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Eric W Manheimer Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Family & Community Medicine
emanheimer@compmed.umm.edu
Location: 520 W. Lombard Street, East Hall, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-6169
Fax: (410) 706-6214

Personal History:

At the Center for Integrative Medicine, Mr. Manheimer has oversight of the Database and Evaluation Core and is responsible for establishing an evidence-based center that is a leader in the assessment, synthesis and dissemination of complementary and integrative medicine literature. The Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine (CM) Field, the heart of the evidence-based center, serves as a resource for researchers, providers and consumers interested in CM therapies.

Mr. Manheimer comes to the Center for Integrative Medicine with research experience in both complementary medicine (CM) and evidence-based medicine. His first exposure to CM research was during summer internships at the 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 CARDS (Computer Access to Research on Dietary Supplements). After graduating with an MS degree from the University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology, Mr. Manheimer served for over four years as the coordinator/methodologist of the New England Cochrane Center, Providence Office. At the Cochrane Center, Mr. Manheimer oversaw multiple projects related to clinical trial identification and registration, including the development of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trial, the most comprehensive database of trials in the world. Mr. Manheimer regards his work at the Center for Integrative Medicine as a unique opportunity to simultaneously pursue his research interests in complementary medicine and evidence-based medicine, and the interface of the two fields, and at the same time act to improve the public’s health by contributing to the establishment of a reliable, unbiased evidence-base on the health effects of complementary therapies.

Positions and Employment

  • 2003-present: Research Associate, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland (UMD) School of Medicine (SOM)
  • 2003-present: Administrator, Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine Field
  • 1998-2002: Coordinator/Methodologist, New England Cochrane Center, Brown University
  • 1997-1998: Cochrane Fellow, Baltimore Cochrane Center, University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • 1995-1997: Database Manager/Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, UMD SOM
  • 1996-1997: Program Analyst/Intern, Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institutes of Health
  • 1995: Intern, Public Health Program Office, Centers for Disease Control
  • 1993-1995: Laboratory Research Assistant, Department of Physiology, UMD SOM

Cochrane Collaboration International Service

  • 2003-present: Coordinate and serve on the review panel for the Cochrane Collaboration Complementary Medicine Field Bursary Scheme
  • 1998-2005: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials Advisory Group (Coordinator, 1998-2002)
  • 2001, 2005: Abstract Committee (Reviewer) for Lyon (2001) and Melbourne (2005) Cochrane Colloquia
  • 2000: Reviewer on the Thomas Chalmers Award Committee, the committee appointed to select the best meeting abstract, 8th International Cochrane Colloquium, (2000) Cape Town, South Africa

Training Workshops:

Manheimer E. The MEDLINE retagging project and its importance to CENTRAL/CCTR. How can Review Groups Help? Presented at: 6th International Cochrane Colloquium: Annual Meeting of the Cochrane Review Group Coordinators and Trials Search Coordinators; 1998 Oct 21; Baltimore.

Downing-Park J, Manheimer E. Helping handsearchers distinguish randomized controlled trials and controlled clinical trials from other types of reports: Examples from the literature. Workshop presented at: 7th International Cochrane Colloquium; 1999 Oct 5-9; Rome.  p. 82. Published Abstract no. 6. 

Manheimer E, Downing-Park J. The handsearch process: From trial identification to submission (advanced). Workshop presented at: 7th International Cochrane Colloquium; 1999 Oct 5-9; Rome. p. 97. Published Abstract no. 30.

Manheimer E.  Learning to identify and classify reports of controlled trials in healthcare journals (advanced). Workshop presented at: 8th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2000 Oct 25-29; Cape Town. p. 230.

Wieland S, Manheimer E. Handsearching the healthcare literature to identify randomized controlled trials and controlled clinical trials (advanced). Workshop presented at: 9th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2001 Oct 9-13; Lyon. p. 122. Published Abstract no. A13

Manheimer E, Wieland S, McGuire H. Using ProCite for creating and maintaining trials registers for submission to CENTRAL. Workshop presented at: 9th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2001 Oct 9-13; Lyon. p. 129. Published Abstract no. C3.

