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SML’s Health Science Librarian takes part in the COVID-19 “SURGE” initiative, co-led by CRI

​​Layal Hneiny, Health Sciences Librarian at the Saab Medical Library took part in three rapid systematic reviews done by the COVID-19 Systematic Urgent Reviews Group Effort (SURGE), in coordination with the Clinical Research Institute (CRI), which is part of the SURGE initiative, led by Dr. Elie Akl, tenured professor of medicine at AUB, Director of the Clinical Research Institute, and leader of the General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics (GIMG) at AUBMC.

Hneiny's role was mainly working with the team on building the search strategy across different medical bibliographic databases and running the searches. She also exported the search results into Endnote for de-duplication of databases individually and across one another. The databases included general databases such as: Medline, PubMed, CINAHL, Embase, Cochrane and COVID-19 specific databases, including CORD-19, EPPICenter, Epistemonikos (Living Overview of the Evidence platform), and others. 

This process served as a foundation to systematically review the literature, resulting in high impact research.

Commenting on the project, Hneiny said “I am very glad and proud to be part of this team, creating impactful papers in the medical field, especially under the COVID-19 outbreak."

The project was initiated in March 2020, and the latest publication got published on June 1st.

One of the publications is a “living systematic review", updated on a weekly basis. You can check the publications listed here.

For more information about this initiative, please check the article that was posted earlier on the AUB Website here.

The University Libraries are always optimizing their involvement in systematic reviews across the University. All subject librarians and specialists are working closely with researchers across the Institution to help in their search strategy and access needed information and material.

For more information and support, contact the Libraries.

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