Knowledge Exchange

Our Knowledge Exchange activities involve transferring knowledge to business and industry through partnerships with businesses and health care organisations.

Our activities include

  • Knowledge transfer through training events,
  • Working in partnership with businesses and health care organisations, and 
  • Using research findings to develop practice and products.

We believe that public engagement builds trust between us and the community and contributes to informing the direction of our research programmes. We participate in a wide range of public engagement activities to keep the public informed about our research.

Helping SME's Find Technological Solutions

Through our relationship with Interface, the SFC-funded gateway aimed at matching academic expertise with the needs of industry, we participate in the Innovation Voucher scheme. Recent examples include

  • The development of an E-Lab book
  • Solving drug formulation problems.

Consultancy & Contract Research

With our breadth of research skills across a wide range of disciplines we provide a bespoke service to organisations requiring a specific piece of research to be undertaken.

Training Courses

We provide a number of training courses relevant to the needs of business/industry, such as

  • Crisis Management
  • Anthropometric assessment
  • Lifestyle management
  • Systematic Review Methods

Download the Knowledge Exchange Flyer


Professor Cherry Wainwright

Evidence-based Practice Research

The Scottish Centre for Evidence-based Multi-professional Practice (SEMP) is an affiliate centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI).

Health ProfessionalThe Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) was founded in 1995 as a body to appraise and use evidence to enhance practice. Since its inception it has been developing collaborations across the world.

At the centre, our activities include:

  • Delivering the comprehensive systematic review training programme (CSRTP)
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  • Systematic review of primary research and recognising best practice
  • Identifying audit criteria from the evidence
  • Evaluating the impact of introducing evidence-based practice into organisational practice.

Research coordinated at the Aberdeen JBI centre is conducted using a range of databases, research tools and collaborative platforms. Click the tabs below to explore the JBI resources.


Researchers undertaking systematic review research have a range of sources available to them.


JBI Connect+



The JBI Clinical Online Network of Evidence for care and therapeutics

  • A JBI members-only facility
  • Search a wide range of databases in one central location
  • Provides easy access to resources to help them find and use evidence to inform clinical decision-making.


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JBI Search





The non-member JBI database that contains public info on evidence-based recommended practice, best practice information and systematic reviews.


Provides free access to quality assessed evidence to inform health and social care policy, practice and research.


PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.






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Cochrane Library


Trip Database


A collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.


A clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

Registration is free.



Research Tools

A number of tools are available to assist systematic reviewers.

Sumari Tools


Sumari Tools  

SUMARI is a software package designed to assist health and other researchers and practitioners to conduct systematic reviews.

The package consists of five modules and aims to

  • help guide the collection of evidenced Feasibility, Appropriateness, Meaningfulness and Effectiveness; and
  • help conduct economic evaluations of activities and interventions. 


Sumari user guide (PDF)


Revman software


Sumari Guide (PDF)




A downloadable PDF guide to the Sumari tools, provided by the JBI.

To use SUMARI, JBI researchers are invited to register with JBI to obtain their free account.


RevMan, or Review Manager, is software used for preparing systematic reviews of the evidenced effects of healthcare. 

The tool prepares the review for publication either in The Cochrane Library or elsewhere.



Collaborative platforms

A number of collaborative apps are also recommended for researchers interested in systematic reviews









ResearchGate is the largest professional network for scientists and researchers.

  • a free scientific platform consisting of over 1,000,000 scientists
  • allows for collaboration on topics and sharing of conference and publication information.
  • contains tools for private groups and collaborative file sharing.

All JBI Aberdeen members are invited to Join the JBI Aberdeen Workgroup on ResearchGate


LinkedIn is a social networking platform aimed at professional networking and professional identity. The service lists 100 million+ members worldwide. 

All Alumni JBI Aberdeen members are invited to join the RGU Alumni group on LinkedIn



Aberdeen JBI Leadership

Ms Pamela Kirkpatrick
The Scottish Centre for
Evidence-based Multi-
professional Practice,
Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Aberdeen.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 263276


Dr Kay Cooper
Deputy Director,
The Scottish Centre for
Evidence-based Multi-
professional Practice,
Research in the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Aberdeen.

Tel: +44 (0)1224 262677


Public Activities

Many of our public activities aim to engage people throughout the age span in raising awareness of the health issues highlighted by our research.

Recent public engagements include:

  • Twenty Ten and Beyond: 350 years of excellence in science; The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, June 2010; "Fat Body Slim: Shape matters!"
  • Exhibited at Techfest and Satrosphere science fairs
  • Hosting public lectures by high profile speakers on topics of public interest (e.g. Edi Stark on "Suicide in young men")
  • Contributing at schools across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to School Science week

Through a Science Engagement grant from the Scottish Government, the "Fat Body Slim: Shape matters!" exhibit has been taken "on the road" to community centres throughout the North and North East of Scotland.