Anne Littlewood

Anne Littlewood, PhD, MPhil, MA, BA (Hons)


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As information specialist at Cochrane Oral Health, my main duties are as follows:

  • To act as an expert information specialist in the field of oral health, advising an international Cochrane Editorial Team (and external bodies where appropriate) on searching techniques and technologies
  • To provide expert guidance on key processes to ensure the high quality of Cochrane reviews, which feed into international guidelines and clinical practice
  • To design, update and execute complex specialist search strategies for a range of medical databases to be used in systematic reviews and other projects
  • To manage the Group’s Specialised Clinical Trials Register, including identifying and searching clinical trials literature sources, ensuring that Cochrane quality standards for publication are high.
  • To manage the work of administrative staff, and supervise their day-to-day activity on the Specialised Register.
  • To train and mentor others in searching for clinical trials information, including contributing to the literature and conducting workshops.
  • To apply expert knowledge to add metadata to Cochrane reviews, contributing to controlled vocabularies
  • To manage communications strategy, leading the development and implementation of knowledge exchange strategies to support and promote the research collaboration’s mission.


  • 2022 - PhD Public Health (Dentistry)
  • 2010 - MPhil Information Studies
  • 2001 - MA Information Management
  • 1998 - BA (Hons) Combined Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Arts

Master of Arts

Master of Philosophy

External positions

Co-convenor, Cochrane Information Specialists' Executive, Cochrane Collaboration

1 Oct 2019 → …

Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team, Cochrane Collaboration

5 Jan 201530 Apr 2019

Cochrane Register of Studies User Support Team, Cochrane Collaboration

1 Dec 20121 Jan 2015

Areas of expertise

  • RK Dentistry
  • Information science
  • Systematic reviews


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