Here are our amazing editors systematically and non-randomly listed in alphabetical order:
John has been doing meta-analysis since 1975, and his other research interests include the Drug treatment of schizophrenia, mania, depression, and the biology of major mental illnesses. He is at present the Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been on many Editorial Boards and on the FDA Psychopharmacology Advisory Committees in the United States. His achievements include Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, 2017 Lieber Prize for Schizophrenia Research, American College of Psychiatrists. Stanley Dean Award for Research in Schizophrenia, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology Lifetime Achievement Award, and Tele Award Finalist 1976 for an educational video on Movement Disorders. (Somewhat similar to Academy Award for Film but for the category of educational-industrial film.) It is a great honour to have John involved with CSzG.
Hongyong Deng (Mark)
Mark is a Professor at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Shanghai, China. His research interests are medical informatics (PythonMeta, a Python package of meta-analysis, and PyMeta, a web-based meta-analysis tool powered with the package) and EBM, especially Complementary and Alternative Medical (CAM) interventions for mental disorders. Mark worked with CSzG editorial team at the University of Nottingham as an academic visitor during 2015/12-2016/12 when he started working on CSzG's TCM reviews such as Wendan decoction, Ginkgo biloba, and Acupuncture. He also helped the team to organise TCM interventions and trials in our study-based register.
Marina is an Italian clinical psychiatrist from Livorno, west coast of Italy. She is full time employee of the Italian National Health Service and works at a Community Mental Health Centre caring for outpatients older than 18 years old. She was firstly introduced to the evidence based medicine in a course at the University of Verona and spent 7 months in Nottingham in 2009, at the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group to have her baptism of fire with systematic review, updating the Intensive Case Management review with CSzG’s help. In 2011, she collaborated with the Italian National Institute of Health, in developing guideline for the treatment of autism in children and adolescents. She focuses mainly on clinical activity maintaining a critical attitude on the interventions provided to patients by applying the analytical gaze of a systematic reviewer. She recently decided to get back to research activities, as she felt that just the clinical activity could become very mechanic and sterile if not balanced from a change of prospective. In 2016, she resumed the collaboration with CSzG as a reviewer and editor.
Adib obtained his MD from Damascus University in 1979, PhD from London University in 1990, and the MRCPsych from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK in 1992. Adib has been a consultant psychiatrist at the Waikato District Health Board, New Zealand since July 2014. Prior to that he had always worked in Damascus, with the excemption of eight years (1985 - 1993) in the UK, and a fellowship at John Hopkins University (1995-1996). Adib's interest in systematic reviews and in evidence-based medicine began in the late 1980s. He was a founding member of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group and established the Arabic Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in 1999.
Awaiting for an update.
Stefan studied medicine at the Ludwig-Maximillian Universität München. Since then he has worked as a doctor at the Klinik und Poliklinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie of the Technische Universität München, Germany, with an interim stay at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in New York and the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Oxford. Beside his contributions to the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group he is carrying out randomised controlled trials about clinical aspects of schizophrenia treatment, he is conducting research on methodological aspects of clinical trials and has interests in compliance, medical decision making and pharmocogenetics. He is also honorary Professor of Evidence-based psychopharmacological treatment at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.
Chunbo studied medicine at Shanghai Tiedao Medical College, Shanghai, China. He obtained his M.D. at Shanghai Second Medical University. He works as a psychiatrist and a researcher in Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. Besides his work with Cochrane Schizophrenia Group (editor, from 2006; he is the director of Chinese Satellite of the Schizophrenia Group), he holds Cochrane systematic review training in China every year since 2007. He is carrying out studies on cognitive ageing, physical therapy of schizophrenia and anxiety disorder. His other research interests include outcome measure of psychiatry service, etc.
Javier Ortiz Orendain
Javier is a senior psychiatry resident at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He has been working with Cochrane Mexico and Cochrane Schizophrenia since 2015. In 2017, he visited Nottingham for a month to get familiar with the inner workings of the editorial base and attended the editorial meeting. He immediately got infected by the CSzG’s spirit and accepted to become an editor. He wants to continue to work towards the goal of systematically reviewing all the clinical trials of treatments for schizophrenia. His research interests revolve around the early detection and intervention of schizophrenia, cognition in schizophrenia, and psychiatric rehabilitation strategies for schizophrenia.
Marianna Purgato, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with an interest in applying the evidence-based approach to the evaluation of the effectiveness of psychological and psychosocial interventions for mental health conditions, with a particular focus on global mental health. She is also interested in the implementation of scientific evidence into clinical practice using rigorous and innovative research methodologies. She currently works as assistant professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health and Service Evaluation, University of Verona, Italy.
Awaiting for an update.
Jun Xia studied psychology and business management at The University of Leeds, before pursuing an MSc in healthcare research methods in the same University. She joined The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group in 2005 as a systematic reviewer, and embarked on a journey to pursue evidence informed healthcare. Her main expertise is around secondary evidence synthesis, particularly systematic reviews and meta-analysis. She worked extensively with The Cochrane Collaboration and authored over 50 Cochrane systematic reviews in a diverse range of healthcare topics in both physical and mental health. She also has a strong research interest in the development of evidence-based clinical practice guideline, in particular, the use of GRADE EtD framework in guideline development.
Akhil completed medical school in Bulgaria, following which he worked as Honorary Research fellow at the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group (2006-2007), when the group was at the University of Leeds, UK. Following this he relocated to India, where he completed his Diploma in Psychological Medicine (DPM) and MD-Psychiatry from Christian Medical College(CMC)-Vellore. He continued as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at CMC-Vellore from 2015 to 2018. During this period, he was actively involved with the South Asian Cochrane Network at CMC-Vellore facilitating systematic review workshops. Since mid-2018, Akhil is living in Melbourne, Australia where he is currently working towards Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.
