Sebastian Straube

My primary research interest is in evidence-based medicine (systematic reviews and meta-analyses). Research areas of interest include occupational and social medicine as well as pain and perinatal medicine.

I serve on the editorial boards of several journals including Pain, BioMed Research International, and International Scholarly Research Notices as well as the Cochrane Collaboration (Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care review group and Cochrane Work review group). I am a member of the committee of the Special Interest Group on Systematic Reviews in Pain Relief of the International Association for the Study of Pain.


Habilitation, University of Göttingen, Germany, 2010
BM BCh (MD equivalent), University of Oxford, England, 2007
DPhil (PhD equivalent), University of Oxford, England, 2004
MA (Oxon), University of Oxford, England, 2004
BA, University of Oxford, England, 2000


Poster Prize, North German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics, 2009
Gustav Born Scholarship in Biomedical Sciences, St Peter's College (University of Oxford) 2001
Christopher Welch Scholarship in Biological Sciences, University of Oxford, 2000

Selected Publications

Moore RA, Wiffen PJ, Eccleston C, Derry S, Baron R, Bell RF, Furlan AD, Gilron I, Haroutounian S, Katz NP, Lipman AG, Morley S, Peloso PM, Quessy SN, Seers K, Strassels SA, Straube S. Systematic review of enriched-enrolment randomised-withdrawal trial designs in chronic pain: a new framework for design and reporting. Pain. 2015 Aug;156(8):1382-95. PubMed PMID: 25985142.

Straube S, Derry S, Straube C, Moore RA. Vitamin D for the treatment of chronic painful conditions in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2015 May 6;5:CD007771. PubMed PMID: 25946084.

Moore RA, Derry S, Wiffen PJ, Straube S. Effects of food on pharmacokinetics of immediate release oral formulations of aspirin, dipyrone, paracetamol and NSAIDs - a systematic review. British Journal Clinical Pharmacology. 2015 Sep;80(3):381-8. PubMed PMID: 25784216.

Wolf I, Friede T, Hallier E, Straube S. Work-related outcomes in randomised placebo-controlled pain trials: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. 2014 Jul 15;9:25. PubMed PMID: 25057282.

Seidler A, Jähnichen S, Hegewald J, Fishta A, Krug O, Rüter L, Strik C, Hallier E, Straube S. Systematic review and quantification of respiratory cancer risk for occupational exposure to hexavalent chromium. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2013 Nov;86(8):943-55. PubMed PMID: 23079792.

Current Projects

Effectiveness and safety of high dose opioid therapy in WCB Alberta claimants
Principal investigator
funded by the Centre for Effective Business Management of Addiction Treatment (Alberta School of Business) and the Worker's Compensation Board Alberta