Emma Welsh is the Managing Editor of the Cochrane Airways Group in the Population Health Research Institute at St George's.
In this role, Emma supports authors from around the globe to write Cochrane Reviews. She manages the editorial process from the initiation of review titles through peer review and publication. She is also responsible for dissemination of the group's work through Twitter and Facebook alongside organising ‘Cochrane Corners’ in Pediatric Respiratory Reviews and Thorax – which bring synopses of our reviews to a different audience.
Emma organised two symposia showcasing our work at the European Respiratory Society meeting in 2012 and the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting 2013. Emma has authored several Cochrane Reviews.
Her current research is the conduct of systematic reviews of interventions for respiratory disease. Cochrane Systematic Reviews contribute to healthcare decision-making and are frequently used to support international clinical guidelines.
Emma is also interested in the methodology of systematic reviews and how to make the best decisions around updating the evidence, involving a breadth of opinion. Cochrane is committed to updating the most important Cochrane Reviews for healthcare decision-making, but importance can be defined in several ways. With over 280 published Cochrane Airways reviews, selecting the most important topics and ensuring the reviews are updated by our authors is a challenge. Emma led a project to prioritise Cochrane Airways reviews for updating and presented it at the Cochrane Colloquium 2012. She has published in this area.
She has a keen interest in using plain language in science and helping the public make sense of science and evidence. She has worked with Sense About Science and the Cochrane UK on Making Sense of Allergies which responds to misconceptions people have about allergies. Emma also contributed to the Cochrane Plain Language Summary project.
Emma raises the profile of Cochrane Airways Reviews through social media and helped establish ‘Cochrane Corners’ in Pediatric Respiratory Reviews and Thorax. She has organised two symposia showcasing Cochrane work, at the European Respiratory Society meeting in 2012 and the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting 2013.
She represents Cochrane’s Managing Editors on the Methods Application and Review Standards (MARS) Advisory Committee.
Emma helped launch the ‘Keep Libel Laws out of Science’ campaign and worked on projects relating to peer review and chemical stories during an internship at Sense About Science.
Her background is in organic chemistry and she gained her PhD for the total synthesis of aphanorphine (2007). A postdoctoral fellowship in drug discovery followed at the Institute of Cancer Research.
Welsh EJ, Evans DJ, Fowler SJ, Spencer S. Interventions for bronchiectasis: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviews. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2015, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD010337. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD010337.pub2
Mason M, Welsh EJ, Smith I. (2013). Drug therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (5), 106 pages. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD003002.pub3
Cates C J, Welsh E J, Rowe BH. (2013). Holding chambers (spacers) versus nebulisers for beta-agonist treatment of acute asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 9, CD000052. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD000052.pub3
Welsh E, Jahnke N, Remmington T, Smyth A, Cates C. (2013). 20 years of Cochrane Glancing backwards - moving ahead: a tale of two Cochrane review groups. Paediatr Respir Rev, 14(3), 165-167. doi:10.1016/j.prrv.2013.05.004
Welsh EJ, Cates CJ, Poole P. (2013). Combination inhaled steroid and long-acting beta2-agonist versus tiotropium for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, 5, CD007891. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007891.pub3
Welsh EJ, Hasan M, Li P. (2011). Home-based educational interventions for children with asthma. Cochrane Database Syst Rev, (10), CD008469. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD008469.pub2
A full publication history can be found on Google scholar.
Member of Cochrane Airways Group (Dr Chris Cates, Rebecca Normansell, Liz Stovold, Emma Jackson, Kayleigh Kew)
Dr Rebecca Normansell
St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Sally Spencer (Lancaster University)
Stephen Fowler (Manchester University)
NIHR Cochrane Programme Grant Project: 13/89/14 – Evidence to guide care in adults and children with asthma. £230,000 over three years