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Prof. Dr.
Joerg Meerpohl

Center for Biometry, Epidemiology and
Medical Bio-Informatics

Institute for Evidence in Medicine
Head of Institute
Phone: 0049-761-203-6715


  • 2005 Accreditation as Pediatriciann
  • 2008 Accreditation as Pediatric Hematologist & Oncologist
  • 2011-2015 Deputy Director, German Cochrane Centre
  • 2015-2018 Co-Director, Cochrane Germany
  • Since 2018 Professor for Evidence in Medicine, University Freiburg and Director, Cochrane Germany

Focus of research

  • Systematic reviews and other forms of evidence synthesis
  • Guideline development methodology
  • Dissemination bias and research integrity

Selected publications

  • Toews I, Lohner S, Kullenberg de Gaudry D, Sommer H, Meerpohl JJ. Association between intake of non-sugar sweeteners and health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised and non-randomised controlled trials and observational studies. BMJ. 2019;364:k4718
  • Schwingshackl L, Schwarzer G, Rucker G, Meerpohl JJ. Perspective: Network Meta-analysis Reaches Nutrition Research: Current Status, Scientific Concepts, and Future Directions. Adv Nutr. 2019;10(5):739-54
  • Kullenberg de Gaudry D, Lohner S, Schmucker C, Kapp P, Motschall E, Horrlein S, et al. Milk A1 beta-casein and health-related outcomes in humans: a systematic review. Nutrition reviews. 2019;77(5):278-306
  • Toews I, George AT, Peter JV, Kirubakaran R, Fontes LES, Ezekiel JPB, et al. Interventions for preventing upper gastrointestinal bleeding in people admitted to intensive care units. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018;6:CD008687
  • Scherer RW, Meerpohl JJ, Pfeifer N, Schmucker C, Schwarzer G, von Elm E. Full publication of results initially presented in abstracts. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018;11:MR000005

Research methods

  • GRADE approach for guideline development