Early Career Professionals Cochrane Group

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.


Although the exact activities of the group are still being determined, some planned activities of the Early Career Professionals group will consist of:

  • Early Career Professionals Cochrane journal club
  • Active involvement of the Early Career Professional Cochrane group at the annual Cochrane Colloquium, including special sessions.

We welcome any feedback on how the Early Career Professional Cochrane group  can better serve its members and community. Please feel free to contact one of us below.

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.

Email: robinvernooij@gmail.com - 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.

Email: ahmad.pub@gmail.com - Twitter: @AhmadSofiM

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.

Email: andres.viteri@ute.edu.ec - Twitter: @andresjo13

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. 

Email: emma.j.cartwright@gmail.com - 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.

Email: kesekedy2008@yahoo.com, etiennengeh@rohercamgroup.org - 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.

Email: Heidi.Gardner1@abdn.ac.uk – 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.

Email: Ibrahem.W.Hanafi@gmail.com - Twitter: @Ibrahem_Hanafi

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.

Email: joel.pollet.ft@gmail.com

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.

Email: mmaderaa@unicartagena.edu.co - 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.

Email: ndieuphrasiaebaiatuh@gmail.com - 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.

Email: santiagocdo@gmail.com - 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.

Email: stanveer@umaryland.edu - 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.

Email: devjits@mcmaster.ca - @TahiraDevji

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