James Chan - Chair of the Cochrane Trainees Advisory Group, 2017/8
James is an ST7 Specialty Registrar in Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the Oxford Deanery and Honorary Lecturer at the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, University of Oxford. He is passionate about education and the practice of evidence-based medicine, particularly in specialties where evidence is sparse. He hopes to make an impact in his role as Chair of the Cochrane Trainees Advisory Group 2017/8.
James graduated from Cambridge University in 2004 and gained Membership at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2008. In 2010, he undertook 4 years of full time translational research, culminating in the award of a DPhil, on targeting the early inflammatory pathways to promote bone repair as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow and Royal College of Surgeons of England Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology, Oxford University. He was Senior Scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford University, and recipient of other awards including the European Federation of Immunological Societies Travel Grant, Best Oral Presentation at the Bone research Society meeting, Barron Prize (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) and UK-Israel Regenerative Medicine Conference Travel Award. He has also received grants from the Paton-Masser Memorial Fund (BAPRAS) and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He remains active as a clinician scientist and aims to bridge the gap between the bench and bedside.
Samantha Gale - Secretary of the Cochrane Trainees Advisory Group, 2017/8
Samantha is an ST4 public health specialty registrar in the Oxford Deanery. She is currently undertaking an update of a Cochrane systematic review with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group and is CUKI Trainee Advisory Group Secretary. Samantha graduated from Cambridge University in 2010. After completing the Foundation Programme, she was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study a Masters in Public Health at the University of Hong Kong, where she was awarded the Professor Anthony J Hedley Scholarship for Master of Public Health, a HKU CEDARS Gold Award for volunteer work, and graduated with Distinction. She returned to the UK and started training in paediatrics before deciding to train in public health. In between, she worked as a Clinical Educator at the University of Buckingham Medical School and obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. She is still involved in teaching and medical education research at the University of Buckingham.