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Professor, McGill University

Anne Cockcroft is a clinician and implementation research specialist with a background in respiratory and occupational medicine in the UK. Working with a research and training NGO (CIET) since 1994, she has led large scale community-based implementation research projects in some 20 countries, especially in South Asia and Southern Africa, and in Canada. A strong focus has been access to and experience of health services by the most vulnerable, working with health providers and policy makers to use evidence to develop equitable and effective services. Most of her research has been in resource-poor settings: First Nations in Canada, and the poorest populations of South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

In the last decade, her work has focussed increasingly on structural interventions. She leads a national stepped-wedge trial of structural interventions for HIV prevention in Botswana (INSTRUCT), and a randomised controlled trial of universal home visits to reduce maternal morbidity in Bauchi State, Nigeria.

Dr Cockcroft trains health planners and researchers in Southern Africa in evidence-based planning. She leads a project funded by the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to train HIV researchers and health planners, in English, French and Portuguese, leading to a Certificate from McGill Family Medicine. The training in evidence-based policy she supported for parliamentarians in Botswana was recently featured in Science.


  • –present
    Associate Professor, McGill University