Snoop in the backstage of public health affairs and issues

Re-Check is a nonprofit organization specialized in investigating and mapping health affairs. We dig deeper and share our methods through conferences, workshops and trainings.

Re-Check means looking behind the scene, assessing the evidence, and digging deeper in the key players’ strategies. Follow Re-Check’s info-stream channel.

At the crossroads between Evidence-Based Medicine and investigative journalism

Re-Check, why?

Gaps

Information on health care bears major deficits. Conflicts of interest, unverified assertions and copy paste journalism.

Re-Check publishes only evidence-based information.

Flaws

Health systems are burdened by dependencies, colossal financial stakes, and flawed by a lack of scientific rigor.

Re-Check investigates and maps health care and medicine to provide a wider and more accurate perspective.

Methods

Investigation

Re-Check is in-depth research into health and medicine. We evaluate the evidence, uncover conflicts of interest, and analyze risks and benefits. We stick to the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM).

Mapping

Re-Check maps health affairs as they take place and connects the dots between players, interests and regulations.

Our diagrams allow for dependencies, power dynamics and networks of influence to be grasped at a glance.

We are two experienced investigative journalists that specialize in investigating health and medicine
We adhere to Evidence-Based medicine Medicine (EBM) principles and we rely on an international network of specialists

Catherine Riva
Catherine Riva
Catherine is specialized in public health and pharmaceuticals, with emphasis on market approval, conflicts of interest, design and methodology of clinical trials. She gives various trainings at the University of Geneva as well as in newsrooms and at conferences, in Switzerland and abroad.

She co-signed with Dr Jean-Pierre Spinosa “La piqûre de trop” (“An Injection Too Many?”- Xenia 2010), an investigative book on the controversies related to HPV vaccination.

Her research on conflicts of interest around breast cancer screening programs earned her the 2014 Media Award of the Swiss Academy of Sciences (Medicine); in 2016, she won with Sept.info the Prix Nicolas Bouvier (Prix spécial du jury) for her investigation on the Mediator case.

She published several contributions in medical journals (BMJ-EBM, Lancet).

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Serena Tinari
Serena Tinari
Serena has realized dozens of investigative documentaries for Swiss Television (RSI, RTS, SRF). Her focus is the in-depth coverage of controversial issues and thorny public health affairs.

In 2010, Serena co-signed “The Tamiflu Saga – a Pandemic Business”. This international documentary won the jury prize at the Daniel Pearl Awards and was a finalist at the IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) Gold Medal awards.

Serena is an advisor for Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) and journalismfund.eu. She is a member of ICIJ (International Consortium for Investigative Journalism) and the chairwoman of investigativ.ch, the Swiss Network of Investigative Journalists.

She is a speaker at the Global Investigative Journalism Network conferences and gives trainings on methods, standards and with Re-Check.

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