Lone studied medicine at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) and gained basic training in medicine, surgery and neurology before specializing in psychiatry. Lone obtained a Ph.D. degree on different aspects of antipsychotic polypharmacy in patients with schizophrenia and became Doctor of Medical Sciences with a thesis and a number of publications focusing on antipsychotic combination treatment, chronic use of and tapering off benzodiazepines and sleep disturbances in psychosis. Lone is experienced in register-based and clinical research and her research focus is on psychopharmacological treatment for psychosis, sleep disturbances in psychosis and better pharmacological treatment options for dual diagnosis patients. Lone is Chair of Clinic at Mental Health Center Copenhagen, Denmark.
Bartosz is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK. He studied evidence-based psychiatry at Technical University in Munich, Germany and subsequently at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK with clinical placements at the Maudsley Hospital, where he received his PhD in developmental psychopathology. Apart from systematic reviews and their methodology, his area of special interest is meta-research, which investigates research methods and practices to understand how to reduce biases in science and thereby deliver more reliable and secure conclusions from scientific studies. Bartosz is interested in how much we can trust the findings from clinical trials and what aspects of the research process could be improved to increase its value and reduce waste of time and research resources.
Ajit is originally from India and currently works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the Latrobe Regional Hospital, Traralgon, Australia. He has also been appointed as an Adjunct Lecturer with the Monash School of Medicine in Melbourne. Ajit finished his MBBS from the Bogomolets National Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine in 2004 and was subsequently invited to join the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group as a researcher. He later started his basic Psychiatry training in Leeds and did his higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Leeds and Bradford. After working for a few years in the UK as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, he moved to Traralgon, Australia to join the Latrobe Regional Hospital. Over the years he has published a number of Cochrane reviews and has a special interest in Childhood psychosis.
Alessandro studied medicine and is about to finish his residency in psychiatry at the University of Catania (Italy). He had the possibility to learn more about Cochrane methods in 2016 when he attended a post-graduate course about systematic reviews and meta-analyses at the University of Verona (Italy). His interest in Cochrane methods and Evidence Synthesis, in general, led him to spend one year at the Technical University of Munich (Germany). There, he focused on both pairwise and network meta-analyses methodology. His research interests include reviews on both pharmacological and psychosocial interventions, with a focus on relapse prevention in schizophrenia and antipsychotics dose management. His current methodological areas of interest are indirect comparisons methodology (i.e.: network meta-analysis and component network meta-analysis) and Living Systematic Reviews methods.
Myrto is a psychiatrist, currently working at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2002, she was accepted as the top student in the School of Medicine, AUTH, Greece (first rank) and gained a scholarship. In 2009, she started her residency in Psychiatry at the 3rd Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital AHEPA, AUTH, Greece. In 2011, she gained a scholarship from the Greek State Scholarships Foundation for one-year research in Psychiatry and moved to Munich, Germany. In April 2018, she received her board approval as a psychiatrist. Up to January 2020, she worked as a research associate, resident doctor and postdoc researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany where she completed her doctorate in psychiatry with the doctoral thesis “Meta-analysis in schizophrenia trials: comparison of chlorpromazine versus every other antipsychotic drug for schizophrenia and assessment of an imputation technique for estimating response rates from means and standard deviations in schizophrenia”.
Johannes studied medicine at the universities of Saarland/Germany and Regensburg/Germany. He obtained his M.D. (Dr. med.) from the University of Saarland and worked as a clinical psychiatrist at the community hospital of Landsberg am Lech/Germany. In 2015 he joined the section of evidence-based medicine in psychiatry and psychotherapy (lead: Prof. Stefan Leucht) at the Technical University of Munich/Germany. His research interest is evidence-based treatment of schizophrenia. Together with the group of Stefan Leucht he published several systematic reviews with (network-)meta-analysis, including Cochrane reviews, in this field.
Spyridon graduated in medicine from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (2016). Since 2018, he works as a clinical research fellow in the Section of Evidence-Based-Medicine in Psychiatry, Technical University of Munich, Germany. His research interests include evidence synthesis and pharmacoepidemiology with an emphasis on schizophrenia and neurodevelopmental disorders.
Yikang Zhu (Connie)
Yikang (Connie) works as a researcher at Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. She obtained her doctoral degree at Technical University of Munich, Germany. She firstly came into contact with Cochrane Systematic Review in 2009 when she attended the Nottingham-Shanghai Systematic Review Course in Shanghai. She has gained training in network meta-analysis when she was conducting her doctoral project in Munich. Her research interests focus on optimizing treatment in schizophrenia (e.g. drug choice in first-episode schizophrenia, optimal antipsychotic dose, and predictor of drug response and functioning outcome).
From January 2021 he will be Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology.
Vivek is our Mental Health Economic Editor and deals with economic issues surrounding Cochrane systematic reviews of schizophrenia trials. He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Tamarind Centre, a medium secure unit within the West Midlands. He completed his Masters in Health Policy and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Vivek is currently a co-applicant of an NIHR SDO funded project looking at length of stay of forensic psychiatric patients in high and medium secure settings. He is also a member of the EU-COST project which aims to collaborate across EU countries in bringing expertise in long term care of forensic psychiatric patients. His main areas of interest include forensic psychiatric research, health economics, service provision and old age forensic psychiatry.
* Each active member of our editorial team has declared their conflicts of interest here.