Andrea Tricco

MSc, PhD

Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

Research Programs


Andrea Tricco completed a MSc in Epidemiology (2002-2004) and a PhD in Population Health (2005-2009). She is a Scientist in the Knowledge Translation Program of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital (appointed in Sept 2011) and directs the Knowledge Synthesis team. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (appointed in June 2014). Her research interests are related to responding to decision-makers (including policy-makers, healthcare providers, and patients) through knowledge synthesis. Her research also focuses on advancing the science of knowledge synthesis and she is leading research projects related to rapid reviews, network meta-analysis, and scoping reviews.

Dr. Tricco has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. She currently holds a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award (2012-2017) and the Ontario Ministry of Innovation Early Research Award (2015-2020). She is an Associate Editor for 2 international journals, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and BMC Medicine. She is also a member of the Cochrane Methods Bias Group.

Recent Publications

  1. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Ashoor, HM, Hamid, JS, Hemmelgarn, BR, Holroyd-Leduc, J et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of cognitive enhancers for Alzheimer's dementia: protocol for a systematic review and individual patient data network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (1):e010251. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010251. PubMed PMID:26769792 .
  2. Tricco, AC, Cardoso, R, Thomas, SM, Motiwala, S, Sullivan, S, Kealey, MR et al.. Barriers and facilitators to uptake of systematic reviews by policy makers and health care managers: a scoping review. Implement Sci. 2016;11 (1):4. doi: 10.1186/s13012-016-0370-1. PubMed PMID:26753923 PubMed Central PMC4709874.
  3. Veroniki, AA, Straus, SE, Ashoor, HM, Hamid, JS, Yu, C, Tricco, AC et al.. Safety and effectiveness of long-acting versus intermediate-acting insulin for patients with type 1 diabetes: protocol for a systematic review and individual patient data network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2015;5 (12):e010160. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010160. PubMed PMID:26719325 PubMed Central PMC4710824.
  4. Tricco, AC, Strifler, L, Veroniki, AA, Yazdi, F, Khan, PA, Scott, A et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of long-acting inhaled agents for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMJ Open. 2015;5 (10):e009183. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-009183. PubMed PMID:26503392 PubMed Central PMC4636655.
  5. Tricco, AC, Antony, J, Zarin, W, Strifler, L, Ghassemi, M, Ivory, J et al.. A scoping review of rapid review methods. BMC Med. 2015;13 :224. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0465-6. PubMed PMID:26377409 PubMed Central PMC4574114.
  6. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Antony, J, Hutton, B, Moher, D, Sherifali, D et al.. An international survey and modified Delphi approach revealed numerous rapid review methods. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016;70 :61-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.08.012. PubMed PMID:26327490 .
  7. Hutton, B, Yazdi, F, Bordeleau, L, Morgan, S, Cameron, C, Kanji, S et al.. Comparison of physical interventions, behavioral interventions, natural health products, and pharmacologics to manage hot flashes in patients with breast or prostate cancer: protocol for a systematic review incorporating network meta-analyses. Syst Rev. 2015;4 :114. doi: 10.1186/s13643-015-0099-y. PubMed PMID:26307105 PubMed Central PMC4549873.
  8. Fnais, N, Soobiah, C, Al-Qahtani, K, Hamid, JS, Perrier, L, Straus, SE et al.. Diagnostic value of fine needle aspiration BRAF(V600E) mutation analysis in papillary thyroid cancer: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hum. Pathol. 2015;46 (10):1443-54. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2015.06.001. PubMed PMID:26232865 .
  9. Tricco, AC, Tugwell, P, Knottnerus, JA. The International Clinical Epidemiology Network increases capacity for clinical epidemiology research in Jamaica. J Clin Epidemiol. 2015;68 (9):967-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2015.07.008. PubMed PMID:26219684 .
  10. Tricco, AC, Soobiah, C, Blondal, E, Veroniki, AA, Khan, PA, Vafaei, A et al.. Comparative safety of serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonists in patients undergoing surgery: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2015;13 :142. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0379-3. PubMed PMID:26084332 PubMed Central PMC4472408.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Assistant Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto