Early Career Professionals Cochrane Group

Contact us

Email: ecp@cochrane.org

Twitter: @CochraneECP

Join the team!

The Cochrane Early Career Professionals (ECP) group aims to provide its members opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, and expertise by providing a platform for international networking with other ECPs and members across the Cochrane community. We also focus on the development of leadership skills and promote opportunities for ECPs to shape Cochrane's mission and vision.

We are currently accepting applications for five new ECPs to join the ECP Steering Group. Ideal candidates will have an interest in contributing to the output of the ECP group (social media, journal club, online meet-ups, etc.) or representing the ECP group in other Cochrane groups. Activities associated with this role include:

  • Monthly calls, with some email interaction in between
  • Providing strategic advice on the ECP plan and opportunities to represent the ECP perspectives across other Cochrane bodies
  • Advocating for the role of ECPs in Cochrane and identifying new opportunities for engagement

For the full Terms of Reference and Expression of Interest form, please download the following application package.

Please submit completed Expression of Interest forms to ecp@cochrane.org by Tuesday 20th July; 23:59 BST. All applicants will be informed of the status of their application by Friday 30th July. 

If you have any questions, please email ecp@cochrane.org


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Starting March 2020 we have been publishing a bi-monthly newsletter:

Our mission

This group aims to provide its members opportunities to enhance their knowledge, skills, and expertise by providing a platform for international networking with early career professionals or other members in the Cochrane community. We aim to focus on the development of leadership skills for the early career members of the Cochrane community and encourage active involvement of the Early Career Professionals in shaping the mission and vision of the Cochrane community.

Core objectives

All the activities of Cochrane Early Career Professionals group could be classified in four ‘core objectives’:

  1. International networking by exchanging knowledge, experiences, and ideas members, promoting interaction between the members, and improving possibilities for research collaborations.
  2. Representing trainees by facilitating close collaboration with the Cochrane community, allowing active involvement of Early Career Professional Cochrane members in shaping the mission and vision of the Cochrane community.
  3. Active patient involvement by exploring how we, as a scientific community, can better explore the collaboration with (younger) patients in projects and research.
  4. Knowledge translation by investigating ways in which Cochrane reviews are used and how we can maximise the dissemination of results, in collaboration with the Cochrane community.


The Early Career Professionals Group hosts regular activities, including Journal Clubs, Online Meetups, as well as active involvement at the annual Cochrane Colloquium. Upcoming events are detailed here.

Recordings of Past Events: Check out the Early Career Professionals playlist on Cochrane's Youtube channel for recordings of past Journal Clubs and Online Meetups.

We welcome any feedback on how the Early Career Professional Cochrane group can better serve its members and community and suggestions for new activities. Please feel free to contact us at ecp@cochrane.org.

#WhereAreTheyNow series

We have launched a series called #WhereAreTheyNow alongside the #MyCochraneStory initiative to showcase the different career paths and opportunities available to ECPs. The goal is to 1) help early career professionals in their decision making for their career and get inspired from the stories of Cochrane members with more experience, and 2) feature middle-career researchers and celebrate their dedication to Cochrane.   

If you are a mid-career Cochrane member (broadly defined as someone 5-10 years beyond their PhD or last degree with a research track record) and would like to be featured, please download the questionnaire and return it, along with a headshot, to audrey.tan@ucl.ac.uk.

Steering group

Robin W.M. Vernooij (chair)

Robin is a post-doctoral fellow, employed at the University Medical Centre Utrecht in the Netherlands, with a special focus on epidemiology and nephrology. Apart from being previously employed by the Iberoamerican Cochrane Center for almost three years, Robin has been involved in the Cochrane community by collaborating with several Cochrane groups. His main interests are: systematic review methodology, guidelines, and population-based (registry) research.

Twitter: @robinvernooij

Ahmad Sofi Mahmudi (vice-chair)

Ahmad is a dentist, graduated from Shahid Beheshti Dental School in Tehran, Iran. He is working as a member of Cochrane Iran steering group and the manager of volunteer translators. Also, he is a steering member of Oral Health Department of Non-Communicable Diseases Research Center (NCDRC) of Iran, founder and manager of Dahaan project (delivering evidence-informed dentistry recommendations to the Iranian community), and a member of the Informed Health Choices (IHC) project.  His areas of interest are evidence-informed healthcare, health policy and management, and oral health inequalities.

Twitter: @AhmadSofiM

Ahmed Waqas

Ahmed Waqas, MBBS, is a devoted clinical academic and researcher. He works as a research fellow at the Human Development Research Foundation in Pakistan, which conducts cutting edge research in maternal and child mental health. He is also a doctoral fellow in psychiatry at the Institute of Life Science, University of Liverpool, UK. Waqas’ research in mental health, was inspired by his own struggle with depression during his second year of medical school. An avid researcher, Waqas’ research interests lie in public mental health with a primary focus on maternal and child mental health. In addition to evidence synthesis, Waqas is also involved in primary epidemiological and intervention research and applications of data science in psychiatry.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/rajput_waqas

Amena El-Harakeh

Amena is a public health professional and a research affiliate with the Clinical Research Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Lebanon. She received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy in 2017 and her BSc in Environmental Health in 2015 from AUB. Amena was awarded the Penrose Award and inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health in recognition of achievements in the field of public health. Amena has joined the Cochrane community in 2019. Her main interests focus on health systems research, priority setting, research methods, and knowledge translation.

Twitter: @AmenaElHarakeh

Andrés Viteri García

Andres is a lecturer of Evidence-Based Medicine and Research Methodology at Universidad UTE and an associate research at Cochrane Associate Centre of Ecuador. He has contributed with many Cochrane groups such Oral Health and Gynaecology and Fertility; nevertheless, he is also a contributor to Cochrane-Wikipedia and Students for Best Evidence. Main interests are: systematic review methodology, evidence-based dentistry and knowledge translation.

Twitter: @andresjo13

Audrey Tan

Audrey is a Network Support Fellow for Cochrane's Circulation and Breathing Network, working with the Airways, Heart, Hypertension, Stroke, and Vascular groups, respectively. She is an author on a number of different reviews within her Network, and is also involved in work involving research prioritisation, knowledge translation, editorial management, and capacity building for engaging in complex review methods. Audrey is excited to join the ECP communityand to help increase engagement across Cochrane's network of young researchers.

Twitter: @Audrey_R_Tan

Cecilie Utke Rank

Cecilie is a medical doctor/post-doctoral fellow in the field of Hematology and currently employed at the Department of Hematology and Pediatric Oncology Research Laboratory at Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been the principal investigator in clinical trials, and her main research area revolves around acute leukemias. She has been engaged in the activities of the Cochrane community since the beginning of 2019 - conducting a systematic review as first author. Her main interests involve systematic review methodology, statistics, and evidence-based medicine.

Twitter: @RankUtke

Chukwudi ‘Chuks’ Nnaji

Chuks is a medical doctor, public health enthusiast and implementation scientist. He is currently a PhD candidate (specializing in Epidemiology and Implementation Science) at the University of Cape Town and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). He is also currently an adjunct Senior Scientist/Epidemiologist at Cochrane South Africa, based at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), Cape Town. His research interests are in the areas of evidence based medicine, infectious disease epidemiology, vaccinology and health implementation science.

Twitter: @ChuxNesta_Nnaji

Dolly Sud

Dolly is a Senior Mental Health Pharmacist (Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust, UK) and a PhD student (Aston University,UK). Her area of research is physical health illness within mental health, specifically severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder). In particular Dolly is interested in exploring the role of pharmacy in supporting patients/service users with physical health including side effects of medication. Dolly is a member of Cochrane, an accredited member of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy and Students for Best Evidence. Other areas of interest include dyad research, mixed methods and thematic analysis.

Twitter: @dolly_sud

Emma Cartwright

Emma is a patient editor at the BMJ and also currently a PhD candidate at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, in health psychology. She initially got involved in Cochrane after receiving the Rosamund Snow award to attend the 2018 colloquium as a young consumer. Since then she has been involved in working with Cochrane to involve more young patients, and members of the public, in their work. Main interests are: Patient and public involvement, patient partnership, health psychology and health behaviour change interventions. 

Twitter: @EmmaCartwrigh1

Etienne Ngeh

Etienne Ngeh is a trained Cameroonian Physiotherapist and Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist. He is the Head of Physiotherapy Department St. Louis University Bamenda, Cameroon and leads the Physiotherapy service of the Regional Hospital Bamenda. He is the founder and promoter of the Research Organization for Health Education and Rehabilitation-Cameroon. He joined the Early Career Professional Cochrane group in 2019, currently working with other members to revamp the Africa Regional and Cameroon working groups.