Wieland S, Manheimer E, Rutks I, Dunn, K. Determining study design classification of potential trial reports using MEDLINE abstracts as examples (introductory). Workshop presented at: 10th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2002 Jul 30-Aug 3; Stavanger. p. 14.

Manheimer E, Wieland S, Pienaar E. Creating trials databases for submission to CENTRAL using ProCite reference management software. Workshop presented at: 10th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2002 Jul 30-Aug 3; Stavanger. p. 16.

Wieland S, Manheimer E, Bluemle A. Advanced handsearching - Identifying and classifying reports of controlled trials in healthcare journals. Workshop presented at: 11th International Cochrane Colloquium: Evidence, health care and culture; 2003 Oct 26-31; Barcelona. p. 28. Workshop 1.

Manheimer E, Berman B, Beckner W, Liu J, Gagnier J. Methodological challenges of preparing systematic reviews of complementary and alternative therapies. Workshop presented at: 11th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2003 Oct 26-31; Barcelona. p. 30. Workshop 63.

Sieving P, Manheimer E. Hands-on: Getting the most from the Cochrane Library. Workshop presented at: US Cochrane Collaboration Meeting; 2004 Apr 1-2; Providence. Workshop 3. 

Glatman E, Wieland S, Manheimer E. Identifying controlled trial reports (advanced). Workshop presented at: 12th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2004 Oct 2-6; Ottawa. p. 26. Workshop W-074.

Manheimer E, Jianping L, Berman B, Gagnier J. Tackling the challenges of preparing systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine interventions:  acupuncture as example.  Workshop presented at: 12th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2004 Oct 2-6; Ottawa. p. 12. Workshop W-027.

Manheimer E.  Finding all appropriate studies. Presented at: Systematic Reviews in Dental and Craniofacial Research Symposium [Seq#:293]. 83rd General Session and Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research; 2005 Mar 12; Baltimore. p. 162. Presentation No. 2647. 

Manheimer E, Liu J. Issues in preparing systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine therapies. Workshop presented at:  13th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2005 Oct 22-26; Melbourne. p. 181. Published Abstract no. W22.

Manheimer E, Nedrow A. Methodological challenges of preparing systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials in CAM. Workshop presented at: North American Research Conference on Complementary and Integrative Medicine; 2006 May 24-27; Edmonton.

Manheimer E, Liu J. Methodological issues in systematic reviews of complementary and alternative medicine therapies [workshop]. Workshop presented at: 14th International Cochrane Colloquium; 2006 Oct 23-26; Dublin. p. 33. Workshop W49.

Manheimer E, Haramati A, Berman BM. Introduction to systematic reviews and meta-analysis [workshop]. Workshop presented at 18th Israeli Medical Association World Fellowship International Conference; 2007 Apr 11-15; Jerusalem.

Manheimer E. Systematic reviews. Workshop presented at The Galilee Society/The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services; 2007 Apr 16; Shefa Amr.


Publications:

Peer reviewed research publications

Manheimer E, Silbergeld EK. Critique of CDC's retreat from recommending universal lead screening for children. Public Health Rep. 1998 Jan-Feb;113(1):38-46. 

Dickersin K, Manheimer E. The Cochrane Collaboration: Evaluation of health care and services using systematic reviews of the results of randomized controlled trials. Clin Obstet Gynecol 1998 June;41(2):315-31. [Editor review]

Dickersin K, Manheimer E. Surgery for nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 1999, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD001538. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001538.

Dickersin K, Manheimer E, Wieland S, Robinson K, Lefebvre C, McDonald S, and the CENTRAL Development Group. Development of the Cochrane Collaboration's CENTRAL register of controlled clinical trials. Eval Health Prof. 2002 Mar;25(1):38-64.

Manheimer E, Anderson D. Survey of public information about ongoing clinical trials funded by industry: Evaluation of completeness and accessibility. BMJ. 2002 Sept 7;325(7363):528-31.

Liu J, Manheimer E, Tsutani K, Gluud C. Medicinal herbs for hepatitis C virus infection: a Cochrane hepatobiliary systematic review of randomized trials. Am J Gastroenterol. 2003 Mar;98(3):538-44.

