Cochrane snares our Donna in the name of science

WSLHD Mental Health senior researcher Donna Gillies has been appointed to the international Cochrane Scientific Committee.

Donna is one of 14 international members of the new committee that will represent the main decision-making body to agree what methods are employed within Cochrane and will advise the editor-in-chief.

Globally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based healthcare resources, Cochrane produces systematic reviews of primary research in human healthcare and health policy.

It investigates the effects of interventions for prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation, and assesses the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting.

The launch of the Scientific Committee is designed to strengthen the scientific integrity and oversight of methodological practice within Cochrane.

In making its judgements, the Scientific Committee will draw on expertise within the Cochrane community, particularly its methods groups.

Donna is an experienced researcher and methodologist, with extensive knowledge in managing research projects.

She has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals.

A statistical and topic reviewer for a range of international publications, Donna’s work includes developing courses and teaching in research methods, systematic reviews and evidence-based practice.

She has worked with clinicians on a range of research projects and systematic reviews.


Her involvement in Cochrane includes many roles:

  • Author representative
  • Editor (of Cochrane Review Groups on Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Problems and Diagnostic Test Accuracy; and
  • Peer reviewer and as a mentor for new authors.

She has been a member of several international committees including The Cochrane Collaboration Steering Group from 2005-2011.


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