Research Summary


DPHIL: Carl supervises both part-time and full time students. As part of the evidence-based research group students gain the opportunity to teach epidemiology and evidence based methods. Current student projects include  NCDs in self care (working with the WHO), reducing emergency admission, improving the reporting of adverse events, developing complex intervention for cancer patients, investigating counterfeit medicines and improving the diagnosis of infection in children.         

Short Description

Carl Heneghan


Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine & Programs in EBHC
  • Senior Tutor Kellogg College

Carl Heneghan is Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine, a General Practitioner and Senior Tutor of Kellogg College.

His research interests include NonCommunicable Diseases (NCDs) and he currently chairs World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines on self-care in NCDs and CVD risk and co-directs a WHO collaboration centre. He is a chief investigator or co-applicant on four mutli-centre randomized trials and chairs two trial steering committees. His research also includes treatment of communicable diseases in primary care, most notably he was the work on the tamiflu systematic reviews that received widespread news coverage.   

Carl's work also includes investigating the evidence base for publication bias and drug and device regulation, and he is an international expert, advising governments, on the regulatory and evidence requirements for devices and drugs as well as evidence-based projects in the public interest. He is also a founder of the alltrials campaign.

As a clinical epidemiologists Prof Heneghan has extensive experience in systematic reviews, observational and quantitative methodologies. He is also a Co-Director of the Oxford Diagnostic Horizon Scanning Centre, an effective early warning system that identifies innovations in the field of health technology likely to have a significant impact and is published as a series in the BJGP.  Carl also has an active interest in diagnostic reasoning and its impact on  decision making  and collaborate on monitoring methods and articles related to teaching of research methods and Evidence-Base Practice. 

Professor Heneghan is a reviewer for the Department of Health, NIHR  (HTA) Programme, and a member of the NIHR Primary Care Intervention Panel and is a board member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

Professor Heneghan has considerable experience in teaching undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers of EBM and is the Director of Programs in Evidence-Based Healthcare, in conjunction with the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. This program currently has 75 Masters Students and 30 DPhil students. The program is designed to be flexible for those with an active interest in evidence and practice. He also co-ordinate the teaching Evidence-Based Practice week in Oxford, now in its 19th year. The course has trained over a 1000 teachers worldwide.

Professor Heneghan has over 150 peer reviewed publications and has co-authored the EBM toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s), the Statistics Toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s) and is an editor of a series of BMJ-Blackwell’s toolkits and, developed with the BMJ the ‘Doctors Toolbag’ iphone application and the EvidenceLive conference, now in its 4th year.

He runs an active twitter account (@cebmblog) and a blog at

You can also read the latest blogs about centre and the EBHC Masters courses here

Conflicts of interest and payments

Carl Heneghan has received expenses and payments for his media work from Channel 4, BBC, FreshOne TV productions and the Guardian. He has received expenses from the WHO and the US FDA, and holds grant funding from the the NIHR, the National School of Primary Care Research, The Wellcome Trust and the WHO. In addition, he is an expert witness in an ongoing medical device legal case, has received payment from BUPA for analysing and appraising guidelines and receives income from the publication of a series of toolkit books published by Blackwells. On occasion he receives expenses for teaching EBM and is also paid for his GP work in the out of hours service in Oxford.   He is a director of CEBMi, which produces an iphone application with the BMJ, but receives no payment for this activity.     

Recent Publications

3 View 219 more »