Aubrey Sheiham Award

The South African Cochrane Centre would like to thank Professor Aubrey Sheiham for his generosity.

Aubrey Sheiham BDS, PhD, DHC is a dental epidemiologist who was inspired and encouraged by Archie Cochrane to question many of the practices in medicine and dentistry. His main commitment is to improving the health of populations in underdeveloped countries and challenging dental establishments to be far more critical. The misuse of healthcare resources has more serious ethical and health implications in underdeveloped countries because resources there for health are generally inadequate. Professor Sheiham considers that supporting and training key health personnel in the concepts of The Cochrane Collaboration will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care.

A new Cochrane Leader emerges in African healthcare

Dr Lawrence Mbuagbaw has been announced as the winner of the prestigious Aubrey Sheiham Leadership Award for Evidence-Based Healthcare in Africa.

Lawrence, who fought off stiff competition from healthcare professionals across Africa, is an experienced Cochrane Review author committed to evidence-based healthcare and mentoring others to conduct high quality systematic reviews.                           

The Aubrey Sheiham Leadership Award is named after the dental epidemiologist who was inspired and encouraged by Archie Cochrane to question many of the practices in medicine and dentistry.

Professor Sheiham’s main commitment is to improving the health of populations in underdeveloped countries and challenging dental establishments to be far more critical. He believes that supporting and training key health personnel in the concepts of The Cochrane Collaboration will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of health care.

The Award is offered annually by The Cochrane Collaboration to an individual from Africa to support the conduct of a Cochrane Review focusing on a priority topic that may impact on the health of people living in lower- and middle- income countries.

In addition to conducting an important Cochrane Review, the winner is expected to mentor a novice author from Africa during the review process, and in so doing, advance capacity in research synthesis in the region.

Lawrence is a committed researcher who in his application has shown insight into the health priorities facing lower- and middle- income countries; he has also demonstrated his experience and skills in conducting Cochrane Reviews and has a track record of mentoring emerging researchers. Lawrence is currently a PhD candidate in clinical epidemiology at McMaster University. In 2013 he was the first recipient of the prestigious David Sackett Graduate Scholarship.

The judging panel included Cochrane leaders from Africa, Professor Martin Meremikwu, Director of the Nigerian Branch of the South African Cochrane Centre, Professor Justus Hofmeyr, a prominent South African Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and experienced Cochrane author, Professor Jimmy Volmink, Director of the South African Cochrane Centre and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and Dr Tamara Kredo, Deputy Director of the South African Cochrane Centre.

Dr Tamara Kredo, panel chair, said it is an important award for creating opportunities for local research development and to recognise talent in the African region,

“The Aubrey Sheiham Award will enable African Cochrane authors to take time out from their busy work schedules to conduct high priority reviews and make an important contribution to growing the future Cochrane leadership.”  

Dr Kredo continued, “A Cochrane Review uses comprehensive methods to assess the most reliable research on the effects of healthcare interventions to give a clear picture of what the evidence shows. Ensuring that policy makers, health professionals and the general public have access to up-to-date, relevant evidence has the potential to significantly impact on health.”

In receiving the Award Lawrence says, “I am honoured to receive such a prestigious award and deeply appreciate the opportunity to attend the Cochrane Colloquium and build health research capacity on the African continent”