Dr. David Sackett, President Founder of the Cochrane Collaboration (1934-2015).

It is with great sadness that Cochrane announces the death of its founder president and medical pioneer Dr. David Sackett, at age 80. Our thoughts and condolences are with Dave's family, friends and colleagues around the world.

It was a creator of clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine (EBM) and the first president of the Board of the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 founded the first department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the world, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) in 1967 and founded the Center for MBE in Oxford (UK) in 1994.

David widely contributed to the development of research methods through his books and articles, as well as through education and lectures at McMaster and worldwide. Note that became clinical research in a scientifically sound multidisciplinary activity and a "team sport" practical, which has certainly improved the quality of medical research and clinical practice.

After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Illinois, Dave went to train in Nephrology and Internal Medicine, and obtained a Masters in Epidemiology at Harvard University. It was once medical director Chedoke-McMaster Hospital and director of the Division of General Medicine in the region of Hamilton, Ontario. In 2000, he was elected to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, and a year later was awarded Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2009 he was awarded the Gairdner Foundation Wightman Award. He was on several occasions in Spain to support various educational activities of the Cochrane Collaboration and other entities.

He retired from clinical practice in 1999 at the age of 65 and returned to Canada to establish a center for research training in a lake in the north, where he researched, wrote and taught about the development of controlled clinical trials. He has published 10 books, chapters in another 50 and more than 300 articles in medical and scientific journals.

Dave's contributions to the work of Cochrane dating from the early days of the organization and have meant a substantial impact on its development and reputation in the past two decades.

Dave's colleagues at McMaster and Cochrane plan to commemorate his contribution to the MBE in various ways, including the symposium Dave Sackett and research during the 23rd Cochrane Colloquium to be held in Vienna in October 2015.

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