Centre for Journalology Core Team

David Moher, PhD


Dr. Moher is a Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is also an Associate Professor at the School of Epidemiology, Public Health, and Preventative Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he also holds a University Research Chair. Dr. Moher directs the Knowledge Synthesis Group at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and has received more than $100 million dollars in peer reviewed funding and has published more than 400 peer-reviewed articles. His H-index (103, Google Scholar) indicates that his research is highly cited and has been used to inform policy. He has been recognized as one of the most highly influential biomedical researchers several times: Thomson Reuters (The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds, twice); and Boyack and colleagues (A list of highly influential biomedical researchers, 1996-2011. EJCI 2013;43:1339-1365). Dr. Moher is a member of the Advisory Board for the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, a journal editor, as well as a member of editorial boards of several medical journals and other editorial functions, such as membership on PLoS One’s Human Research Advisory Board.

Kelly Cobey, PhD


Dr. Cobey is a Senior Clinical Research Associate in the Knowledge Synthesis Group at the Ottawa Methods Centre. In her capacity as Publications Officer she provides educational outreach on best practice in academic biomedical publishing. Kelly also consults with researchers one-to-one to provide feedback on research designs and reports. She actively contributes to research on journalology topics, including projects related to predatory journals and reporting quality. Kelly is a member of EQUATOR Canada, an Adjunct Professor in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and an Honorary Researcher at The University of Stirling. She obtained her PhD in Psychology (University of Groningen, The Netherlands) and has an MRes in Biology (University of Liverpool, England) and BSc in Psychology and Biology (McMaster University, Canada). Prior to her current post Kelly worked as a Lecturer at The University of Stirling (Scotland) and held a Fyssen Research Fellowship (University of Paris North, France).

Manoj Mathew Lalu, MD, PhD, FRCPC


Dr. Lalu is a practicing Anesthesiologist, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at The Ottawa Hospital. He holds an Associate Scientist appointment at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Clinical Epidemiology and Regenerative Medicine Programs. His current research is largely preclinical and translational, focusing on novel therapies (e.g. cellular therapies for inflammatory diseases and cancer). Dr. Lalu also investigates completeness of reporting and risk of bias in preclinical studies and ways we may overcome barriers to improve this. Finally, through work he has completed with the journalology group, he has helped assess the global burden of illegitimate (i.e. ‘predatory’) journals.


Larissa Shamseer, PhD Candidate


Larissa is a Senior Clinical Research Associate and has worked with the Knowledge Synthesis group since 2010. Larissa completed an MSc in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Alberta and is currently carrying out a PhD in the School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at the University of Ottawa under the guidance of Dr. Moher and Dr. Jeremy Grimshaw. Larissa has been involved in the development of several reporting guidelines (e.g. the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic review and Meta-Analysis Protocols, PRISMA-P), evaluation of their impact, and the development of related implementation strategies. Larissa’s PhD research will make use of implementation science/theory to understand and potentially change the behaviours of those involved in the systematic review enterprise to achieve better reporting of protocols and systematic reviews overall. In her role as a Senior Research Associate, Larissa has also been involved in research on peer review, predatory journals, and training in Journalology topics (e.g. publication bias, publication models, scholarly metrics). Larissa is an Associate Editor for BioMed Central’s Systematic Reviews.