Cochrane UK Senior Fellows
Senior Fellow in Cochrane Methods Training
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.
Senior Fellow in General Practice
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.
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
Rebecca is a ST4 Speciality Registrar in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) based in Oxford, and previously worked as a GP for two years in Devon. She has had an interest in evidence based practice since medical school and is looking forward to supporting trainees, in both primary and secondary care, to become more involved in evidence based practice.
Rebecca graduated from the University of Oxford with distinction in 2011. Whilst an undergraduate she held an Old Members’ Exhibition from 2007-09 (awarded by Lincoln College) and was awarded a Wronker Grant in 2008. She obtained MRCGP in 2016 and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the University of Bath in 2018. She has a particular interest in the role of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease and has presented at both regional and national conferences on this topic.
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.
For a list of previous Cochrane UK Fellows, click here.