About us


Just launched, a special version of the NMA App MetaInsight,  MetaInsight: COVID 19

Network Meta-Analysis of Pharmacological treatments for COVID 19: Tool for exploration, re-analysis, sensitivity analysis, and interrogation of data from living systematic reviews



All enquiries from NIHR-funded researchers, and those applying for NIHR funding should now be directed to the Methods Support Unit:



The NIHR Complex Reviews Support Unit (CRSU) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (project number 14/178/29)  

The CRSU will focus on providing timely and appropriate support for the delivery of complex reviews that are funded and/or supported by NIHR. These include Cochrane reviews, reviews funded by the Systematic Review Programme and other NIHR programmes, and other NHS and NHS supported sources. The unit will also work closely with NIHR to support scoping and prioritising of future complex reviews.


  • To provide flexible, timely and appropriate response to specific requests, to support successful delivery of the complex reviews
  • To contribute to building capacity and capability within the research community

Expertise within the CRSU


University of Glasgow

  • Institute of Health and Wellbeing
  • Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment
  • MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
  • Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences

University of Leicester

  • Biostatistics Group

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

  • Department of Health Service Research and Policy

Expert Panel

  • The core institutions above
  • MRC Clinical Trials Unit Hub for Trials Methodology at UCL