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Biography

Matthew Page is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, funded by an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2020-2022). He leads a program of meta-research; the study of how scientific research is done and where improvements can be made. This program builds on the research undertaken during his PhD (2011-2015) and NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (2015-2019). He was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bristol, UK, from 2015-2017.

Matthew's research aims to improve the credibility of health and medical research. He has led many studies investigating the transparency, reproducibility and risk of bias in systematic reviews and randomized trials of health interventions and has developed methods to address these issues. He co-led the 2020 update of the PRISMA reporting guideline for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and was an associate scientific editor for the 2019 edition of the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. He has collaborated on many systematic reviews and meta-analyses evaluating the effects of various interventions for a range of health conditions, including manual therapy and exercise for shoulder pain, splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome, drug and non-drug therapies for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and testosterone replacement therapy for sexual wellbeing; this applied work often informs his meta-research agenda. 

Matthew's expertise has been recognized in leadership and editorial appointments at organizations and journals focusing on meta-research, including co-convenor of the Cochrane Bias Methods Group, and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and PLOS Medicine.

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