Meet the CIDG team - Dr Paul Hine

Dr Paul Hine 

Research Assistant

Paul is a registrar in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine training in the Mersey Deanery.  He has taken time out of training to work with the Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group, joining the CIDG editorial base in December 2017 to work on reviews in malaria treatment and HIV drug adherence, amongst other topics! 

He has been actively involved in teaching and assessment on the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Diploma in Tropical Nursing.  His previous experience includes BSc International Health, Masters of Research in Public Health, and the DTM&H, as well as ongoing clinical medicine training.

He continues to work part-time as a Registrar in Infectious Diseases at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. 

1. What drew you to CIDG originally?

 It offered an opportunity to contribute (in a small way) to health in other countries and learn more about the world of research.

2. How would you describe your job at CIDG to a child?

At CIDG, we take things that are really complicated and try to make them as simple as possible for everyone to understand. And then they can use that knowledge to help people!

3. What gets you out of bed on a workday?

Hunger. I then have a bowl of porridge and excitedly jump on my bike to get to work!

4. What has your experience with CIDG added to your CV?

I’ve had the opportunity to develop research and statistical skills, to develop teaching skills, leadership skills in helping manage author teams, and to complete a teaching course and lots of teaching! I’ve also had the opportunity to travel to conferences and work with the World Health Organization.

5. If you were stranded on a desert island with only one Cochrane review to read, which would you choose and why?

Clasen 2015 - Interventions to improve water quality for preventing diarrhoea. I hope that is self-explanatory.

6. What do you get passionate about?

Making rational and clear choices, and recognising and interrogating the biases that effect personal, clinical, and institutional decisions every day.

7. Describe your working life with Cochrane using film titles

'It’s a wonderful life', '9 til 5', 'get smart', 'inside out'

8. How do you recharge after a hard day's work at CIDG?

In summer, I love to get out to the countryside and get walking or climbing. In winter, I hit the gym (and/or the pool depending on how energetic I feel)!


The CIDG editorial base is located at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, UK. The CIDG is led by Professor Paul Garner (Co-ordinating Editor) and Deirdre Walshe (Managing Editor). Over 600 authors from some 52 countries contribute to the preparation of the Cochrane Reviews. They are supported by an international team of Editors, each with topic or methodological expertise. 

The CIDG’s main areas of work are on determination of the effects of interventions on the prevention or treatment infectious diseases of relevance to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and neglected tropical diseases. The aims of the CIDG are to impact on policy and research in tropical diseases through the production of high quality and relevant systematic reviews, and to lead developments in review quality improvement and effective dissemination of findings.