Professor Martin Burton (Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of the UK Cochrane Centre and Research Fellow in Clinical Medicine) has been elected as Co-Chair of the Cochrane Board, for an initial term of two years.
Cochrane is a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers and people interested in health. It produces systematic reviews which study all of the best available evidence generated through research and make it easier to inform decisions about health; collaborators from more than 120 countries work together to produce credible, accessible health information that is free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest. Its work is recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information.
The Cochrane Governing Board is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of Cochrane’s strategic direction. It also oversees the work of Cochrane’s Chief Executive Officer and Central Executive team, which supports development and delivery of all work across Cochrane groups and projects. Martin has served as a member of the Board, and Treasurer, and already has substantial leadership experience in Cochrane as Director of Cochrane UK and Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Ear Nose & Throat Disorders Group. He will share chairing duties with Professor Cindy Farquhar, who is Co-ordinating Editor of the Gynaecology and Fertility Group, based in Auckland, New Zealand.