Andrea Tricco

PhD, MSc

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.

Please note: Dr. Tricco is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Lillie, E, Pham, B, Straus, SE. Utility of social media and crowd-sourced data for pharmacovigilance: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (1):e013474. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013474. PubMed PMID:28104709 .
  2. Tricco, AC, Thomas, SM, Antony, J, Rios, P, Robson, R, Pattani, R et al.. Strategies to Prevent or Reduce Gender Bias in Peer Review of Research Grants: A Rapid Scoping Review. PLoS ONE. 2017;12 (1):e0169718. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0169718. PubMed PMID:28061509 .
  3. Zarin, W, Veroniki, AA, Nincic, V, Vafaei, A, Reynen, E, Motiwala, SS et al.. Characteristics and knowledge synthesis approach for 456 network meta-analyses: a scoping review. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):3. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0764-6. PubMed PMID:28052774 PubMed Central PMC5215202.
  4. Tricco, AC, Zarin, W, Rios, P, Pham, B, Straus, SE, Langlois, EV et al.. Barriers, facilitators, strategies and outcomes to engaging policymakers, healthcare managers and policy analysts in knowledge synthesis: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open. 2016;6 (12):e013929. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013929. PubMed PMID:28011815 PubMed Central PMC5223640.
  5. Tricco, AC, Blondal, E, Veroniki, AA, Soobiah, C, Vafaei, A, Ivory, J et al.. Comparative safety and effectiveness of serotonin receptor antagonists in patients undergoing chemotherapy: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. BMC Med. 2016;14 (1):216. doi: 10.1186/s12916-016-0761-9. PubMed PMID:28007031 PubMed Central PMC5180412.
  6. Liang, S, Hallet, J, Simpson, JS, Tricco, AC, Scheer, AS. Omission of axillary staging in elderly patients with early stage breast cancer impacts regional control but not survival: A systematic review and meta-analysis. J Geriatr Oncol. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2016.12.003. PubMed PMID:27986500 .
  7. Khoushhal, Z, Hussain, MA, Greco, E, Mamdani, M, Verma, S, Rotstein, O et al.. Prevalence and Causes of Attrition Among Surgical Residents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Surg. 2016; :. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2016.4086. PubMed PMID:27973673 .
  8. Petropoulou, M, Nikolakopoulou, A, Veroniki, AA, Rios, P, Vafaei, A, Zarin, W et al.. Bibliographic study showed improving statistical methodology of network meta-analyses published between 1999 and 2015. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016; :. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.11.002. PubMed PMID:27864068 .
  9. Knottnerus, JA, Tugwell, P, Tricco, AC. Individual patients are the primary source and the target of clinical research. J Clin Epidemiol. 2016;76 :1-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2016.07.005. PubMed PMID:27670675 .
  10. O'Brien, KK, Colquhoun, H, Levac, D, Baxter, L, Tricco, AC, Straus, S et al.. Advancing scoping study methodology: a web-based survey and consultation of perceptions on terminology, definition and methodological steps. BMC Health Serv Res. 2016;16 :305. doi: 10.1186/s12913-016-1579-z. PubMed PMID:27461419 PubMed Central PMC4962390.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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