Training faculty

Senior Fellow in Cochrane Methods Training

Tim Hicks

Chris Cates


Dr Christopher Cates is a senior clinical research fellow at St George’s, University of London and works as the co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Airways review group. He is currently Senior Fellow in Cochrane Methods Training.

Convenor of Cochrane Ireland & Associate Director of the UK Cochrane Centre

Tim Hicks

Dónal O’Mathúna


Dónal is Convenor of Cochrane Ireland & Associate Director of the UK Cochrane Centre. His interest in evidence-based practice has led to his involvement with Cochrane and the production of systematic reviews, particularly of complementary therapies and herbal remedies. 

Senior Lecturers

Declan Devane

Declan Devane


Professor Declan Devane is a midwife and is Professor of Midwifery at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, National University of Ireland, Galway.

Declan is fascinated by many areas of maternity care but has a particular interest in the implementation and evaluation of models of maternity care and on methods of fetal monitoring including cardiotocography and intermittent auscultation. Declan’s methodological areas of expertise are randomised trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses. He is an Associate Editor with the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, a member of the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Expert Network of Research Advisors, a past member of the Midwifery Committee of An Bord Altranais (National Nursing and Midwifery regulatory board for Ireland) and a member of the Editorial Board or Advisory Panel of a number of international peer review journals in the area of maternity care and women’s health.

Declan is married to Marcella and they have had two wonderful sons, Cillian and Senan.

Richard Canter

Richard Canter


Richard Canter is a surgeon at the Royal United Hospital, Bath in England and has been Associate Dean and Head of the Severn Deanery Postgraduate School of Surgery since 2007. As well as a spell as Programme Director in the South West, he was also Deputy Director of Surgical Education at the Royal College of Surgeons of England during development of the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum. He has been visiting Professor of Surgical Education at the University of Oxford since 2007 and Chair of the Heads of Schools of Surgery for the UK since 2009.

Ferhus Macbeth

Fergus Macbeth


Fergus Macbeth trained in medicine at Oxford University and Kings College Hospital London. He worked for many years as an oncologist with an interest in lung cancer both In Glasgow and in Cardiff, participating in and leading a number of important clinical trials. Between 1996 and 2001 he was Director of the Clinical Effectiveness Support Unit for Wales and in 2003 he set up and led the National Collaborating Centre for Cancer, developing cancer guidelines for the NICE. From 2008 to 2012 he was Director of the Centre for Clinical Practice at NICE, managing the Clinical Guideline and  Quality Standards programmes. He has been involved with the Cochrane Lung Cancer Group for 10 years and has been Joint Coordinating Editor for the last 5 years. Now retired from full time clinical practice, he is currently honorary Professor at Cardiff University and Associate Director of the Wales Cancer Trials Unit , as well as continuing to work for NICE as Mentor to the Fellows and Scholars.

Barnaby Reeves

Barnaby Reeves


Health services researcher and trialist, carrying out Health Technology Assessment primarily in hospital settings.  He is one of the seven research area leaders in both the previous (2008-2012) and current (2012-2017) NIHR Bristol Biomedical Research Units in Cardiovascular Disease, and co-Director of the UKCRC-registered Bristol Clinical Trials and Evaluation Unit.  Surgical interventions are a special interest, hence also the validity and applicability of non-randomised studies.  Current collaborations include large multi-centre trials of restrictive vs. liberal transfusion strategies, different anti-VEGF regimens to treat wet age-related macular degeneration, gastric band vs. bypass to treat morbid obesity, as well as several single centre trials of surgical, adjunctive or investigational medicinal interventions to reduce post-operative morbidity following cardiac surgery.  Co-convenor of Cochrane Collaboration Non-Randomized Studies Methods Group, focusing on the applicability of standard methods for reviewing trials to systematic reviews that include non-randomised studies and partner in a recently awarded Canadian Collaborative for Methods, Applications, and Capacity Development in Network Meta-Analysis for Drug Safety and Effectiveness.

Rafael Perera

Rafael Perera


Rafael is a University Lecturer in Medical Statistics, and the Department's Head of Statistics at The Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences as well as being a fellow at St. Hughs College, Oxford university. General interests include: monitoring in primary care, meta-analysis methods, methodology for studying infectious diseases in children, and assessing complex interventions.

Lecturers

Sheena Derry

Sheena Derry


I graduated in Zoology at Oxford and spent the first part of my working life in the laboratory, first working on pyrethroid insecticides in Portsmouth, and then on globin synthesis and thalassemia in Oxford. After a break to start a family, my return to work found me, briefly, at the Cochrane Centre working on the MEDLINE Enhancement Programme. Since then I have remained office-based and involved with EBM, working on adverse events in Clinical Pharmacology, then on pain and analgesia in the Pain Research Unit at the Churchill Hospital. I have been doing systematic reviews since 2000, with over 100 published (mostly Cochrane reviews), and have contributed to many other methodological papers. For many of these reviews I have had a medical student or doctor working alongside me, learning how to a systematic review.
My main interests are around making clinical trials more relevant to clinical practice, for example by determining which outcomes are meaningful to patients and how these should be measured, and in the way trial data are analysed, for example using different imputation methods for missing data.

