Our team

Leadership Team

Claire Allen

Claire Allen – Programme Operations Manager

Claire has been with Evidence Aid since the very beginning. She worked for Cochrane for 15 years, during which time Evidence Aid was born as a project within the Cochrane family. When Evidence Aid became an independent entity, Claire moved over to become its first (and, for some time, only) member of staff. Claire is responsible for Evidence Aid’s programme of research resources and works with our very committed advisors and volunteers to ensure that those resources are usable, useful and used.

Mike Clarke

Mike Clarke – Research Director Emeritus

Mike Clarke is one of the founders of Evidence Aid, helping to establish the initiative in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. He is Professor and Director of the All-Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research at the Centre for Public Health in Queen’s University Belfast. Before this, he was Director of the UK Cochrane Centre. Mike has worked on several large randomized trials and dozens of systematic reviews in a wide range of areas. As our volunteer Research Director Emeritus, Mike has advisory oversight on all Evidence Aid’s work and is also the Chair of our Board of Trustees.

Jane Copsey – Administrator

Jane has over 30 years experience in administration, project and general management.  Jane works part-time to support Evidence Aid.

Project Teams

Noah Dixon: Communications Assistant, WHO Knowledge Hub

Noah is currently in the latter stages of his final year of my undergraduate degree, BSc Biomedical Sciences, at Cardiff University, looking to undertake an MSc in Management in 2021-22. He is working with Brian Li, Anish Jammu and Firas Khalid on an Evidence Aid collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop a one stop shop for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies as a key milestone towards achieving the goal of evidence-informed decision-making in crises.

Anish Jammu

Anish Jammu: Junior Researcher, WHO Knowledge Hub

Anish has recently completed a M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University and has a strong interest in evidence-based medicine and knowledge translation. She has been critical in the senior editorial team for the Evidence Aid Covid-19 evidence collection and is now working with Noah Dixon, Brian Li and Firas Khalid on an Evidence Aid collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop a one stop shop for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies as a key milestone towards achieving the goal of evidence-informed decision-making in crises.

Firas Khalid: Senior Research Manager, WHO Knowledge Hub and PAHO Health Systems Collection

Ahmad Firas Khalid is a medical doctor, a health policy and system researcher and lecturer, and a knowledge translation professional. Firas completed his PhD in Health Policy at McMaster University with a focus on supporting the use of research evidence to inform decision-making in crisis zones. Currently, Firas is a Senior Research Manager at Evidence Aid managing the development of a World Health Organization Knowledge Hub: a global “one stop shop” for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies. Recently, Firas worked as a Senior Research and Learning Consultant at the Canadian Red Cross working on Epidemic Prevention and Control COVID-19 research. Previously, Firas worked as a COVID19 Research Manager at Evidence Aid and as a Health Policy Researcher at the Research Unit on Humanitarian Stakes and Practices (UREPH) at Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Geneva, Switzerland. He also worked in the department of Child and Maternal Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Brian Li: Junior Researcher, WHO Knowledge Hub

Brian is an A.B. student at Princeton University with an interest in global health and evidence-based medicine. His experience in EBM includes work as a translator and consumer peer reviewer at Cochrane and as a research analysis intern at the Penn Medicine Center for Evidence-based Practice. He is working with Noah Dixon, Anish Jammu and Firas Khalid on an Evidence Aid collaboration with the World Health Organization to develop a one stop shop for research and evidence relating to health disasters and emergencies as a key milestone towards achieving the goal of evidence-informed decision-making in crises.

Jiewon Lim: Junior Researcher, PAHO Health Systems Collection

Jiewon is a fourth year medical student studying at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and has worked on several Evidence Aid evidence collections over the past few years. She was an intern for the Ebola evidence collection in 2019 and was one of the lead researchers in establishing the COVID-19 evidence collection in 2020. She is currently working with Firas Khalid on a collaborative evidence collection with the The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on Health Systems.

 

Team Members

Lamis Abuhaloob – Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers Intern

Lamis is a Palestinian Consultant in Oral Health and visiting fellow in UK. Her research focuses on global oral health and tackling health inequalities in vulnerable groups in low- and middle-income countries and conflict zones. She works with Evidence Aid to update, provide feedback, run search strategies and summarise relevant reviews for Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers evidence collection.

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Anderson – COVID-19 Volunteer Co-ordinator

Margaret has over 30 years experience working as a professional librarian in various healthcare and educational settings. In 2010, she took up her current role as Cochrane Information Specialist for the Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems group. As an Evidence Aid volunteer, Margaret runs regular searches to identify systematic reviews for the COVID-19 collection, and coordinates the work of the team of volunteers who screen the results.

