Editorial team

Chris Cates, Co-ordinating Editor

Chris has been involved with Cochrane since 1996. He has been Co-ordinating Editor of the Airways Group since 2003 and has overall responsibility for the Groups' reviews and protocols. He has worked in primary care for over 20 years and has a particular interest in the application of evidence based medicine.

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Rebecca Normansell, Deputy Co-ordinating Editor

Becky joined Cochrane Airways in 2012 when she updated two Cochrane Reviews as part of her clinical academic training. Since then, she has taken on the role of Feedback Editor and is now Deputy Co-ordinating Editor alongside Chris. She is a qualified general practitioner and is currently studying for an MSc Public Health.

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Emma Dennett, Managing Editor

Emma manages and supports everyone working with Cochrane Airways on a day-to-day basis. Emma provides authors with the support and training needed to write Cochrane Reviews and works together with editors, peer reviewers and authors to steer reviews through the editorial process. Emma joined Airways in 2009 and spent ten months writing systematic reviews on asthma and COPD interventions. Prior to that, her background was in organic chemistry and drug discovery and she has an interest in the public understanding of science and evidence.

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Elizabeth Stovold, Information Specialist

Liz is responsible for building and maintaining a register of controlled trials in the area of obstructive airways diseases. This register is published in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) in the Cochrane Library. Liz also provides support for authors for the search methods of their reviews, and can help with obtaining papers and translations. Liz joined the Group in 2003 and has a background in information management.

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Emma Jackson, Editorial Assistant

Emma joined the editorial base team in April 2011 to help with the day-to-day running of the group. Emma helps authors obtain translations, manages the peer review process and works with consumers on plain language summaries.  Emma has previously held operational and administrative roles in hotels, private and charitable healthcare and financial services.

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Kayleigh Kew, Systematic Reviewer

Kayleigh is currently working on a suite of systematic reviews for interventions for asthma as part of an NIHR funded programme of work. Before joining Cochrane Airways in November 2012 to work on reviews of treatments for COPD including a network meta-analysis, Kayleigh worked at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health in the UK. 

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Susan Hansen, Handsearcher

Susan handsearches the abstracts of respiratory conferences to identify reports of trials for inclusion in the Airways Group Register. She previously worked as a research assistant/assistant information specialist for the Group.


Editorial Board

Prof Anne Chang (Brisbane, Australia)

Dr Jimmy Chong (Tauranga, New Zealand)

Prof Francine Ducharme (Montreal, Canada)

Dr Mike Greenstone (Hull, UK)

A/Prof Anne Holland (Melbourne, Australia)

Mr Toby Lasserson (London, UK)

Dr Christian Osadnik (Leuven, Belgium)

Prof Phillippa Poole (Auckland, New Zealand)

A/Prof Milo Puhan (Zurich, Switzerland)

Prof Brian Rowe (Edmonton, Canada)

Prof Sally Spencer (Ormskirk, UK)

Dr Wouter Van Geffen (Leeuwarden, the Netherlands)

Dr Julia Walters (Hobart, Australia)

Prof Haydn Walters (Hobart, Australia)

Dr John White (York, UK)

Prof John Wright (Bradford, UK)

Prof Ian Yang (Queensland, Australia)

Associate Editors

Sean Beggs

Kristin Carson

Feedback Editor

Christian Osadnik (Melbourne, Australia)

Declarations of interest

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We are grateful to all the people we work with for their hard work drafting, commenting on draft reviews and translating articles for inclusion in Cochrane Reviews.