Dr Edwin Chan trained in veterinary medicine, molecular virology and genetic epidemiology. He has over twenty years of experience as a clinical epidemiologist and is the Chief Scientific Officer of the Singapore Clinical Research Institute (SCRI), an Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Medical School and the Director of Cochrane Singapore. He has previously served as Deputy Director of the NMRC Clinical Trials and Epidemiology Research Unit, Head of Scientific Management during the setting up of the National Registry of Diseases Office, a statistical consultant to the Singapore Health Sciences Authority and trainer to the Singapore Ministry of Health on the development of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines (CPG). He currently oversees the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Monitoring teams at SCRI as they collaborate with clinician-researchers in the design, execution, analysis and reporting of clinical trials and observational studies.
Besides being active in primary research and systematic reviews, he has taught and organized over three hundred post-graduate workshops and courses on clinical research methodology and evidence synthesis. He currently co-teaches a module on critical appraisal of the research literature to graduate medical students and is a long serving member of an instututional research ethics committee.