Cochrane UK Senior Fellows

Chris Cates

Christopher Cates

Senior Fellow in Cochrane Methods Training

E   ccates@sgul.ac.uk

Dr Christopher Cates has worked in primary care as a family doctor in England for 23 years, and has a particular interest in the application of evidence to clinical practice. Dr Cates started as a systematic reviewer with Cochrane Airways at St George’s University of London in 1995 and has authored a number of systematic reviews summarising the risks and benefits of a variety of inhaled treatments and vaccinations for asthma and COPD. He has been Co-ordinating Editor of Cochrane Airways since 2003 and is now a senior fellow at Cochrane UK, where he has responsibility for oversight of Cochrane Training in the UK. His website includes an online calculator which will create Cates plots. These are smiley face plots that visually communicate the risks and benefits of treatment. The plots help explain how the effects of treatment apply to high-risk and low-risk patients, and how benefits and risks of treatments can be compared.

Lynda Ware

Senior Fellow in General Practice

E   lynda.ware@cochrane.nhs.uk

Lynda is a Senior Fellow in General Practice with Cochrane UK. Her background is in primary care and she was a GP partner in rural Oxfordshire for over thirty years with particular clinical interests in psychiatry and women's health.  Since joining Cochrane UK in 2014, she has visited many village halls and community centres around Oxford talking to non-medical audiences about evidence-based medicine (EBM) and its relevance to everyday life. With a colleague, Lynda now visits schools to meet students from Years 10 to 13 to teach about EBM and to encourage critical thinking, particularly around health care claims made in the media. She blogs about Cochrane reviews for the Evidently Cochrane website. You can read Lynda's blogs on Evidently Cochrane here.

Emma Plugge

Emma Plugge

Senior Fellow in Public Health

E   emma.plugge@cochrane.nhs.uk

Emma Plugge is Cochrane UK's Senior Fellow in Public Health. Emma's two distinct areas of research interest are the health of socially excluded groups and educational research. Her previous research has examined the health of prisoners, drug users, commercial sex workers, probationers, those living in poverty and migrants. The current focus is on the health of prisoners across Europe and Central Asia, linking with the WHO Collaborating Centre for the Health in Prisons Programme, WHO European Region. Other strands of research include work on the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in affected communities in the UK through community researchers. You can read Emma's blogs on Evidently Cochrane here.

Robert WaltonRobert Walton

Senior Fellow in General Practice

Robert Walton is a Cochrane UK Senior Fellow in General Practice. Robert qualified in medicine in London in 1983, having taken an intercalated degree in human pharmacology and immunology. He trained at St Georges Hospital, London and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1986. His work applying computerised decision support to prescribing drugs in the Department of Public Health and Primary care in Oxford led to a doctoral thesis in 1998. Robert was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners in 1999 and the RoyalCollege of Physicians in 2001. He became a Senior Investigator in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) in 2016. Robert is Clinical Professor of Primary Medical Care at Queen Mary and joint lead of the NIHR Research Design Service east London team, his research interests are in primary care, genetics, clinical trials and personalised medicine. Robert leads a five-year NIHR funded programme developing a novel training intervention to promote smoking cessation in pharmacies in east London which involves a substantive systematic review and meta analysis on behaviour change interventions in community pharmacies and will lead to a large scale cluster-randomised clinical trial. His research team is also developing a smartphone game to promote smoking cessation and researching a personalised/stratified medicine approach to tobacco dependence using computerised decision support. He sits on the NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research sub panel A and works as an evaluator for the European Union Horizon 2020 programme (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, New Therapies for Rare Diseases). He contributes to UK national guidance, serving on the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Outcome Indicator and Technology Appraisals Committees. He has worked as a general practitioner in Oxford since 1988. You can read Robert's blogs on Evidently Cochrane here.

 Cochrane UK Fellows

Sam Gale

Samantha Gale - Faculty of Public Health Cochrane UK Fellow

E  samantha.gale@cochrane.nhs.uk

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..

James Chan

James Chan - Cochrane UK Fellow

E   james.chan@cochrane.nhs.uk

 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.

For a list of previous Cochrane UK Fellows, click here.