Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Workshop 2019

Date: 20 July 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 8:30am to 5:30pm
Venue: Clinical School JB


Systematic review and meta-analysis (SRMA) is a literature review undertaken using a systematic approach. This technique has been widely used in clinical medicine since 1990’s and recently has become adopted in wider disciplines including but not limited to biomedical and social sciences. Since literature review is considered a critical step in research, we expect literature review to be performed in a systematic manner.

The overall aim of this workshop is to provide essential training in SRMA methods, aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, researchers and healthcare professionals with no previous systematic reviewing experience. It covers the structure of a SRMA, use of systematic framework in conducting a SRMA and planning own SRMA at the end of the course. The workshop will include a mixture of brief talks and hands-on tutorials.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should have the knowledge and skills necessary to:

  • Plan, draft protocol and carry out a systematic review
  • Perform appropriate methods of meta-analysis
  • Assess quality of the evidence
  • Interpret and communicate results from a meta-analysis

Workshop requirement

Participants are required to bring their own laptops, but some may be made available upon request.



Dr Amutha Ramadas
PhD (Monash), MSc (UPM), BSc (UPM), GCHE (Monash), Senior Lecturer (JCSMHS)

Dr Amutha's research interest is generally related to nutrition, with strong academic and professional training in health promotion, biostatistics, prevention and management of non-communicable diseases. She has been an academic with Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia for 7 years and has been providing statistical consultation for medical professionals since 2012. She is currently pursuing a double master in Applied Statistics. Besides, Dr Amutha has since published and presented her scientific findings in various national and international journals as well as conferences. She is also an independent reviewer for several international journals.

Dr Jeevitha Mariapun 
PhD (UM), MSc (Leicester), BSc (UM), Lecturer (JCSMHS)

Dr Jeevitha's research interests fall broadly within the field of public health and preventive medicine. She is particularly interested in cardiovascular epidemiology, premature mortality, obesity, smoking cessation, health equity, the social determinants of health and biostatistics. Her research has been published in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr Jeevitha is currently an associate member of the Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Practice in University of Malaya.


Registration fee

  • RM 300 per pax for non-Monashians
  • Free of charge Monash staff & students (Limited seats – first-come-first-served basis)

Online Registration


Program Schedule

8.30-9am Registration & refreshment
9-10am Introduction to SRMA
10-11am Protocol development
11am-1pm Data search and extraction
1-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Risk of bias
3-4pm Performing meta-analysis using REVMan
4-5pm Interpreting meta-analysis and heterogeneity

For further enquiries, please email