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 Hartling, PhD
Co-Director, Cochrane Child Health