Cochrane has embarked on a major change programme to deliver our Strategy for change and ensure we continue to be relevant and responsive to global health and care needs. The creation of Cochrane Thematic Groups is a key part of the new model for delivering the high-quality, independent and timely Cochrane evidence that our stakeholders need.

Applications to establish a Cochrane Thematic Group

The first round of applications to establish a Cochrane Thematic Group closed on August 5 2022. Eight applications will now be considered by the Editor in Chief and a panel of people drawn from within and outside Cochrane, including members from the Editorial Board and Cochrane Council

Assessment panel members

Brief biographies for all panel members are available here.

Lisa Askie
Scientist and Methods Lead, Quality Norms and Standards Department, Science Division, World Health Organization, Geneva.

Lisa Bero
Professor, Medicine and Public Health and Chief Scientist, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center, Affiliate Professor, Sydney School of Pharmacy and Charles Perkins Centre, and Cochrane Senior Research Integrity Editor.

Patricia Cassano
Professor and Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences; Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director of Graduate Studies for the Minor Field of Epidemiology in the Cornell University Graduate School and Alan D. Mathios Professor in the College of Human Ecology. Dr Cassano is also Director of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centre on Nutrition Research for Health at Cornell University and Director of the Cochrane US Network Cornell University Affiliate Center on Nutrition. 

Robert Dellavalle
US Department of Veterans Affairs Executive Director for Dermatology; Office of Specialty Care Services; Chief of Dermatology for the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System; Professor of Dermatology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Professor of Public Health, Colorado School of Public Health; Director of the University of Colorado Anschutz US Cochrane Affiliate; Joint Co-Ordinating Editor of Cochrane Skin, and a Co-Chair of Cochrane Council.

Declan Devane
Chair in Health Research Methodology and Deputy Dean of the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at NUI Galway, Ireland; Director of Evidence Synthesis Ireland; Scientific Director of Cochrane Ireland and Scientific Director of the Health Research Board-Trials Methodology Research Network.

Davina Ghersi
Senior Principal Research Scientist, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia and Adjunct Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

Eva Madrid
Full Professor at the School of Medicine Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile and Director of the Cochrane Associate Centre at the Universidad de Valparaíso.

Ana Beatriz Pizarro
Research assistant, Fundación Valle del Lili, Colombia; Junior Researcher, Evidence Aid, UK and member of the Cochrane Early Career Professionals Group.

Yemisi Takwoingi
Professor of Test Evaluation and Evidence Synthesis, and Deputy Director, Institute of Applied Health Research, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

The successful pilot groups will be announced in stages. We aim to share a full and final list for the this first round of applications by mid-November 2022.

All applications were completed using a standard template, based on guidance. Any queries about the application process should be sent to