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CAMARADES (Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies) provide a supporting framework for researchers to systematically review data from experimental animal studies, including best practice methodological assistance and access to collaborative tools such as our online review facility, SyRF. We aim to provide a central focus for data sharing and currently act as a public repository for review protocols and completed reviews.

Systematic review and meta-analysis can serve a number of functions in translational biomedicine, including to identify potential sources of bias and other barriers to translation in animal studies; inform 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement of animal use in research)-aligned recommendations for improvements in the design and reporting of animal experiments; and inform selection of candidate interventions for advanced preclinical or clinical trials.

Are you interested in conducting a systematic review of animal data and want some help to get started? We warmly welcome enquiries from researchers interested in learning more about preclinical systematic review and meta-analysis or starting their own review. We can provide assistance with:

  • Refining your research question
  • Protocol development
  • Search strategy development
  • Meta-analysis statistical plan and conducting meta-analysis
  • Help with systematic review software and tools

We also offer a regular hands-on workshop for students and researchers as well as bespoke courses for your research group. For information on our next scheduled course, please see here.

Take a look at some of our ongoing research, including our systematic reviews on animal models of stroke and automation strategies to streamline the systematic review process.