Meet the Cochrane UK & Ireland Trainees Advisory Group

The Cochrane UK & Ireland Trainees Advisory Group (CUKI TAG) was founded in 2015. All members were selected through a competitive national recruitment process. 

"Our aim is simple: to inspire the next generation of senior doctors to embrace and practice evidence-based healthcare. We believe this is surely the way towards better healthcare. To this end, we colloborate closely with Cochrane UK to develop and deliver engagement activities for trainees across the UK and Ireland". 

Dr. James Chan, Speciality Registrar in Plastic Surgery and the 2017/18 chair of the CUKI TAG.

Who's who?

Emily Carter - Chair of the Cochrane Trainees Advisory Group, 2019-2020


Emily is a ST4 Speciality Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Oxford Deanery. She is passionate about medical education and, with the support of Cochrane UK, hopes to encourage medical and dental trainees from the UK and Ireland across different regions and specialities to engage with evidence-based clinical practice.

Emily read medicine at the University of Manchester, graduating in 2013 with a Masters of Research (Distinction) and the Boyd Prize. She was awarded an Academic Foundation Programme in Medical Education and has published and presented internationally since 2012. She gained membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2018. She secured the Leo-Pharma scholarship for MRes funding, conference scholarships; BMFMS highest scoring student abstract (2012) and RSM (2015).

She holds grants from Health Education England, Friends of the Horton, and Oxford Hospital Charities for clinical research and quality improvement projects. She was the recipient of the BSGE trainees’ bursary and is a Laparoscopic Simulation lead for the Oxford deanery (2018-2019). Her area of specialist interest is urogynaecology and she currently updating the Cochrane systematic review of mini-slings.

Tom Abbotts


Tom is an ST3 anaesthetist and researcher in anaesthesia and perioperative medicine at Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia London; and Honorary Clinical Lecturer, at the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London

 He completed his undergraduate training at the University of Oxford and subsequently a PhD, funded by the Medical Research Council, at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. He has undertaken additional postgraduate training at the University of Dundee and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr Abbott uses epidemiological methods to investigate complications occurring during and after surgery. His research interests include perioperative myocardial injury, sub-clinical cardiac failure, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, autonomic dysfunction and postoperative pulmonary complications. studied medicine at Cambridge and Barts, graduating with Proxime Accessit to the University of London Gold Medal in 2011. He is passionate about teaching and obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the RCP in 2014.

Cini Bhanu


Cini is an ST4 Academic Clinical Fellow in General Practice - based at the Primary Care & Population Health department at UCL and a GP practice in Islington. She has an interest in ageing and has been involved in mixed-methods research on dementia health inequalities, nutrition and depression in later life. She has a particular interest in complex polypharmacy and the use of large primary-care datasets to better understand this. Alongside her ACF projects, she is doing a Masters in Public Health Research and enjoys exploring the role of the arts in health & wellbeing.

Saul Crandon 


Saul is an Academic Foundation Doctor at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has a strong interest in medical imaging and promoting evidence-based medicine, particularly amongst students and other junior doctors. He hopes to grow this interest by sitting on the committee for the Cochrane UK & Ireland Trainees Advisory Group.

Saul graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2018 after being awarded an intercalated Masters of Research degree (Distinction) from the University of Leeds in 2017. He has previously served on the national committee as Secretary for the British Undergraduate Cardiovascular Association, in addition to the Liverpool Cardiology Society. Saul has published numerous cardiovascular imaging papers, and is currently working with PIE Medical Imaging on developing analysis tools for 4D flow CMR. Before joining CUKI-TAG, he was a Students4BestEvidence Pioneer and has produced numerous articles on evidence-based medicine, which currently have over 200,000 views. Saul is currently completing a national teaching qualification at the University of Oxford and is heavily involved with both teaching and mentoring medical students across the UK.

Ven Gee Lim


Ven is currently a Cardiology Registrar in the West Midlands Deanery with a subspecialty interest in Electrophysiology and Devices. 

Ven graduated from the University of Edinburgh (Honours) in 2009, obtained his MRCP in 2012 and completed his Masters in Internal Medicine (Distinction) from the University of Edinburgh in 2014. The following year, he pursued a PhD in Cardiovascular Science at University College London (out-of-programme research) where the focus of his research was on the role of SGLT2 inhibitors in cardioprotection. 

Richard Goodall


Richard is currently an academic FY2 doctor at Imperial College London and will start Core Surgical Training in Oxford in August. He already works with the Cochrane Gynae-oncology group and has co-authored several reviews.

