Secretariat

The Secretariat for the Evidence Commission is housed at the McMaster Health Forum, known for its agility, collaborative spirit, and impact orientation. Our work builds from the COVID-19 Evidence Network to support Decision-making (COVID-END)—the world’s most trusted source of best evidence about the COVID-19 response and a partnership among 55 partners drawn from diverse evidence synthesis, technology assessment and guideline groups. Learn more about our connection to COVID-END below.

The secretariat includes two scientific co-leads (John Lavis and Jeremy Grimshaw) and an executive lead (Jenn Verma), and many individuals based at the McMaster Health Forum. Secretariat members play many roles over the life of the commission, including the following roles specific to the final report:

John N. Lavis acts as the lead report writer and led the drafting and revising of the text and exhibits

Jenn Verma leads the creative process of making exhibits as engaging as possible and who led much of the engagement with commissioners, advisors and funders

Jeremy Grimshaw helps to shape the report and provided feedback on all of the exhibits

Kaelan Moat leads many of the evidence reviews drawn on in drafting the text and exhibits

Kartik Sharma leads many of the analyses drawn on in drafting the exhibits related to global commissions

Hannah Gillis contributes to many of the analyses drawn on in drafting the exhibits related to global commissions

David Tovey provides feedback on select exhibits

Jorge Barreto supports the engagement of our Brazilian commissioner

Ileana Ciurea supports overall project management and coordinates the involvement of key staff at the McMaster Health Forum, including:

  • Brittany Dinallo who provides marketing advice
  • Cristian Mansilla who undertakes analyses of COVID-END database content drawn on in drafting select exhibits
  • Francois-Pierre Gauvin who provides input to the citizen-related aspects of the report 
  • James McKinlay who undertakes analyses of Social Systems Evidence content drawn on in drafting exhibit 4.5
  • Julie Baird who provides operational support
  • Steven Lott who provides communications support

Christy Groves who leads the graphic design of the exhibits and full report

Amy Zierler who will undertake the initial report-editing process

Sue Johnston who will undertake the final copy-editing process

The bios and contact information for many members of secretariat members based at the McMaster Health Forum can be found here

The secretariat benefited significantly from input from the COVID-END Advocating working group and from input received in its role as a co-sponsor (with WHO) of the Cochrane Convenes event held in October 2021.