Farhad, Team Leader
Farhad is an information scientist and a systematic reviewer since 2004. He is currently working at King’s College London holding a PhD in Evidence Synthesis. As a methodologist, he is a co-author of searching and screening chapter in the 2nd edition of Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions and a contributor to reporitng guidelines such as PRISMA.
He has been invited to deliver lectures on systematic reviews and recently delivered the most viewed webinar of Elsevier’s channel (Watch here). He was invited speaker in Search Solutions 2018 and since then he delivers tutorials for British Computer Society (the Chartered Institute for IT). In 2019, he was awarded by the head of Nottingham’s School of Medicine for exceptional performance in research and teaching (based on students’ feedback). His most recent free webinar attracted hundreds of participants from 38 countries. Watch the recording for free: Computer Programs for Semi-Automation of Evidence Synthesis
Farhad has worked with 16 Cochrane Groups and contributed to over 400 Cochrane systematic reviews. As a result, he is also among top 10 responding volunteers in Cochrane. His main area of volunteering with Cochrane is data extraction from non-English studies.
In his spare time, he curates Systematic Review and Academic Writing topics on ResearchGate, and has added over 329 answers to the questions asked by the researchers about these topics since 2008, the ResearchGate’s birth year.
Furthermore, he is an editor of Systematic Reviews journal and World Journal of Meta-Analysis and has peer-reviewed 77 papers for 18 journals. He recently joined Evidence Aid to fight against COVID-19.
Farhad published the first search filter for COVID-19 literature in BMJ (cited 12 times) and immediately after that he developed the first Living Search Strategy to retrieve all the literature relevant to COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 in PubMed. The report is published in Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. An independent multi-national research identified this filter as the most sensitive way of identifying literature about COVID-19.
Ambrish, Epidemiologist/Health Economist
Ambrish is a registered pharmacist with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy and a master’s degree in Biotechnology. He is a professional with strong health outcome research skills and a result-driven attitude. With more than nine years of industry/academic experience in primary and secondary evidence synthesis, he has helped the leading consulting organizations, global medical device companies, and pharmaceutical companies to generate compelling evidence to support health technology value prepositions.
He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Health Economics at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. He has experience in undertaking systematic reviews, meta-analysis, health economics and outcome research, and real-world evidence studies.
As a member of the research team, he has worked for several key national and international organizations such as WHO, Cochrane, International Decision Support Initiative, Joanna Briggs Institute, and the World Federation of Haemophilia from the UK, Canada, and Australia. See the recent guidelines he has worked on for WHO and WFH.
Ghazaleh, Senior Reviewer
Ghazaleh holds a master’s degree in information science and is an information scientist, a researcher and a volunteer with Cochrane. She used to be a teacher and a bibliotherapist before starting the data management in clinical settings. She also led the first randomised controlled trial on effect of bibliotherapy on earthquake-caused anxiety among school-aged students.
She is experienced in registers of clinical trials and systematic reviews. She also is interested in data extraction (abstraction) and management of systematic reviews. She has recently lead and finished two Cochrane systematic reviews and a scoping review and currently is working on two new Cochrane reviews. She is also working on a new overview right now. See her recent Cochrane review on Avatar Therapy and her scoping review on Post-Stroke Fatigue.
Ghazaleh has been a volunteer with Cochrane Crowd and Cochrane TaskExchange since 2016. She has helped many reviewers answering their questions or in eligibility check or data extraction of English and non-English literature.
Tina, Medical Writer and Research Consultant
Tina is a multidisciplinary researcher with a track record of delivering high quality outcomes for organisations and stakeholders across academic, clinical, governmental and not-for-profit institutions. Her most recent roles have involved managing the research activities of the National Eating Disorders Collaboration and working as a Research Consultant in the mental health space. Her work experience is underpinned by strong academic qualifications, including a PhD in biology and cognition. She is passionate about contributing to positive change through the implementation of evidence-based practices and policies, particularly within the public health and mental health space.
Vanesa, Research Analyst and Medical Writer
Vanesa is a registered Pharmacist specialised in research. Her work includes Health Technology Assessments (HTAs) for the UK National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). She also carries out research on evidence-based interventions for leading organisations in the pharmaceutical industry. She has a Master’s in Public Health from the University of York and has a particular interest in diabetes. Highly committed and driven.
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