Who is behind this website?
The development of this website was led by Iain Chalmers, Paul Glasziou, Amanda Burls, Douglas Badenoch and Ben Goldacre.
Iain Chalmers practised medicine in the UK and Palestine before becoming a health services researcher and directing of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. In 1992, he became founding director of the UK Cochrane Centre, which convened the meeting at which the international Cochrane Collaboration was inaugurated. Since 2003, he has coordinated the James Lind Initiative, promoting better research to inform better health care, particularly through greater public involvement in research. He coordinates the development of Testing Treatments interactive and edits The James Lind Library.
Paul Glasziou is a researcher and general practitioner concerned about gaps between the findings of high quality research evidence and everyday clinical practice. His work focuses on identifying and removing the barriers to reducing these gaps. He is the author of several books promoting the use of evidence to inform choices and decisions in healthcare, and he edited the BMJ’s journal Evidence-Based Medicine for many years. Between 2003 and 2010 he was director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in Oxford. Since July 2010 has been the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellow at Bond University, Queensland.
Amanda Burls is a public health physician. She is Professor of Public Health at City University London. She also runs ThinkWell, a novel internet-based research programme, which aims to help the public (a) understand health information so they can make informed health decisions and (b) set up and participate in research studies. In 2011 she co-organised a Conference on Enhancing Public Understanding of Health Research, which resulted in the formation of the international Network for Enhancing Understanding of Health Research. She is Principal Investigator for the UK partner of the European Communication on Research Awareness Needs (ECRAN) project.
Douglas Badenoch is an information specialist who is interested in making knowledge more accessible to those who need it. In 2002 he co-founded Minervation Ltd to provide design, development and consultancy services in evidence-based health care. Current and previous clients include Cancer Research UK, the UKCRC , NHS Evidence and NHS Scotland. Prior to that he was Programme Manager at the NHS R&D Centre for Evidence-based Medicine at Oxford University, and before that he was a lecturer at the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Information Science. Much of the time he can be found working out of a converted box room at the foot of the Pentland hills in Edinburgh.
Ben Goldacre is a doctor, academic, campaigner and writer whose work focuses on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and alternative therapists. His first book Bad Science reached #1 in the UK non-fiction charts and has sold over half a million copies worldwide. His second book Bad Pharma discusses missing trials, badly designed research, and biased dissemination of evidence, and led to the Alltrials campaign (www.alltrials.net). He wrote the Bad Science column for a decade in the UK Guardian newspaper, and has written for the Times, the Telegraph, the Mail, the New York Times, the BMJ, and has presented documentaries for the BBC. His non-profit company Better Data has built Randomise Me, an open trials platform for the general public, and he has worked on various health IT projects such as prescribinganalytics.com and openprescribing.org. His blog is at www.badscience.net.
Andy Oxman works as a health services researcher in the Global Health Unit at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services, where he leads the Informed Healthcare Choices project. His research over the past three decades has focused on ways of helping people to make informed choices about healthcare. Andy completed his medical training in the US in 1979. After that he worked as a general practitioner in northern Norway. He was at McMaster University in Canada from 1984 to 1994 before moving back to Norway.
How we manage the content
The content of this website has been reviewed by the Development Team. If you find any errors, please let us know using the Comment box. Day-to-day management is by Douglas Badenoch of Minervation.
If you submit a comment or a suggestion, it will most likely be Douglas who moderates it. These comments are included on the site if they are relevant, respectful and honest.
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Editorial team: Iain Chalmers, Douglas Badenoch, Paul Glasziou, Amanda Burls, Ben Goldacre.
Web Production: Douglas Badenoch, Robin Massart, Ross Chapman.
Advisors: Simon Denegri, Andy Oxman, Sarah Rosenbaum, Nick Ross, Lisa Schwartz and Steve Woloshin.
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