Evidence Synthesis Ireland

Network Meta-Analysis Workshop

26apr(apr 26)9:30 am28(apr 28)4:30 pmNetwork Meta-Analysis Workshop9:30 am - 4:30 pm (28) River Room

Event Details


For any given condition there may be a number of alternative treatment options. Network meta-analysis is an extension of pairwise meta-analysis that allows the simultaneous synthesis of data from networks of interventions. By combining direct and indirect information, network meta-analysis can inform every possible treatment comparison, even those for which no head-to-head comparisons exist.


This course will focus on the role of network meta-analyses in comparative effectiveness research for healthcare interventions.


The objective of this course is to examine the full process of a network meta-analysis from the planning stage and the preparation of the protocol up to the final report and publication of the manuscript. Day 3 will focus on practical sessions in R and some more advanced topics of network meta-analysis.

Learning outcomes

In this course participants will be enabled to:

  • Understand the concept and the main principles of network meta-analysis
  • Write a protocol for a network meta-analysis
  • Understand and evaluate the assumptions of a network meta-analysis
  • Interpret the results of a network meta-analysis
  • Identify the limitations and potential sources of bias within a network of interventions
  • Critically appraise the results from a network meta-analysis
  • Synthesize the data from a network of interventions (Day 3 only)
  • Create visualizations and prepare the final report (Day 3 only)

Dates: 26th, 27th & 28th April 2023

Time: 09:30 – 16:30

Location: The River Room, University of Galway

Places: 28 available to those resident in Ireland & Northern Ireland & limited places are also available for individuals outside of Ireland.

Skill Level: Intermediate for Days 1-2, Advanced for Day 3


€250 – Student

€500 – Regular

€650 – Industry

Target Audience

Healthcare professionals, academics, researchers, decision makers, librarians, information specialists, and Evidence Synthesis Ireland fellows and teaching faculty who meet the below prerequisites and would like to learn more about network meta-analysis.


Participants must have a solid understanding of systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and a basic knowledge of statistics including pair wise mete analysis. The program assumes this knowledge as these prerequisites do not form part of the program content. Experience with R is necessary for any participants attending Day 3.

Teaching Strategies

The workshop will consist of a mixture of lectures and interactive sessions. Day 3 will include practical sessions in R.


Dr Anna Chaimani, Senior Research Scientist, Université Paris Cité, Inserm, @AChaimani, https://www.cer-methods.com/

Dr Theodoros Evrenoglou, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Université Paris Cité, Inserm, Twitter @TEvrenoglou, https://www.cer-methods.com/

*If your type of ticket is sold out, please join the waitlist or contact us at esi@nuigalway.ie


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26 (Wednesday) 9:30 am - 28 (Friday) 4:30 pm Irish Standard Time, UTC +1


River Room