Meta-analysis and Evidence-based Medicine Training in Cardiology
The website is dedicated to meta-analysis and evidence-based medicine training in cardiology. It is sponsored by the Meta-analysis and Evidence-based medicine Training in Cardiology (METCARDIO) Group, currently headquartered in Turin, Italy, and formerly known as the Center for Overview, Meta-analysis, and Evidence-based Medicine Training (COMET). The focus of the website is on clinical research methods and evidence-based cardiovascular medicine with a specific interest in interventional cardiology and peripheral cardiovascular interventions. Nonetheless, there is plenty of training and research opportunities for other evidence-based endeavors, eg in anesthesiology, critical care medicine, and psychiatry.

Assigned to Keith A. A. Fox, University and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, UK, for the work entitled "Long-term outcome of a routine versus selective invasive strategy in patients with non–ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome: a meta-analysis of individual patient data", published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 2010;55:2435-45, characterized by clinical impact, thorough analysis, and collaborative stance.

Assigned to Mark A. Hlatky, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA, for the work entitled "Coronary artery bypass surgery compared with percutaneous coronary interventions for multivessel disease: a collaborative analysis of individual patient data from ten randomised trials", published in the Lancet 2009;373:1190-7, characterized by multidisciplinary stance, clinical relevance, and broad worldwide implications.

Assigned to Sanjit S. Jolly, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, for the work entitled "Radial versus femoral access for coronary angiography or intervention and the impact on major bleeding and ischemic events: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials", published in the American Heart Journal in November 2008 (doi:10.1016/j.ahj.2008.08.023), characterized by current stance, thoroughness and impact on everyday clinical practice.

Assigned to Christoph Stettler, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, for his work entitled "Outcomes associated with drug-eluting and bare-metal stents: a collaborative network meta-analysis", published in the Lancet 2007;370:937-48, characterized by comprehensiveness, innovative methods, and collegial stance.

Assigned to Anthony A. Bavry, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, for his work entitled "Late thrombosis of drug-eluting stents: a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials", published in the American Journal of Medicine 2006;119:1056-61, characterized by clinical relevance, rigorous meta-analytic methods, and industry-independent stance.

We are proud to announce an international competition for the 2011 METCARDIO Award, aiming to award the most influential and rigorous meta-analysis published in 2011 on interventional cardiology topics. The jury will be composed of METCARDIO members and the winner of the Award will receive a commemorative diploma in mid 2012. Those wishing to recommend a pertinent meta-analysis can send an email to the webmaster.