Figure 3, from 2013 Hum Reprod Update systematic review of adjuvant acupuncture for IVF. Trials with lower control group rates of clinical pregnancy showed benefits of adding acupuncture. Trials with higher control group rates of clinical pregnancy showed no benefits. With acupuncture, one size may not fit all.
Eric Manheimer was born in 1969 at Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a BA degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in 1992. He graduated with an MS degree in Epidemiology from University of Maryland (UMD) Baltimore, in 1997. Starting in 1997, he worked for five years as the coordinator and methodologist of the Baltimore (UMD, Baltimore)/Providence (Brown University)/US Cochrane center. He moved from Baltimore to Providence in 1999, with the relocation of the Cochrane Center. At the Cochrane center, he oversaw multiple projects related to clinical trial identification and registration, including the development of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, which is the most comprehensive database of trials in the world. He coordinated and wrote the Cochrane Center's Annual Reports, Monitoring Reports for the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group, and reports to Cochrane Center funding agencies, including the US National Institutes of Health and the US Centers for Disease Control. He served as Cochrane Center coordinator/methodologist during the time that Center funding increased from a single contract of $50,000, covering only the MEDLINE Retagging Project (through 2001), to multiple grants totaling over $5 million (beginning in 2002), while also being a PhD candidate at Brown University.
In late 2002, Eric moved back to Baltimore to coordinate the activities of the UMD Baltimore-based Cochrane Complementary Medicine Field ('CAM Field'), from 2003-2014. To establish and develop the Cochrane CAM Field infrastructure, some activities included: developed the CAM Field register of trials and the CAM Field 'Topics List' of Cochrane CAM-related reviews; coordinated and wrote all Monitoring Reports for the Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group and reports to the US NIH/NCCAM funding agency; coordinated summaries of CAM-related Cochrane Reviews for the lay public; coordinated review panel for a CAM Field bursary scheme with Professor David Moher. During 2006, Eric conceived and wrote a competitively reviewed NIH grant application which resulted in the award of a 5-year, $2.1 million USD grant to support the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field, from 2007-2012. During 2011, he conceived and wrote another competitively reviewed NIH grant application, which resulted in the award of a 5-year, $3 million USD grant to continue the support of the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field.
In 2006, Eric began working under the supervision of Professor Lex Bouter, in preparing a systematic review of acupuncture for knee osteoarthritis, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2007. In 2008, he was admitted as a PhD candidate in Medicine, at VU University Medical Center, under the supervision of Professors Lex Bouter and Daniëlle van der Windt. Sir Iain Chalmers provided guidance and reviews during the final year of his thesis. He was awarded a PhD on 7 November 2013.
Eric recently published the first systematic review of the Paleolithic diet. His review compared the popular paleo diet to currently recommended control diets, on chronic disease risk factors such as weight gain, insulin, cholesterol, and triglycerides. Popular blogs and books have heralded the benefits of Paleolithic nutrition and it is a food pattern of great interest to the public. However, the scientific evidence has lagged behind. The review was published in the October 2015 issue of Am J Clin Nutr, the leading nutrition journal in the world. Eric's second research focus has been the BMJ 'Analysis' article 'Thrombolysis in acute ischaemic stroke. Time for a rethink?' with Meghan Malone-Moses and Dr James McLellan of DynaMed, and Professor Kameshwar Prasad of AIIMS, led by Dr. Brian Alper. The seeds of both of these projects were planted at Cochrane Colloquia: the Paleo diet meta-analysis by Dr. Esther van Zuuren at the 2013 Quebec Colloquium banquet dinner, and the thrombolytics article by Dr. Brian Alper, at the 2014 Hyderabad Colloquium. Both challenge conventional wisdom.
Eric started a job as a medical writer at DynaMed on 27 July 2015. DynaMed is a company that challenges conventional wisdom.