The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group


The teamThe Group was initiated and has continued due to the commitment, support and enthusiasm of many people, not least Iain Chalmers and the staff of the UK Cochrane Centre.

The Cochrane Schizophrenia Group’s Register of Trials started at this time with the help of a small grant, obtained from Oxford Regional Health Authority – thanks to Iain Chalmers, Michael Gelder and Muir Gray – and much voluntary work on the part of medical students listed above in ‘Acknowledgements: Other contributors’. There was also considerable goodwill on the part of the Library staff of the Warneford Hospital, Oxford, especially Doreen Ledgard.

Throughout 1993 Clive Adams gauged interest within the sub-speciality of psychiatry for the work of what was to become the Cochrane Collaboration, by holding meetings, publishing papers and presenting at conferences. After much help from all those at the UK Cochrane Centre it became clear that a group should be established, focusing on the care of those with schizophrenia. An exploratory meeting was held in the VIIth Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia (January 1994, Les Diablerets, Switzerland). The interest was considerable and it was possible to apply for registration of the Group in April of that year. A small but crucial grant from the Mental Health Foundation, a charity based in the UK, allowed an administrator to be employed (Rachel Lee). Soon the first systematic review of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group was produced for the pilot version of what was to become The Cochrane Library. The contributions of Dr Jeremy Anderson and Professor Jair Mari, two of the founding editors, and Rachel Lee and Rochelle Seifas (administrators) were invaluable in the early stages of the Group.

The editorial base became affiliated to the University of Leeds Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in late 2001-2002 and following five years of successful and highly productive research in the Yorkshire area, the editorial base relocated in July 2007 to the University of Nottingham, Division of Psychiatry. The current editorial and administrative members of the group are listed on the Contributors Page and the history is outlined more formally in Schizophrenia Research 1994;13:185-8 and Schizophrenia Research 1998;33:185-6.

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organisation, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care. We produce the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, part of The Cochrane Library, the definitive resource for evidence-based health care.

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