Ali Cook qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Wales College Cardiff in 1992. She went on to study for a PhD researching the clinical haemorheology of patients with peripheral vascular disease.
In 1998 Ali became the research coordinator at the Marie Curie Centre Holme Tower, working with Baroness Professor Ilora Finlay in south Wales. Her role included conducting systematic reviews, running clinical trials and teaching on the Diploma/BSc in Palliative Nursing and MSc in Palliative Medicine courses.
In 2001 Ali joined the NIHR Horizon Scanning Centre based within the School of Health & Population Sciences. The NIHR HSC is funded by the National Institute for Health Research and aims to provide key policy makers with advance notice of selected new and emerging health technologies that may impact upon the NHS in the next 2-3 years. Ali is head of the MedTech sub-team within the NIHR HSC. This sub-team investigates innovative medical devices, imaging modalities, diagnostics and surgical procedures.
Smith J, Cook A, Packer C, Stokes-Lampard H (2011). Testing for Chlamydia trachomatis: is more choice a good thing? Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 37:4-7.
Smith J, Cook A, Packer C (2010). Evaluation criteria to assess the value of identification sources for horizon scanning. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 26(3): 348-353.
Linden L, Vondeling H, Packer C, Cook A (2007). Does the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence only appraise new pharmaceuticals? International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 349-353.
Cook A, Packer C, Stevens A, Quinn T (2004). Influences upon the diffusion of thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction in England: case study. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 20(4):537-544.
Packer C, Stevens A, Cook A, Raftery J (2004). The diffusion of thrombolysis for acute myocardial infarction from 1981 to 2000 in England: trend analysis and comparison with need. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 20(4):531-536.
Simpson S, Hyde C, Cook A, Packer C, Stevens A (2004). Assessing the accuracy of forecasting: applying standard diagnostic assessment tools to a health technology early warning system. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 20(3):381-384
Cook AM, Finlay IG, Edwards AG, Hood K, Higginson IJ, Goodwin DM, Normand CE, Douglas HR (2001). Efficiency of searching the grey literature in palliative care. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 22(3):797-801
Cook AM, Jones JG, Lane IF, Evans SA (1998). Methods for studying leukocyte filterability in undiluted blood from intermittent claudicants. Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation, 19(4):271-80.