Manheimer E, Anderson BJ, Stein MD. Use and assessment of complementary and alternative therapies by intravenous drug users. Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2003 May;29(2):401-13.

Manheimer E, Berman B. Cochrane for CAM Providers: Evidence for Action. Altern Ther Health Med. 2003 Sept/Oct;9(5):110-12. [Editor review]

Manheimer E, Berman B. NCCAM Support for Cochrane CAM Field. Complement Ther Med. 2003 Dec;11:268-71. [Editor review]

Gagnier JJ, Chrubasik S, Manheimer E. Harpagophytum procumbens for osteoarthritis and low back pain: A systematic review.  BMC Complement Altern Med. 2004 Sep;4(13).

Liu JP, Manheimer E, Shi Y, Gluud C. Chinese herbal medicines for severe acute respiratory syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J Altern Complement Med. 2004 Dec; 10(6):1041-51.

Manheimer E, White A, Berman B, Forys K, Ernst E. Meta-analysis: Acupuncture for low back pain.  Ann Intern Med. 2005 Apr 19;142(8):651-663.

Liu JP, Manheimer E, Yang M. Herbal medicines for treating HIV infection and AIDS. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2005, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD003937. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD003937.pub2.

Manheimer E, Berman B.  Exploring, evaluating and applying the results of systematic reviews of CAM therapies. EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. 2005 May;1(3):210-14 [Editor review]

Manheimer E, Berman B. The 13th International Cochrane Colloquium in Melbourne:  An invitation for CAM researchers and consumers. J Altern Complement Med.  2005 Aug; 11(4):733-4.

Manheimer E, Ezzo J, Hadhazy V, Berman B. Published reports of acupuncture trials showed important limitations. J Clin Epidemiol. 2006 Feb;59(2):107-13.

Manheimer E, Berman B. Producing and disseminating systematic reviews: A summary of the CAM-related work presented at the 13th International Cochrane Colloquium. J Altern Complement Med. 2006 Mar;12(2):193-6.

Lim B, Manheimer E, Lao L, Ziea E, Wisniewski J, Liu J, Berman B. Acupuncture for treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Oct 18;(4):CD005111. Review.

Manheimer E, Lim B, Lao L, Berman B. Acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis - a randomised trial using a novel sham. Acupunct Med. 2006 Dec;24 Suppl:S7-14.

Manheimer E, Linde K, Lao L, Bouter BM, Berman BM. Meta-analysis: acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis. Ann Intern Med. 2007 Jun;146(12):xx.

Book chapters

Manheimer E, Dickersin K.  Guide for submission of handsearch results to CENTRAL [Online]. 1999, URL:  http://www.cochrane.us/centralmn.htm#SpecRegs.

Manheimer E, Dickersin K, Lefebvre C, Starr M, Clarke M.  The CENTRAL Management Plan [Online].   Manheimer E (Ed.), 2000, URL:  http://www.cochrane.us/centralmn.htm#SpecRegs.

Manheimer E, Dickersin K.  Guide for submission of specialized registers to CENTRAL [Online].  2000, URL:  http://www.cochrane.us/centralmn.htm#SpecRegs.

Manheimer E.  How the Cochrane controlled trials register is produced. In: The Cochrane Library.  Oxford: Update Software, 2002 (published electronically in The Cochrane Library up until 2002)

Higgins JPT, Green S, editors. Locating and selecting studies. Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions 4.2.5 [updated May 2005]; Section 5. In: The Cochrane Library, Issue 4, 2005. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. (Work was acknowledged by the following statement:  "[Section 5] was largely rewritten in 2002 by Eric Manheimer with input from Kay Dickersin and members of the Handbook Advisory Group", Cochrane Handbook, p. 3.)

Committee on the Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the American Public. Chapter 5:  State of emerging evidence on CAM. In: Board of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the United States.  Washington DC: The National Academies Press; 2005. (Work was acknowledged by the following statement: "The committee would also like to thank Eric Manheimer for his contributions about emerging evidence in Chapter 5." p. XiV.)

Manheimer E* and Ezzo J*.  Systematic reviews and CAM. In Adams J, editor.  Researching Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Oxford:  Routledge; 2006. *Both authors contributed equally.