Twitter: @ngehetienne 

Heidi Gardner

Heidi is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen’s Health Services Research Unit in the UK. Heidi’s work is part of the Trial Forge initiative, which is an evidence-based approach to designing, running, analysing and reporting trials; her research interests include trials methodology, efficiency, and research waste. Heidi has been involved with 2 Cochrane reviews so far, both focused on recruitment to trials.

Twitter: @heidirgardner

Ibrahem Hanafi

Ibrahem is a resident physician in Neurology at Damascus University, and he has been involved in several Cochrane groups including Schizophrenia and Lung cancer review groups and Cochrane training network. Ibrahem's main interests are: neurology, neuroscience, Neuroimaging, medical research, logic and mathematics.

Twitter: @Ibrahem_Hanafi

Jana Stojanova

Jana is a technical clinical research advisor at the Office of Investigation of the School of Medicine, University of Valparaiso, Chile. She's an associate investigator of the Interdisciplinary Centre of Health Studies and a member of the Associate Cochrane Centre at the same university. Her research interests include methods for evaluating Therapeutic Drug Monitoring as a complex intervention, and evidence synthesis in the same area.

Twitter: @jana_uv

Joel Pollet

Joel is an Italian physical therapist, whose working as researcher for the IRCCS Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, in Rovato, Italy. It works in the Cochrane Rehabilitation Headquarters, being involved in the projects of the field. Main interest are: knowledge translation and systematic review methodology.

Meisser Madera

Meisser is a PhD candidate in Methodology of Biomedical Research and Public Health at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, and is a professor at Faculty of Dentistry, University of Cartagena, Colombia. Meisser has been collaborating with the Iberoamerican Cochrane Center for the last three years, there he develops his PhD thesis and participate in some projects related to evidence-based medicine. Main interests are: systematic reviews, quality assessment of clinical practice guidelines, evidence mapping methodology and dental public health research.

Twitter: @resiem_1209

Ndi Euphrasia Ebai-Atuh

Euphrasia is currently lecturing in the Accounting department of Catholic University of Cameroon (CATUC), Bamenda and co-directing a consumer NGO; Cameroon Consumer Service Organisation (CamCoSO). Euphrasia joined Cochrane in 2017 as a consumer referee and ever since then she has peer reviewed a wide variety of reviews across several Cochrane groups. Euphrasia am passionate about consumers making evidence informed decisions.

Twitter: @Euphras01426918

Santiago Castiello

Originally from Guadalajara Mexico. He is a co-founder of Evidology.org and active collaborator in Cochrane Mexico and Cochrane Schizophrenia. He is currently reading for a DPhil in Experimental Psychology at St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, and he works in the Computational psychopathology research group. He is interested in studying reinforcement and associative learning in psychosis spectrum disorders and Schizotypy, and clinical epidemiology.

Twitter: @psscdo

Sarah Tanveer

Sarah is a current PhD student within the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research at University of Maryland, Baltimore. She has a strong interest in clinical trial methodology, pharmacoepidemiology, and evidence synthesis with a specific aim of improving evidence-based health care for patients with neurological conditions, such as migraine and headache disorders.  She is a member of Students for Best Evidence, and a peer-reviewer for Cochrane systematic reviews.

Twitter: @SarahTanveer

Tahira Devji

Tahira is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University, Canada, and is the Co-Convenor of the Cochrane PRO Methods group. Her research interests span all areas of systematic reviews and meta-analysis and guideline development, as well as knowledge translation and implementation research. Within the field of health status measurement, Tahira is leading a major program of research on enhancing methods for analyzing and interpreting PROs in clinical research and evidence-based decision-making, with a particular focus on improving methods for identification, application and appraisal of minimal important differences (MIDs) for PROs. She is also a co-author of the new PROs chapter for version 6.0 of the Cochrane Handbook.

Twitter: @TahiraDevji

Wong Chun Hoong

Chun Hoong is a Registered Pharmacist in Malaysia. He has been involved in the translation of Cochrane Plain Language Summary for both Malay and Chinese (Simplified and Traditional) languages. Furthermore, he has produced and translated several blogshots for the Cochrane First Aid Group. His areas of interest include drug discovery, clinical pharmacy and pharmacotherapeutics, evidence-based medicine, knowledge translation, and systematic review methodology.

Wouter Timmerman

Wouter is a Belgian PhD student at the Edith Cowan University in Australia, within the School of Medical and Health Sciences. His main research focuses are on endurance exercise improvement and methodological comparisons within exercise physiology. Other research interests are systematic review methodology and meta-analyses, philosophy of science, and meta-research.

Twitter: @timmermanwouter


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