Field News

March 2016

Dear Cochrane Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Sandra Rees who joined Cochrane Child Health on March 14, 2016 as the new Field Coordinator.  Sandra is a pharmacist with over 20 years of experience in a variety of roles in healthcare, quality improvement, behavioural change, and research. She began her career working in retail and hospital pharmacy while conducting pharmacy research. After 10 years of pharmacy work, she moved into provincial and national roles with a focus on championing the use of evidence in policy and clinical decisions. More recently, Sandra managed a provincial primary care quality improvement program for patients with diabetes while completing her Masters of Public Health in Health Policy and Management degree at the University of Alberta. Sandra also has a wealth of knowledge in successfully engaging patients in health research and was instrumental in the development and launch of the newly formed Alberta Patient Engagement Platform under the Canadian Strategy for Patient Oriented Research. Sandra will be working closely with Denise Thomson, one of the Field Directors, and she looks forward to working with her new Cochrane colleagues.

Best wishes,

Lisa

Lisa Hartling, PhD
Co-Director, Cochrane Child Health

October 2014

Dear Cochrane Colleagues,

 
I am writing to let you know that Denise Thomson, long-time Child Health Field Coordinator, has accepted a new full-time position with the Alberta unit of Canada’s national Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research initiative.  This is an exciting opportunity for her and we wish her very well in her new role.  Denise will not be leaving the Child Health Field entirely, however, as she has now been appointed as a Field Director, joining Drs. Katrina Williams (Australia), Ricardo Fernandes (Portugal) and myself in Canada.  In this capacity, she will provide support and direction to the Field's staff as they carry out our projects.
 
Denise will continue in her roles as Chair of the Cochrane Fields Executive and as Fields representative on the Cochrane Steering Group.  
 
I am also very pleased to announce that, at the Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, Denise was presented with the 2014 Chris Silagy Prize.  This award is given annually to someone who has made an exceptional contribution to Cochrane.  More information about the prize is here: http://www.cochrane.org/about-us/awards-scholarships-funding-initiatives/annual-prizes-and-awards/chris-silagy-prize.  Please join me in congratulating Denise on this honour.  
 
Best wishes,
 
Lisa

Lisa Hartling, PhD
Co-Director, Cochrane Child Health