Kaleigh Beauvais- COVID-19 Intern

Kaleigh is a recent graduate of the M.Sc. in Global Health program from McMaster University in Canada. She has a strong interest in international development especially as it relates to migrant and refugee health and is passionate about social and sustainable development around the world. Kaleigh works with the team to write and edit combined and individual summaries within Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 collection.

Maya Gadhvi – Social Media Intern

Maya is currently completing her final year of a BSc in Biological Sciences at the University of Surrey, UK. She has an interest in scientific communication and belief in making science accessible and reliable. She works with the team to manage the Evidence Aid social media platforms – Facebook and Instagram – engaging with the community and informing them of newly available summaries and other content.

Maryam Hussain – Social Media Intern

Maryam has recently completed a BHS specialised degree in Health Management at York University. She has an interest in health promotion, equity studies, and knowledge translation. Currently, Maryam is pursuing a career in health policy and works with the team to manage Evidence Aid’s social media platform on Twitter.

Sydney Johnson – COVID-19 Intern

Sydney has recently completed a M.Sc. in Global Health at McMaster University with an interest in evidence-based research and knowledge translation. She works with the team to provide editing and feedback on completed single review summaries within Evidence Aid’s COVID-19 collection..

Sudhindra Kini – COVID-19 Intern

Sudhindra is currently pursuing his final year M. Pharm at the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore. He has a strong passion for evidence-informed decision making (EIDM), health economics, comparative effectiveness research, and reducing the healthcare disparities in lower and middle-income countries. He works with the COVID-19 evidence collection team to allocate summaries to the volunteers and provide editorial support. In addition he also helps to maintain and update essential documents.

Regina Candel Martinez – Spanish/English Translator Intern

Regina is a certified Technical-Scientific and Literary English-Spanish Translator. She is doing her specialization on medical and scientific translation through a mentorship and volunteer work for several NGOs. Currently she works with Translators Without Borders and UNV. As an intern with Evidence Aid, Regina works with Paula Osorio to provide translation and proofreading services for summaries of systematic reviews.

Christine McKee

Christine McKee – Researcher

Christine is a Public Health doctor in Northern Ireland and Visiting Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast. Christine is a member of our research team, working on a range of aspects from categorising identified reviews, providing feedback to summary writers, and working on combined summaries of review topics.

Paula Osorio – Spanish/English Translator Intern

Paula is a certified English into Spanish Translator with an emphasis on technical-scientific and literary translation. She is currently completing her final year of Interpretation Studies at the Instituto Superior del Profesorado N°8 “Almirante Guillermo Brown” in Argentina to become a certified Interpreter. As an intern with Evidence Aid, Paula works with Regina Candel Martinez to provide translation and proofreading services for summaries of systematic reviews.

Natalie Palumbo – Earthquakes collection Intern

Natalie is a current student in the MSc. in Global Health Program at McMaster University in Canada. Some of her passions include geriatrics, dementia care, and global health inequities. She draws on her undergraduate background in the Arts and Science program to take an interdisciplinary approach to these issues. She is working with Div Patel and Dea Sulaj to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.

Div Patel – Earthquakes collection Intern

Div has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Biology and is currently a candidate for the Global Health MSc at McMaster University. He has a strong interest in evidenced-medicine and reducing the global burden of disease. Working on Evidence Collections aligns with his interests to educate and raise awareness of diseases, ultimately resulting in innovative solutions that reduce the global burden of disease.  He is working with Dea Sulaj and Natalie Palumbo to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.

Yasmeen Saeed – Humanitarian impact of climate change intern

Yasmeen has a bachelor’s degree in health studies from York University, specializing in health policy. She is passionate about promoting the health of communities through evidence-based research, policy analysis and advocacy. She works with the Climate Change team to provide editorial and administrative support by allocating summaries to volunteers, as well as maintaining and updating relevant documents and spreadsheets.

Grace Shepherd – COVID-19 Intern

Grace is a second year student studying a BA in Geography at the University of Birmingham, with a strong interest in international aid, development and inequality. She works with the COVID-19 team to support Christine by helping manage the combined summaries.

Nikki Spitman – COVID-19 Intern

Nikki has a bachelor’s degree in health sciences from Western University and recently completed her MSc in global health from McMaster University. She works with the COVID-19 team to provide editorial and administrative support by allocating summaries to volunteers, being their main port of communication, as well as maintaining and updating relevant documents.

Dea Sulaj – Earthquakes collection Intern

Dea has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and is currently completing her MSc in Global Health at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. She is specializing in global health management and is passionate about interdisciplinary learning. She also has interests in evidence-based policy-making and knowledge translation. She is working with Div Patel and Natalie Palumbo to update the Evidence Aid Earthquakes evidence collection.

 

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