Anne-Marie Glenny

Anne-Marie Glenny


Anne-Marie is a Reader in Evidence Based Health Care at the Institute of Population Health, University of Manchester (UoM). She is theme lead for Health Science Research within the School of Dentistry, where she has been an Editor with the Cochrane Oral Health Group for over 10 years. She has experience of conducting systematic reviews and developing evidence based guidelines and recommendations in a variety of disciplines.
Anne-Marie is heavily involved in postgraduate teaching within the School of Dentistry (UoM) and has led on the development of a Research Methods Unit, delivered across the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences (UoM). The unit aims to produce students who are competent in issues related to the design, execution and interpretation of clinical and clinically-related research.
She is co-chair, alongside Dr Judith Thornton (Technical Adviser, Centre for Clinical Practice) for the North West, Evidence Synthesis Network. The network is a joint undertaking between the UoM and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). The Network aims to bring together health researchers, guidelines developers and policy makers from across Greater Manchester and the North West with an interest in systematic reviews.

Toby Lasserson

Toby Lasserson


Toby is a senior editor at the Cochrane Editorial Unit. He has been part of the Cochrane Collaboration since 1999 and has contributed to its activity as a review author, managing editor and feedback editor with the Cochrane Airways Group. He has been delivering training as part of the UK Cochrane Centre training programme since 2001 having led protocol Review Manager workshops, and more recently teaching on the RA3 course. Toby has led workshops at UK and international Cochrane meetings. He has a MSc in research methods and has worked on the development of standards for the conduct and reporting of Cochrane Reviews (MECIR). Toby is a member of the GRADE working group which has developed recommendations for Summary of Findings tables in Cochrane Reviews. He has also provided input into reporting guidelines for systematic reviews outside Cochrane, having been involved in PRISMA extensions to protocols, abstracts, harms and individual participant data. 

Suzanne Martin

Suzanne Martin


Suzanne Martin is a Reader in Health Sciences at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. An Occupational Therapist by profession she has 15 years clinical experience prior to moving to the University. Suzanne’s clinical experience yields significant understanding of supporting adults and children with complex disability in a community setting. Suzanne was awarded her PhD in 2009 from the University of Ulster. Her thesis explored new and emerging technologies within health and social care. This is a long-standing interest, to understand the opportunities and impact of technology as an intervention for a range of clients within the home environment.
Suzanne leads on the Health Sciences contribution to the Translational Research and Innovation living (TRAIL) lab living lab http://trail.ulster.ac.uk/. This is a cross Faculty lab bringing together colleagues from the Faculty of Computing and Engineering and the Ulster Business School. TRAIL is a member of the European Network of Living Labs which is extremely prestigious. The purpose of the lab is to engage in user centred research in partnership with people, business and third sector delivering innovative collaborative translational research embedded within services.
Suzanne has published widely with output including free texts to support clinical colleagues implement technology enriched services. In addition she has published Cochrane literature reviews, book chapters, conference abstracts and peer reviewed academic journals.
Suzanne currently leads on Connected Health theme for the Institute of Nursing and Health Rese

Anne-Marie Bagnall

Anne-Marie Bagnall


Anne-Marie Bagnall is Reader in Evidence Synthesis (Health Inequalities) at the Centre for Health Promotion Research, Leeds Metropolitan University.
Anne-Marie has been producing systematic reviews and developing systematic review methodology for more than 15 years, both at CHPR and previously at the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York. She has produced reviews for the National Institute of health and Clinical Excellence, The Department of Health, the National Institute of Health Research, the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group and the Cochrane Injuries Group and is a methodological reviewer for the Cochrane Wounds Group. At CHPR, her role involves building capacity to undertake systematic reviews by training and supervising colleagues and postgraduate students.
Anne-Marie is particularly interested in research that improves equity in health. She has recently undertaken two NIHR-funded systematic reviews on the roles of lay people in public health, and on the effects of peer interventions on prisoner health, and has a title registered with the Cochrane Public Health Group on peer interventions in prison settings. She has expertise in systematic reviews, meta-analysis, critical appraisal and evaluations of complex interventions. Methodological areas of interest include mixed method reviews (including qualitative synthesis), knowledge translation, and other forms of evidence synthesis, such as scoping reviews, guidelines and novel ways of eliciting grey literature or other evidence from non-academic and grassroots organisations.