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Eric Manheimer ( was born in 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, graduating with a BA degree in philosophy in 1992. Subsequently he worked as a research assistant in a basic science research laboratory, prior to starting a Master’s degree program. In 1995, he enrolled as a Master’s student in Epidemiology at the University of Maryland (UMD), Baltimore, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. During his Master’s studies, he undertook summer internships at the US National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements, where he assisted in the development of a Congressionally mandated database of information on dietary supplements called Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements (CARDS).

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Epidemiology in 1997 from UMD Baltimore, he worked for five years as the coordinator and methodologist of the Baltimore (UMD, Baltimore)/New England (Brown University)/US Cochrane center under Professor Kay Dickersin, the long-time Director of the center. He moved to Providence in 1999, following the move of Professor Dickersin from Baltimore to Providence. The center was eventually renamed as the US Cochrane Center and is currently located at Johns Hopkins, under the Directorship of Dr. Dickersin. At the Cochrane center, he oversaw multiple projects related to clinical trial identification and registration, including the development of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, which is the most comprehensive database of trials in the world. He coordinated and wrote the Center's Annual Reports, Monitoring Reports for the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group, and reports to center funding agencies, including the US NIH and the US CDC. While working as the Baltimore/New England/US Cochrane center coordinator under Professor Kay Dickersin, he was concurrently a PhD candidate under Dr. Dickersin at Brown University, from 1999-2002. He served as Center coordinator/methodologist during the time that Center funding increased from a single contract of 50,000, covering only the MEDLINE Retagging Project (through 2001), to multiple grants totaling over five million (beginning in 2002).

From January 2003 through October 2014, he served as the administrator and methodologist of the UMD Baltimore-based Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field, under the long-time Director of the Baltimore-based Cochrane CAM Field and long-time colleague of Professor Dickersin, Professor Brian Berman. At the Cochrane CAM Field, he prepared systematic reviews with a focus on CAM therapies; conducted research related to the improvement of the methodology of CAM reviews; organized and lead workshops at multiple international conferences to provide training for systematic reviewers in CAM; and coordinated the publication of ~30 Cochrane columns in the CAM journals Global Advances in Health and Medicine, Explore, and Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, including Cochrane review commentary columns and Cochrane review summary of findings columns. At the CAM Field, he also contributed to establishing part of the infrastructure that supports preparation and maintenance of Cochrane reviews of CAM therapies by coordinating and serving on the review panel for a CAM Field bursary scheme; developed the CAM Field register of trials and the CAM Field Topics List of Cochrane CAM-related reviews with data entry and management support by Susan Wieland; coordinated and prepared all Monitoring Reports for the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group and reports to the US NIH/NCCAM funding agency; and collaborated with other Cochrane entities on the preparation and dissemination of summaries of CAM-related Cochrane Reviews for the lay public. In 2006, he conceived, designed, prepared, and wrote a competitively reviewed NIH grant application which resulted in the award of a 5-year, $2.1 million USD grant to support the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field, from 2007-2012. In 2011, he conceived, designed, prepared and wrote another competitively reviewed NIH grant application, which resulted in the award of a 5-year, $3 million USD grant to continue the support of the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field.

In 2006, Eric Manheimer began working under the supervision of Professor Lex Bouter, in preparing a systematic review of acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007. In 2008, he was admitted as a PhD student at the EMGO-Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Center, under the supervision of Professors Lex Bouter and Daniëlle van der Windt, conducting much of the work described in this thesis. He was awarded a PhD on 7 November 2013.


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