Cochrane Child Health Team

Field Directors

     Lisa Hartling, PhD
     Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence
     University of Alberta
     Edmonton, Canada

Dr. Lisa Hartling is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She is one of the Directors of Cochrane Child Health, as well as Director of the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence and the University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center. The focus of these centers is to gather and synthesize the best available scientific evidence to help support decision-making by healthcare providers, administrators, and patients and their families. Dr. Hartling has been involved in conducting systematic reviews and methodological research around issues in systematic reviews for over 15 years, and has published extensively in this area. She is also involved in a number of knowledge translation initiatives to disseminate high quality research to inform decisions in health. She has a specific interest in evaluating novel methods of communicating health evidence to parents, families, and children.

     Ricardo Fernandes
, PhD
     Santa Maria Hospital and Faculty of Medicine
     Instituto de Medicina Molecular, University
     of Lisbon
     Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Ricardo Fernandes is an Attending Pediatrician, Assistant Professor, and Clinical Researcher with the Department of Pediatrics, Hospital Santa Maria, and the Clinical Pharmacology Unit, Instituto de Medicina Molecular, University of Lisbon, both of which are part of Lisbon's Academic Medical Centre. His research background includes clinical epidemiology, clinical trial methodology, clinimetrics and synthesis research, with training and fellowships in the Netherlands and Canada. His main clinical research interestes are pediatric respiratory disease, allergy and emergency medicine, in particular bronchiolitis, wheezing and asthma. His favored methodological topics include research on outcomes and measurement, clinical trial design, data monitoring, meta-analysis and knowledge translation in child health. He joined Cochrane Child Health as co-director in May 2013.

     Denise Thomson
     Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence
     University of Alberta
     Edmonton, Canada

Denise is a co-director of Cochrane Child Health, which has a mandate of carrying out knowledge translation of child-relevant evidence from Cochrane reviews. She currently serves on the Cochrane Steering Group and the Board of Directors of Cochrane Innovations, a company which develops business opportunities on behalf of the Cochrane Collaboration. She is the Assistant Director of the Knowledge Translation Platform of the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit. Ms. Thomson holds a MBA degree with a specialization in knowledge transfer in the Canadian health care sector as well as a MA degree, both from the University of Alberta. In 2014, Ms. Thomson was awarded the Chris Silagy Prize to recognise "an exceptional contribution to the work of the Cochrane Collaboration."

     Katrina Williams
     University of Melbourne
     Royal Children’s Hospital
     Melbourne, Australia

Professor Katrina Williams is a paediatrician and public health physician who has worked and trained in Darwin, Sydney, London, and Melbourne. Katrina is the APEX Chair of Developmental Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director, Developmental Medicine Royal Children's Hospital. Katrina is also an Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and Honorary Fellow, Deakin Child Study Centre. Her current work includes clinical care, service development, research, and evidence synthesis and translation.

Field Staff

All field staff are based at the Alberta Research Centre for Health Evidence at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Field Coordinator: Sandra Rees, BScPharm, MPH

Project Coordinator: Aireen Wingert, BA, MPH

Research Assistant: Megan Nuspl, BSc

Field Advisory Board

Dr. Lisa Bero, Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Institute for Health Policy Studies, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

Dr. Trevor Duke, Pediatrics, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Joerg Meerpohl, Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Dr. Virginia Moyer, American Board of Pediatrics, USA

Dr. Amanda Newton, Department of Pediatrics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

Dr. Martin Offringa, Child Health Evaluative Sciences, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Bob Phillips, Pediatric Oncology, Leeds General Infirmary, York, UK

Dr. Yanina Sguassero, Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina

Dr. Aron Shlonsky, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Michael Steiner, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, USA