Editorial Base

The Editorial Base at The University of Nottingham acts as a hub for supporting a worldwide group of Professors, Doctors, Researchers and Assistants.


Clive Adams: Coordinating Editor

Working days: Tuesday - Thursday 


Professional background: Clive was born in rural Ulster, educated in Belfast and qualified in medicine (Queen's University, Belfast) in 1983. He began psychiatry in Bradford in 1985 before gaining membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists whilst in Guy's and Thomas' (London) training scheme. After a research year, he was awarded a Masters in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Clive founded the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group whilst at Oxford University, and is now Chair of Mental Health Services Research in Nottingham (UK).

Rebecca Syed

Rebecca Syed: Deputy Coordinating Editor

Working days: To be confirmed 

Since graduating in medicine from Oxford University, Rebecca has lived and worked in clinical and research capacities in Melbourne, London, Bogota and Sarajevo. Whilst in Bogota she gained a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (in Spanish) and conducted a survey of trials in mental health from low and middle income countries. She completed her training as a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry in London where she led a project to successfully introduce mental health training in Somaliland. She was a researcher at the Australian National University and worked as a psychiatrist in Canberra. Now, she works at Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit in Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok and is Honorary Associate Professor at Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham.

Claire Irving: Managing Editor
Working days: Monday - Thursday


Born in Canada and raised in Australia, Claire graduated from Edinburgh University in 1993 with a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Hons Psychology). Claire initially trained as a teacher in Secondary Science before joining the CSzG in 1996 as a volunteer author/researcher. After completing several reviews and assisting other authors complete their reviews, Claire was appointed Managing Editor of the CSzG in 2009.

Farhad Shokraneh: Information Specialist
Working days: Monday - Friday


Professional background: Born and raised in Ardabil (Iran), Farhad studied at Tabriz University of Medical Sciences and Iran University of Medical Science and was awarded a BSc and MS in Medical Library and Information Sciences. As an information specialist, Farhad worked in various clinical research teams as a searcher and as an information manager. Farhad joined the CSzG in 2013 and his main role is the development of information retrieval and management methods for study-based registers and databases.

Jackie Patrick: Personal Assistant to Clive Adams
Working days: To be confirmed


Jackie worked for nearly 30 years with the Commercial Team at Nottingham Forest Football Club before joining the CSzG in 2014.