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Welcome to the following new members who have recently joined G-I-N. This page will be continually updated as new members join.

Haitham Alali

Haitham Alali

Haitham Alali is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at Amman Arab University. He was a Chief Knowledge Officer in Balqa Health Directorate at Ministry of Health/Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Haitham received his Doctorate in MIS from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Department of Systems Science and Management, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, and holds an MMIS from the University of Banking and Financial Sciences.

Prior to getting his PhD, he had worked in healthcare services and management for nine years. His research interests include knowledge management in healthcare sector, development of virtual communities of practice, strategic human resource management of healthcare professionals, medical informatics, and collaborative systems.


Pamela Ginex 

Pamela Ginex

Dr Pamela Ginex is the Senior Manager for Evidence-based Practice at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). ONS is a professional association of more than 39,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Pam has a distinguished career in oncology nursing and has published and presented research on improving symptoms and impacting health behaviours for patients with cancer. She is the proud recipient of the Connie Henke Yarbro Excellence in Cancer Nursing Mentorship Award for her work with oncology nurses and is a Fellow at the New York Academy of Medicine.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh and her Doctorate in Nursing from Teacher’s College at Columbia University. 

Pam’s research interests are in symptom management and evidence-based practice. She has a specific interest in translating research findings into practice to help nurses caring for patients with cancer to provide optimal care that leads to improved outcomes. At ONS Pam oversees evidence-based practice resources and the transition of symptom management research to clinical practice guidelines.



Esra Meltem Koç

Meltem Nuzumlalý

Esra Meltem Koç graduated from Selcuk University, Meram Medical School in 2008. She has completed her specialisation in “Family Medicine” at Ankara Numune Trai­ning and Research Hospital; associate’s degree of “Management of Health Care Instituti­ons” and “Justice”; bachelor’s degree of “Business Administration” at Eskisehir Anatolian University; master’s degree of “Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics” at Hacettepe University.

Dr Koç is still training for master’s degree of “Epidemiology” at Hacettepe University, and  doctorate’s degree of “Biomedical Technologies” atIzmir Katip Celebi University. Dr. E. Meltem Koç, who is a board member of Turkish Evidence-Ba­sed Medicine Association, has participated in studies of ANHTA which is the first hospital based HTA unit founded in Turkey. Dr. Koç is still serving as Technical Officer of the Health Tech­nology Assessment International (HTAi) Interest Sub Group on HTA in Developing Count­ries. She worked in Ministry of Health, General Directorate of Health Researches Health Technology Assessment Department between 2015-2016. She has started to work at the Family Medicine Department of İzmir Katip Celebi University Medical Faculty in 2016.

Since May 2017, she has served as Director of Health Application and Research Center in İzmir Katip Celebi University Dr. Koç is fluent in English, married and has one daughter.


Think Pink - Bahrain Breast Cancer Society

Think PinkThink Pink Bahrain is a non-profit organisation that was founded by Ms. Julie Sprakel, in 2004. Over the years the money raised has been directed towards a number of areas that would better support the Kingdom in regards to breast cancer awareness, education and care. Initially donated over BD 120, 000 towards the National Mammography Drive initiated by the Ministry of health and Bahrain Cancer Society, the Charity became registered as the only standalone breast cancer society in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Our governance is in accordance with the Ministry of Social Development along with collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Members and volunteers of the Think Pink Bahrain team donate their time, expertise and business acumen to support the ongoing work of the Charity. The committee and executive board have been selected to compliment the Founders vision and enable Think Pink Bahrain to run efficiently and effectively thus ensuring the success of this mission. Nobody within the organisation is paid for their work or time.

VISION: The core principle of Think Pink Bahrain’s philosophy is education. Education is the first step to prevention. When we educate our mothers, daughters, sisters and nieces, we can help them make informed decisions, which may ultimately save their lives. Our ongoing investment in education will enable the people of Bahrain to receive and have access to the best healthcare professions with a holistic approach to breast cancer treatment.

MISSION: Think Pink Bahrain aims to empower people at grass root levels through collaboration with local affiliates to continue to promote the importance of education and screening programs and community based outreach projects.


