PCG US Satellite

Welcome to the US Satellite of Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth    

Our main purpose is to disseminate Cochrane Reviews and to promote Cochrane and its work in the United States, while supporting and developing the US-based community of Cochrane members.

We promote evidence-based medicine dissemination (EBM) in everyday practice to obstetrics providers across the US, especially within rural and medically-underserved regions, in partnership with stakeholders, to advance pregnancy and childbirth optimal outcomes in the US and worldwide. We seek to increase the number of US-based Cochrane Systematic Reviews authors through regular training workshops. In addition, we plan to increase the number and contribution of consumers through regular conferences to raise public awareness of Cochrane evidence.

This newly-established US satellite is currently funded by CMU School of Health Sciences, and is currently seeking external funding.

While our operational area is the entire territory of the US, we are based at the Central Michigan University (CMU) School of Health Sciences and Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Through its School of Health Sciences (SHS) and College of Medicine (CMED), CMU is focused on the health of rural populations, while Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM)’s Department of OB/GYN has been a leader in advocating for the use of the Cochrane evidence in obstetrics in US. We also have collaborative partners across the US.

Collaborative partners:

  • Central Michigan University, School of Health Sciences (Dr. Shayesteh Jahanfar, Dr. Andrew Kim, Dr. Tunde Akinmoladun, Dr. Jeff Inungu, MPH program), exercise science program (Dr. Racheal Nelson)
  •           Indian University (Dr. David Haas, School of Medicine)
  •           University of Michigan, (Dr. Joel Gagnier, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
  •           Michigan State University (Dr. Claudia Holzman, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
  •           Jefferson University (Dr. Vincenzo Berghella, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department)

Upcoming training event: Cochrane Standard Author training workshop 21-23rd of March 2019 - for more information please contact jahan2s@cmich.edu 

Our people

Dr. Shayesteh Jahanfar

Shayesteh Jahanfar is an author, reviewer facilitator and trainer, and she has been involved with Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth since 2002. She has completed Cochrane reviews on topics such as breastfeeding, domestic violence, use of caffeine during pregnancy, use of pacifiers for newborns and identifying the accuracy of ultrasound in the diagnosis of birthweight discordance among twins.  Shayesteh is a member of Trainers' network and conducted over 40 Cochrane workshops/webinars in Iran, Malaysia, Canada and the United States. She established the Iran Cochrane network in 2012 with help from a dedicated group of researchers, academic and clinicians.  Her leadership and efforts led to the establishment of Iran Cochrane Centre in 2016.   Shayesteh also works with other Cochrane groups, including Gynecology and Fertility, STI Group, Neonatal Group, Fertility Regulation as well as the HIV/AIDS Group.

Dr. David Haas

David Haas has been involved with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth since 2002 when he became part of the Review team covering "Progestogens for recurrent miscarriage". He is now the contact author for three reviews and a co-author on two others. David is also a member of the Editorial Board for Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth.

Dr. Joel Gagnier

Joel J Gagnier is trained in primary care medicine and clinical epidemiology. He has been an active and contributing member of Cochrane since 2001. He is a member of the Back Review Group, Bias Methods Group, Musculoskeletal Group, Complementary Medicine Field, PROs working group among other Cochrane entities. He has been involved in several Cochrane reviews and published widely on systematic review methods.

Dr. Claudia Holzman

Dr. Holzman is an epidemiologist and a leader at Michigan State University (MSU). She has taught systematic reviews and has been a co-author on several systematic reviews.

Dr. Jonas Mayoke Ndeke

Jonas Mayoke Ndeke is a medical doctor and MPH candidate. Back in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, after practicing as a general practitioner, he was working at an OBGYN setting for two more years. He is a Cochrane facilitator and trainer and has written a systematic review on Sex Hormone Binding Globulin in Gestational Diabetes Screening during pregnancy.  He has started working with the US satellite since its inception and has been instrumental in grant writing, training facilitators for Cochrane workshops,  and providing administrative support.