Anne Anderson Award (AAA)

award ceremony photo

Caroline Crowther       Kay Dickersin        Cindy Farquhar            Lisa Bero
    2011 AAA Winner           AAA Fundraising            2013 AAA Winner            AAA Selection Committee 

The Anne Anderson Award

Anne Anderson was a contributor to the stream of thinking and effort that gave birth to evidence-based health care. A clinically qualified reproductive physiologist, Anne had an active interest in women’s health, co-editing the first edition of Women’s Problems in General Practice (1983) with Ann McPherson. Anne also contributed to Effectiveness and Satisfaction in Antenatal Care (1982), edited by Murray Enkin and Iain Chalmers, and was discussing, with Marc Keirse and Iain Chalmers, the possibility of co-editing a companion volume on elective birth. However, her premature death from breast cancer in 1983 ended her involvement. Iain Chalmers, Murray Enkin and Marc Keirse went on to publish Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth in 1989, dedicating the book in part to Anne. ECPC, through its systematic approach to assessing the research literature, is widely acknowledged to have led to development of a similar project for all of medicine and health, Cochrane. (more about Anne Anderson: Wikipedia)

In the footsteps of Anne Anderson, many outstanding women continue to contribute and inspire other women to improve health knowledge for the good of their communities. Often these women are quiet achievers who might otherwise not be recognized. The goal of the Anne Anderson Award is to recognize and stimulate individuals contributing to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership.

The award is given to a member of Cochrane who has contributed meaningfully to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to Cochrane. The establishment of the Award was approved by the Cochrane Steering Group in principle in 2010, and was awarded for the first time in October 2011. At its meeting in Split in March 2011, the Cochrane Steering Group had agreed to put 1000 GBP (~1,660 USD) per year for three years towards the Anne Anderson Award from core funds.

The recipient of the Anne Anderson Award will receive a plaque from Cochrane honoring her contributions. The cash award of $3000USD will be designated by the recipient to assist a woman from a low resource setting with her Cochrane activities, who should eventually provide a brief writted report on how the funds have been used.


Past or current active women members of Cochrane are eligible for the Award. Recipients will be selected based on emotional and cognitive intelligence, serving as an inspiration to others, evidence of cumulative accomplishment, originality and independence of thought, personal qualities, team building, leadership and mentorship. The nominee’s contribution to or enhancement of women’s visibility within Cochrane, participation in Cochrane and other leadership, and other accomplishments within the context of Cochrane will also be considered in the selection process.

Nominations may be made by anyone within Cochrane. A one-page letter of nomination should be submitted, summarizing the nominee’s involvement in Cochrane and how she meets the following criteria:

  • Meaningful contribution to the promotion of women as leaders and contributors to Cochrane.
  • Contribution to or enhancement of women's visibility within Cochrane.
  • Participation in Cochrane and other leadership.
  • Other accomplishments within the context of Cochrane.

The nomination letter should include specific examples of the nominee’s contribution to the enhancement of women’s visibility and participation in the Cochrane leadership. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, mentoring, training, encouraging, supporting and promoting women for their work in Cochrane, as well as serving as a role model and inspiration. Deliberate use of multiple nominators is discouraged.

The nominations should be sent to the Cochrane Operations Unit ( with ‘Anne Anderson Award’ in the subject heading.

Karla Soares-Weiser, Chair, Anne Anderson Award Selection Committee 2014


Award winners and prize fund recipients


Caroline Crowther, Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group.

Caroline Crowther’s prize fund was gifted to Sarah Manyame from Zimbabwe.


Award not made in 2012


Cindy Farquhar, Menstrual Disorders and Subfertility Group.

Cindy Farquhar's prize fund was gifted to Luisa Fajardo from Colombia.


The Anne Anderson Award is made possible by generous donors from around the world. One option to contribute is via the "How to donate" link in the sidebar, making sure to note that your donation is marked 'Cochrane Anne Anderson Award'. In 2013, the Anne Anderson Walk at the Québec Colloquium raised over $2,000 USD, and current plans include an annual fundraiser at the Colloquium. 

The Anne Anderson Appreciation Society is a Facebook group, and we encourage all interested persons to check it out!

For more information about the Anne Anderson Award, visit these links:

Call for nominations for the Anne Anderson Award: 2014 Anne Anderson Award information page

The Anne Anderson Award in Cochrane's Organisational Policy Manual