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, 2019/20

Alex FowlerAlexander Fowler

Alex is an academic foundation doctor at Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation trust with an interest in improving the quality of research reporting and perioperative care. He is the managing editor of an open access, peer reviewed journal (Annals of Medicine and Surgery), assistant director of the Academic Surgical Collaborative and the assistant director of Research Registry, which hopes to improve the registration of research studies.


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. 


Eoin O'Sullivan

Eoin is a Renal Specialty Trainee in Edinburgh, with an interest in improving the utilisation of high quality evidence in clinical practice and Medical Education. He thinks there's great potential for integrating evidence creation and usage into medical education at every level, which will benefit learners and patients alike. 


Sinead McGlacken-Byrne

Sinead McGlacken-Byrne

Sinead is an ST5 in paediatrics currently working in Ireland and commencing training in paediatric endocrinology and diabetes in London this year. Her research in endocrinology has resulted in international presentations and peer-reviewed publications. 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 now tutors on the Evidence-Based Education module of this programme. She is also a current Quality Improvement Scholar-in-Residence with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) and is associate editor of the journal BMJ Open Quality.

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.