Conferences, workshops, presentations
13 January 2020: Re-Check withdraws with immediate effect from the #MédiaLabInvestigation, the CFI project where Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva were to train and coach eight journalists on their investigations in the field of health and medicine. This decision was made due to the role CFI has played in the harassment and the sentencing of Beninese journalist Ignace Sossou: instead of supporting him, CFI directly contributed to his imprisonment. Such actions are contrary to the principles of ethics and integrity that Re-Check defends. Under these circumstances, Re-Check can no longer be partner of CFI. Letter sent to CFI (PDF)
Conferences, workshops, presentations
16 November 2019: Catherine Riva joined the conference «Medical scandals: the role of journalists and whistleblowers» at the Health Trade Fair organized by Planète Santé. Panel discussion with Christophe Ungar (RTS) and Prof. Olivier Lamy (CHUV), moderated by Isabelle Moncada (RTS). CERM Martigny (CH).
7-9 October 2019: Catherine Riva joined the 4Es Forum Improving the detection, analysis and reporting of harms in medicines, a three-day workshop organized and sponsored by the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM Oxford) and Uppsala Monitoring Centre, WHO’s Programme for International Drug Monitoring. At the session “Potential solutions to the problems of pre-marketing approvals”, Catherine spoke about Re-Check investigation’s findings on ghost-management and capture at work during the HPV vaccine approval and our Re-Check on-going research project on ghost-management (GhoMan – Chasing the Ghosts). Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice (I).
25-29 September 2019: At the Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2019 (GIJC19) in Hamburg (D) two Re-Check presentations by Serena Tinari: an half-day workshop organized by CFI, the French media development agency, and GIJN’s Investigating Health and Medicine – Tips & Techniques (1).
At GIJC19 was launched #MédiaLabInvestigation, a new CFI project to support the specialization of investigative journalists in the field of health and the production of quality investigations. Re-Check is excited to be involved in the project to provide consultancy, training and mentorship in collaboration with Tunisian investigative journalist Hanene Zbiss Zbiss. At GIJC19 Serena contributed also to the “Documentaries Track” with the panels How to Finance Your Investigative Documentary, Pitching Your Documentary Idea and the coaching session Meet the Mentor.
4 July 2019: Keynote Serena Tinari “Evidence-Based Medicine and muckraking: investigating health and medicine”. Congrès de l’immersion communautaire, Faculty of Medicine, Lausanne University (CH).
31 May 2019: Coaching of Pitch section finalists by Serena Tinari and Susanne Reber. DIG Awards, international investigative film festival, Riccione (I).
16-19 May 2019: European Investigative Journalism Conference Dataharvest #EIJC19, Mechelen (B). Panels by Serena Tinari:“Be a better health and medicine reporter” and “Safety when crossing borders”; Serena also moderated the debates “How to apply for work grants – meet the right funder” and “Journalism with a cause – about journalism versus advocacy”.
20 May 2019: Presentation by Catherine Riva “HPV vaccines – EBM and investigations”. On invitation by the research team for evaluation and modeling of therapeutics effects (Equipe Evaluation et modélisation des effets thérapeutiques), Pr Rémy Boussageaon, Pr Michel Cucherat et Pr François Gueyffier. Clinical Pharmacology department – UMR 5558, Faculty of Medicine Laennec, University of Lyon 1 (F).
6 May 2019: Presentation by Catherine Riva “Investigating and mapping ghost-management at work: the case of HPV vaccines”. Summer Institute 2019 “Feminist Activism and the Health Industries”, Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal (CND).
26 April 2019: Patti chiari (RSI) broadcasting of Serena Tinari investigation, with the collaboration of Catherine Riva, on mammography screening programs “Mammografia: serve davvero?”, with a live debate with Pr Michael Baum and Dr Olivia Pagani.
29 March 2019: Panel by Serena Tinari “Ta en grundig helsesjekk! (Take a thorough health check!)”. Yearly investigative journalism conference of SKUP (Association for critical and investigative press, http://www.skup.no/). Oseberg (Oslo) (N).
12 March 2019: Lecture by Catherine Riva “Susciter l’intérêt des médias – et endormir leur attention?”, for the Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS Promotion de la santé et santé communautaire organized by the Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (CH).
8 January 2019: Presentation by Catherine Riva “Overdiagnosis and Too Much Medicine. Take-home messages from the #PODC2018 conference”. Service of Clinical Pharmacology, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV (CH).
14-16 December 2018: Workshop by Serena Tinari and Alberto Nerazzini “Investigative TV documentaries”. DIG Awards, international investigative film festival, Milan (I).
10 December 2018: Publication by biomedical journal BMJ-EBM of “Lessons learnt on transparency, scientific process and publication ethics. The short story of a long journey to get into the public domain unpublished data, methodological flaws and bias of the Cochrane HPV vaccines review”, by Catherine Riva, Jean-Pierre Spinosa and Serena Tinari.
20-22 August 2018: Poster Mapping Ghost Management in Medical Research and Public Health by Catherine Riva and Serena Tinari. Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference #PODC2018, Copenhagen (DK).
1-3 June 2018: Coaching of Pitch section finalists by Serena Tinari and Susanne Reber and panel by Serena Tinari «Investigations without borders». DIG Awards, international investigative film festival, Riccione (I).
5 June 2018: Lecture by Catherine Riva “Susciter l’intérêt des médias – et endormir leur attention?”, for the Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS Promotion de la santé et santé communautaire organized by the Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (CH).
24-27 May 2018: European Investigative Journalism Conference Dataharvest #EIJC18, Mechelen (B). “Be a Better Health and Medicine Reporter” and panel “Mining medicines procurement: Let’s talk about pharma & public tenders” by Catherine Riva and Serena Tinari. Moderation by Serena Tinari of the debate “Journalism with a cause and journalism funded by interest organisations: Business model or grey-zone?” and the workshop “Travel Opsec for journalists”.
18 October 2017: 36.9 (RTS) broadcasting of Serena Tinari program “Prescriptions contre l’acné : le scandale continue”, adaptation in French of her Patti chiari (RSI) investigation on the teratogenic effects of acne-drug isotretinoin.
28 September 2017: Presentation by Catherine Riva “Preventing overdiagnosis: take-home messages from the #PODC2017 conference”. Service of Clinical Pharmacology, Lausanne University Hospital CHUV (CH).
17-19 August 2017: Presentation by Catherine Riva “Mammography screening, overdiagnosis and conflicts of interest. The textbook case of the first screening programs in Switzerland”. Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference #PODC2017, Québec (CND).
2-3 June 2017: “Computer-assisted and crossborder investigative journalism” training by Serena Tinari. Corso di giornalismo della Svizzera italiana, Lugano (CH).
22 May 2017: Flash School Day, a training session by Re-Check.ch in collaboration with sept.info and Impressum. University of Fribourg (CH).
9 May 2017: Presentation by Catherine Riva “Investigating health and medicine” for the series “A l’impossible, nul n’est tenu. Récits de rêves, d’audace et d’exploits” organized by Les 4 Vents, a students body of the University of Fribourg (CH).
25 April 2017: Lecture by Catherine Riva “Communiqué de presse: susciter l’intérêt des médias – et endormir leur attention?”, for the Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS Promotion de la santé et santé communautaire organized by the Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva (CH).
3 February 2017: Patti chiari (RSI) broadcasting of Serena Tinari investigation on the teratogenic effects of acne-drug isotretinoin “Pericolo in pillole”.