Campbell Collaboration and the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence.

BARR is a constituent unit of the Centre for Research Synthesis and Decision Analysis (CReSyDA), and sits alongside the Multi-Parameter Evidence Synthesis (MPES) research group and Health Economics at the University of Bristol (HEB).

BARR runs a monthly Methods in Evidence Synthesis Salon (the MESS), at which we host informal discussions of methods related to systematic reviews. Anyone is welcome to join us; contact Tess Moore or Luke McGuinness See our MESS blog.


We run a short course Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-analysis twice a year as part of the School’s Short Course Programme. We also contribute to other courses within this programme including Introduction to Network Meta-analysis. Externally, we regularly offer workshops at Cochrane Colloquia and other Cochrane meetings, and a course at the Swiss Epidemiology Winter School


Bristol Appraisal and Review of Research group
Population Health Sciences
Bristol Medical School
Room 2.01
University of Bristol
Canynge Hall
39 Whatley Road
Bristol, BS8 2PS
United Kingdom


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