He is looking forward to using and and developing academic and leadership skills as part of the Trainees Advisory Group.

Christin Henein

Christin Henein


Christin graduated from Newcastle University in 2012, where she gained an intercalated masters degree in stem cells and regenerative medicine with distinction. Her undergraduate and postgraduate research in limbal stem cells were funded by The Wellcome Trust and Graham Watson Award respectively.  She has a strong interest in patient safety and improvement science and has completed the Academic Foundation Programme in healthcare leadership and management at Brighton & Sussex University Hospital. She is now an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in ophthalmology at Newcastle Eye Centre.  Currently her research focuses on developing treatments for dry age-related macular degeneration. 

Boyang Liu


Boyang studied medicine at Cambridge and Barts, graduating with Proxime Accessit to the University of London Gold Medal in 2011. He is passionate about teaching and obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education from the RCP in 2014.

Boyang has presented nationally and internationally on a regular basis and is the twice winner of Best Abstract at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference. He has produced a range of research publications and literature reviews. His BHF funded research fellowship aimed to optimise the timing of surgery for patients with mitral regurgitation by using cardiac MRI to non-invasively quantify the onset of silent myocardial fibrosis - work which will soon be submitted as his doctorate. Boyang is currently continuing his clinical cardiology training in the West Midlands and most recently organised the UK's first Valvular Heart Disease - Patient Engagement Day, a conference which aimed to raise the public's awareness of the burden of valvular disease and empower patients with knowledge of the UK's latest research outcomes.

Sinead McGlacken-Byrne

Sinead McGlacken-Byrne


Sinead is an ST6 paediatric endocrinology trainee and Wellcome Trust clinical research fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. She has a particular interest in translating high quality evidence into practice across all facets of clinical and academic medicine. She has a Master's in Clinical Education from the National University of Ireland in Galway, and was last year's Quality Improvement Scholar-in-Residence with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). 

Siobhan McCormack


Siobhan is a Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics in Dublin, currently working at Children’s Health Ireland at Tallaght University Hospital. She graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2014 and was conferred as a member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in 2017.

Her research interests include general and developmental paediatrics and child public health. She has a keen interest in best practice application and quality improvement and is a member of the quality workstream for Ireland’s New Children’s Hospital. She is currently completing a Masters in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Brighton.

Kingseng Tong


Kingseng is a Foundation Doctor at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.  He graduated from Oxford University in 2018, and during his time at medical school he has developed an interest in evidence-based medicine and plastic surgery.  He has written several publications and presented at international conferences.  Through this role he hopes to encourage a wider audience, particularly junior trainees, to incorporate the latest research evidence in their daily practice. 

Christina Unwins


Christina is a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Robotic Gynaecological Oncology currently working towards an MD. She has a 1st Class Honours in BSc Medical Sciences and two distinctions in her clinical years whilst at the University of Aberdeen medical school.  She was awarded The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene National Undergraduate Project Prize in 2004 and Dr CC Smith Elective Prize (Endowed by Glaxo-Smith Kline) 2005 for her research.

During her postgraduate training Christina has gone on to gain her MRCS and MRCOG. Christina's research interest is in Robotic Surgery, specifically how it can be used to help women with Ovarian Cancer.  She is currently working towards an MD with the University of Surrey at Royal Surrey County Hospital which is the UK’s first epicentre for training in robotic surgery, a recognised centre for minimal access surgical training and research in enhanced recovery.  It also has by far the greatest experience in the UK in the use of robotics in gynaecological oncology, having performed over 1000 gynae-oncology robotic operations.

Christina is the principal author on the Cochrane intervention Review Minimally invasive surgery (robotic or laparoscopic) versus laparotomy for advanced ovarian cancer, and is greatly enjoying learning new skills supported by the Cochrane editorial team.  Following her MD, Christina plans to undertake Gynaecological Oncology subspeciality training with a view to becoming a Consultant in Gynaecological Oncology.

Jason Yuen


Jason is a ST5 Neurosurgery trainee in Plymouth/Bristol. He has a particular interest in the safety of both medical and surgical patients, and the integration of basic science research into clinical practice. He read Natural Sciences (Physics) at the University of Cambridge before graduating from the University of Oxford in graduate-entry medicine (Distinction in Clinical Medicine), where his interest in evidence-based medicine really took-off.  He is looking forward to joining the Cochrane UK & Ireland Trainees Advisory Group to further his goals in disseminating the importance of evidence-based medicine to both clinicians and the general public.