Dr Munyaradzi Madhombiro

Dr MadhombiroMunyaradzi Madhombiro is a psychiatrist trained and working in Zimbabwe. He is a lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. He is currently enrolled for doctoral studies at the University of Stellenbosch Cape Town. 

Munyaradzi research interest is Alcohol and HIV intersection. He has published in the same area. He is also finalising on a systematic review which has brought him to the field of evidence synthesis.



Narasimman Swaminathan

Narasimman SwaminathanNarasimman Swaminathan is a Physiotherapy educator and researcher, working as Vice Principal, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed to be university), Chennai, India. He has completed his Post-graduation in Cardio Pulmonary Physiotherapy in 2003 and two years fellowship in Advanced Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) in the year 2012.

Narasimman has completed two Cochrane systematic reviews as a co-author. He has conducted several workshops on evidence based physiotherapy practice across the country. He is recognised for his academic and research contribution and received Indian association of Physiotherapists Prestigious CP Nair oration award and Golden batch of Poland Physiotherapy association. He teaches evidence based practice to the entry level and postgraduate health sciences programme and focusing on developing, adapting and implementing the guidelines in developing countries.

Danube University Krems 

Danuce University KremsDanube University Krems is a public university founded in 1994 for advanced education and funded by the federal government and the provincial government of Lower Austria. University courses are conducted according to legal regulations governing state universities and are financed through tuition fees.

The Department for Evidence-based Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology was founded in 2008 and is based on an endowed professorship of the Lower Austrian Health Fund. Founded to provide an academic basis for evidence-based decision-making in the Austrian healthcare system, the department has an official collaboration with the RTI (Research Triangle Institute)-University of North Carolina (UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center, in Chapel Hill, USA. The department hosts Cochrane Austria and is a WHO Collaborating Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.



AIMAIM Specialty Health works with leading insurers and accountable care organisations to develop evidence-based solutions that facilitate appropriate, safe, and affordable care delivery across the United States.


 Jane Turner

Jane Turner

Professor Jane Turner is a psychiatrist who has worked for over 25 years in oncology. She has taken a leading role in Australia in developing psychosocial clinical practice guidelines and is Vice-President of the International Psycho-Oncology Society. She was a member of the WHO-convened working group developing Guidelines for the Management of Cancer Pain in Adults. Through her role in IPOS which is in official relations with WHO she is participating in initiatives to enhance psychosocial education and skill development in LMICs.

Her recent research includes two RCTs of interventions to promote wellness in cancer survivors: the Conquer Fear study (a manual-based intervention for fear of cancer recurrence based on elements of metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and psycho-education), and the ENHANCES study (a nurse-delivered survivorship intervention for patients who have completed treatment for head and neck cancer). She has extensive experience in facilitation of communication skills training for diverse professional groups.


Kainat Altaf

 Kainat AltafKainat Altaf is currently studying towards a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with major in Computer from University of Engineering and Technology(UET). She is a Research Internee at Biomedical Informatics Research Laboratory (BIRL), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. Previously and has also worked as a Game developer in UET Game Studio.

Kainat is working on a project focusing on "Patient-centric scientific wellness backbone for next-generation national health-care in Pakistan". This project looks at incorporating standardised clinical guidelines to provide diagnosis of high prevalent diseases in low and middle income settings. Her aim is to provide free health care to the patients in remote and low-income regions of Pakistan. 


Regina Daumas

Regina Daumas

Regina is a medical doctor and epidemiologist, and works in a the Teaching Primary Health Care Center at the National Public Health School from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology and a PhD degree in the area of Clinical Research in Infectious Diseases. She teaches in the Family Medicine Residency Program, and develop researches with the aim of evaluating and improving local clinical practices. Dr Daumas is interested at involving patients and healthcare professionals in the development and adaptation of  clinical practice guidelines for primary health care.


Soumyadeep Bhaumik

 Soumyadeep Bhaumik

Dr Soumyadeep Bhaumik, MBBS, M. Sc (International Public Health) is a medical doctor and global health professional from India. Soumyadeep has extensive experience in evidence syntheses for leading international agencies, including for guideline development. He is also the co-Convenor of the Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Group.  His other research interests are quality of clinical practice guidelines, program implementation, equity, global health and health policy. Soumyadeep is also an Analyses Advisor, The BMJ and Associate Editor (social media), BMJ Global Health

Zohra Lassi

zohra lassi

Dr Lassi is a Perinatal Epidemiologist and a recognised leader in evidence synthesis to improve maternal and newborn health in low and middle income countries. She is currently working as an National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and an author on 8 book chapters and several research/technical reports. Her research has contributed significantly to global maternal and newborn policy and the significance of her work has resulted in invited presentations at international meetings as well.


