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. Watt, J, Tricco, AC, Vyas, M, Kohli, K, Soin, S, Abaeian, M et al.. Outcomes associated with prescribed medications in older adults with multimorbidity: protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (2):e014529. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014529. PubMed PMID:28235972 .
  2. Fitzpatrick, T, Perrier, L, Tricco, AC, Straus, SE, Jüni, P, Zwarenstein, M et al.. Protocol for a scoping review of post-trial extensions of randomised controlled trials using individually linked administrative and registry data. BMJ Open. 2017;7 (2):e013770. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013770. PubMed PMID:28213601 .
  3. Colquhoun, HL, Jesus, TS, O'Brien, KK, Tricco, AC, Chui, A, Zarin, W et al.. Study protocol for a scoping review on rehabilitation scoping reviews. Clin Rehabil. 2017; :269215516688514. doi: 10.1177/0269215516688514. PubMed PMID:28118743 .
  4. 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 PubMed Central PMC5253521.
  5. 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 PubMed Central PMC5218731.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

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