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Lead researchers

The following highly experienced lead researchers make up our Centre’s management committee.

Professor Fiona Bath-Hextall

Centre Director
Professor of Evidence Based Healthcare, The University of Nottingham

Fiona has been involved in systematic reviewing since 1995 and has authored more than 25 systematic reviews, many of which are Cochrane reviews. For the last 15 years her main research area has been keratinocyte cancer (non-melanoma skin cancer); an area in which her research has had a significant impact on treating the most common cancer in humans.

As well as Professor of Evidence Based Healthcare, Fiona is also the Director of the Centre of Evidence Based Healthcare, working in partnership with clinical colleagues to support evidence synthesis and transfer.

She is an Honorary Professor in our Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology and is currently a member of the National Cancer Research Institute’s non-melanoma skin cancer subcommittee and the British Association of Dermatologists’ Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer prevention group.

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Dr Catrin Evans

Centre Deputy Director
Associate Professor/Director of Global Engagement, The University of Nottingham

Catrin is a registered nurse and also has a background in social anthropology and public health. She spent much of her initial career as a researcher and public health consultant in South and South East Asia before joining The University of Nottingham in 2003.

Catrin’s research expertise lies primarily in qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, particularly ethnography, participatory approaches, case study design and systematic review. Her research interests centre on sexual and reproductive health, HIV prevention and community based health promotion. She has published several qualitative systematic reviews on a range of topics and is an accredited JBI systematic review trainer. Within the School, Catrin teaches on global health, HIV, quality and innovation, evidence based practice and systematic reviewing. Catrin is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and is a recipient of a Lord Dearing Award for Excellence in Teaching and Education.

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Dr Joanne Cooper

Core member and (visiting) Senior Research Fellow
Head of Nursing and Midwifery Research, Nottingham University Hospital Trust

Jo holds a corporate nursing role at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), leading the development of capacity and capability in nursing and midwifery research. She also leads on the evidence based practice strategy for nursing within NUH.

Her research interests are long-term conditions and self-management and decision-making, specifically linked to gastro-intestinal and liver disorders. She undertook the JBI Systematic Review Course in 2011 and is currently involved with two JBI systematic reviews.

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Jeanette Eldridge

Senior Librarian, Medicine and Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham

Jeanette has worked in library services and information science roles for nearly 30 years. She joined The University of Nottingham’s Libraries and Research & Learning Resources department in 2014, taking on the role of as Senior Librarian aligned to Medicine and Health Sciences.

With colleagues from the Research Support Team within Libraries & RLR, she is building on the expertise developed by past incumbents in supporting researchers who are engaged in systematic reviews.


Elizabeth Hendron

Librarian, Nottingham University Hospital Trust 

Elizabeth has worked at the Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) Trust for 13 years, providing literature searching support and training for healthcare professionals undertaking research and continuing professional development. She originally trained as a Registered General Nurse before completing her BA (Hons) in Information and Library Studies.

Elizabeth is the Athens Administrator and E-Resources Librarian for the Trust, with responsibility for promoting evidence based practice. She has recently been involved in the teaching programme for the Evidence into Nursing course run by the Trust in partnership with the Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare.

In September 2015, Elizabeth also took the Centre’s JBI Systematic Review of Quantitative Evidence course.


Professor Jo Leonardi-Bee

Professor of Medical Statistics, School of Medicine, The University of Nottingham

Jo heads the Systematic Review Research group. Her main areas of research are the applications of systematic reviews and meta-analysis in the areas of tobacco control and dermatology. Her interests in tobacco control reach right across the spectrum of this topic, from smoking in pregnancy and smoking uptake in adolescence to smoking cessation and relapse prevention.

She is currently principal investigator or methodological lead on a number of key research projects related to smoking cessation, relapse, smoke-free legislation and smoking in mental health populations. These are being run in collaboration with NICE, the Health Technology Assessment programme, Cancer Research UK and the National Institute for Health Research.

Jo is also the Director of Postgraduate Taught Education for the School of Medicine, convenes the undergraduate module, Methods in Public Health and Epidemiology, and has developed two re-usable learning objects on the topic of meta-analysis.

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Professor Gina Higginbottom MBE

Mary Seacole Professor of Ethnicity and Community Health, The University of Nottingham

Gina is an alumna of the Nottingham School of Nursing and completed her PhD at the University of Sheffield. Her clinical career as a nurse, midwife and health visitor spans 22 years and she is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards.

Gina’s research portfolio focuses on ethnic minority populations and immigrant health. She particularly specialises in the broad issue of social exclusion and equity in healthcare, lay understandings of health and illness, chronic disease management in primary care, self-care strategies, the cultural congruence of healthcare services, access to and utilisation of healthcare services, and ethnic and cultural diversity in care giving. 

A further major theme in her research portfolio is international migration and maternity. This includes parenting issues, early parenthood and postnatal depression in different ethnic minority groups, and experiences of diverse ethnocultural groups during access to maternal healthcare services.

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The Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA

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