It is a principled obligation of any research to have qualified individuals who are not part of the research team to review and approve the study for ethical conduct.

Control Group Cooperative Ltd have recruited their own independent Scientific Committee, with members of varying experiences and expertise and with differing views on the study subject. The Committee are responsible for ensuring the rights of the participants entering into the study are upheld and protected by evaluating the study protocol.


Committee members


Myra Forster-van Hijfte

Myra is a Veterinary Surgeon, Diplomate of the European College of Small Animal Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.

She has been active in the veterinary sector for more than 35 years and has published and lectured both nationally and internationally.

She is currently studying for a Masters in One Health. One Health is an approach that recognises that the health of people, animals and environment are closely interlinked and that close collaboration between these disciplines is essential.




Dr Jon Rogers

Dr Jon Rogers MB ChB (Bristol) is a retired NHS General Practitioner.

He has been a Bristol City councillor with an interest in evidence based medical, social and environmental practices.

He is also a director of the UK Medical Freedom Alliance.



Tom Shaw

Tom is a dental student based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. He joined the Control Group Committee to help ensure that vital work in understanding the impact of Covid-19 jabs is done in an ethical and moral way; something which has been sadly lacking in many other areas of the Covid-19 response.

When he's not looking in people’s mouths, covering his bills or comprehending the state of the world, you can find him playing music, taking long hikes or (occasionally) enjoying a game of badminton.



Dr Ros Jones,


Dr Jones is a retired NHS Consultant Paediatrician with a special interest in neonatal intensive care and paediatric HIV.  She has published 30 peer-reviewed articles including being lead author on an international multicentre trial. She served on the Advisory Committee of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and on the Education & Training committee of the RCPCH.  An active member for many years in the British Perinatal Trials Group, she was also involved in reviewing NICE guidelines alongside some time editorial work.

After retiring from the NHS, she undertook several tours teaching on SAFE Obstetrics courses in countries in Africa. Since the onset of the pandemic she has been a spokesperson for HART, the Health Advisory and Recovery Team.



Dr David Cartland,

MBChB, BMedSci 

Dr David Cartland is a fully qualified doctor and GP. His First-Class Honours degree in Biomedical science included a year of specialist immunology and microbiology/ virology training including statistical analysis.

Between his two degrees Dr Cartland worked for a year in the angiogenesis research group at the University of Birmingham and he is a published author in angiogenesis research; he is a General Practitioner with some fourteen years’ experience.




Dr Curtis Nordstrom

Curtis Nordstrom is an American physician working in Switzerland, training in Psychiatry and General Medicine.  In addition to his medical degree he holds a master's degree in Health Promotion and a bachelor's degree in German Language and Literature.  His current clinical focus is on trauma therapy and EMDR, depression, and anxiety. 

Curtis also has a special interest in nutritional and PEMF treatments for somatic and psychiatric maladies.  He is a member of Aletheia, a group of Swiss health professionals focused on medical freedom.  Before medical school Curtis served as a Hospital Corpsman (field medic) with the US Marine Corps infantry.  He is married and the proud father of two lovely daughters. 



David Seedhouse

David Seedhouse is the creator of the DPN: David’s mission is to promote deep thinking and clear communication about the social issues that affect us all - by using the internet for structured, tolerant democratic engagement.  

Before running the DPN David was Professor of Health and Social Ethics at Auckland University of Technology for eleven years and Professor of Health Care Analysis at Middlesex University, UK for three years. He is currently Professor of Deliberative Practice in the School of Pharmacy at Aston University in Birmingham, UK. 

David has written 17 books including Health: The Foundations for Achievement, Ethics: The Heart of Healthcare, Using Personal Judgement in Nursing and Healthcare and Health Promotion: Philosophy, Prejudice and Practice – three of which have had further editionsFor several years he was a best-selling Wiley author on their medical list. David was also founding editor of the international journal Health Care Analysis, which he edited for 7 years.


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