Kevin O'Neil, MD, MHA

Kevin O’Neil

Dr. O’Neil is a pulmonary/critical care/sleep physician practicing in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.  He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and received his MD from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his postgraduate medical education while serving in the US Navy and held a variety of positions at several military teaching hospitals including Pulmonary/Critical Care Program Director, Pulmonary Division Chief and Director of Graduate Medical Education. He has completed a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. O’Neil has an interest in Respiratory Therapy education and is currently a Commissioner and Treasurer for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the organisation that accredits Respiratory Therapy training programs in the US. His guideline interests relate to work with the American College of Chest Physicians, where he is a member of their Guidelines Oversight Committee with a focus on guideline implementability.


Evidence Prime

Since its inception, Evidence Prime has provided health care professionals with world-class products aimed at streamlining the process of health care decision making. We work hard to give you the most advanced and innovative tools available to ensure your time is used as efficiently as possible.

Evidence Prime is a collaboration between McMaster University – a leading Canadian academic institution – and a group of committed, experienced Polish IT professionals. We joined forces with the aim of becoming the market leader in creating innovative IT tools for evidence-based health care professionals.

Our unique union allows us to draw experience from two domains – health and IT. Our blend of knowledge enables us to create ingenious products that streamline the decision making process of evidence-based health care.

The Evidence Prime team is always open for new challenges. We embrace the opportunity to work with other stakeholders in the healthcare domain and beyond to develop methods, systems and software. We invite you to contact us to discuss your needs. We can help you by creating out-of-the-box, tailored solutions to quickly advance your health care decision making.


Alastair Fortuin

Alastair Graeme Fortuin

Alastair Graeme Fortuin is a registered medical doctor with an MBA from the University of Cape Town and postgraduate certification in educational management and leadership from Maastricht University Alastair has been actively involved in the healthcare sector as a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator and scholar for over thirty years in Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom. His area of endeavor concerns the strategic interplay of behavioral economics, deliberate practice and implementation science in medical education and healthcare leadership as it pertains to the evaluation and modulation of change among medical doctors and students to best practice guidelines and the implications for patient safety, the learning environment, practice based learning, professional identity formation, entrustable professional activities, cognitive apprenticeship, load and scaffolding, faculty development, assessment, technology life cycles, brand equity, consumer pressure, risk management, performance indicators, benchmarking, transformation, public-private synergism, media and investor relations, organisational culture, corporate identity and branding, new product development, clinical governance, nosokinetics, and evidence-based medicine

Dr Fortuin’s field of clinical practice is anesthesia.

Tom Lang

Tom Lang

Tom Lang, MA, is an international consultant and educator in medical writing and scientific publications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he was also Senior Scientific Writer at the New England Cochrane and Evidence-Based Practice Centers at the New England Medical Center. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences, are standard references in evidenced-based medicine and medical writing. He participated in the original CONSORT, MOOSE, and PRISMA standards-setting groups and developed the SAMPL Guidelines (Statistical Analyses And Methods in the Published Literature) and the CLIP principles (for documenting Clinical And Laboratory Images in Publications).

He is Past President of the Council of Science Editors, the current Treasurer of the World Association of Medical Editors, a Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association, and the recipient of the Association’s highest award, the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Communications. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master’s degree in Communications Management is from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California.


Dr Morio Aihara

Dr Morio Aihara

Dr. Aihara is currently working as a part‐time instructor at the Hirosaki University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Japan and also studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of Pathology, Hemostasis and Thrombosis section). He is a member of the GRADE working group and a collaborator at the Minds Guideline Centre.

In 2015 Dr. Aihara published the updated manual of CPG development with the title of “GRADE system for clinical practice guideline” (2nd edition, in Japanese) and in 2016 he translated the PRISMA checklist into Japanese. In 2017 has translated the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist into Japanese and it is currently been prepared for release.



Page last updated: Apr 13, 2018
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