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Cochrane Fellowships & Cochrane Courses

The Cochrane Collaboration is a not-for-profit independent organisation dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare interventions readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions in over fifty topic areas and makes them available as The Cochrane Library.

Cochrane Ireland

In 2002, Ireland became the first country to provide free national access to The Cochrane Library, an initiative co-funded by HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Health Research Board (HRB) in the Republic of Ireland. 

The role of Cochrane Ireland is:

  • To promote The Cochrane Collaboration in Ireland
  • To serve as a source of information about The Cochrane Collaboration and its outputs
  • To highlight and maintain awareness of the benefits of systematic review methodologies and skills among stakeholders across the island of Ireland
  • To highlight and maintain awareness of the usefulness of robust evidence provided by the reviews, among health and social care practitioners and policy-makers across the island of Ireland
  • To co-ordinate and provide access to information on Cochrane activities on the island of Ireland
  • To ensure effective communication between the UK Cochrane Centre (UKCC) and the island of Ireland
  • To build upon excellent Cochrane engagement by ensuring participation of the widest range of academic and professional disciplines

In addition to providing and promoting free national access, Cochrane Ireland have developed an annual series of training courses in conjunction with the UK Cochrane Centre, and a Fellowship scheme to allow health and social care professionals, researchers and policy makers protected time to develop their capacity in conducting systematic reviews.

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As part of its capacity-building programme, HSC R&D Division, Public Health Agency provides opportunities from the Cochrane Collaboration:



1. Systematic Review Courses

The 2017 Cochrane Training Courses are CLOSED

Cochrane Ireland offer (2 day) training courses across the island of Ireland to build awareness and capacity in conducting and using systematic reviews.

For more information and to download the guidance and application form for the 2017 courses please see the Cochrane Ireland Website

NOTE: For Cochrane training courses, do not submit the application form to HSC R&D Division. Applications must be submitted on the appropriate Cochrane Ireland application form to Cochrane Ireland.


2. Cochrane Fellowships

The Cochrane Fellowship Scheme is currently under review and is unlikely to run in 2017

The Cochrane Fellowships Scheme is currently under review

The aim of the Cochrane Fellowship scheme has been to build capacity in conducting systematic reviews in the health and social care field in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and to free up protected time for applicants to conduct and maintain a systematic review and to generate a body of systematic reviews, led by Irish and Northern Irish reviewers, for inclusion in the worldwide Cochrane Library.

For more information about the fellowship scheme, please contact: Gail Johnston Tel: 028 9536 3490 Email: