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Ben Goldacre, pictured with BMJ Editor-in-Chief Fiona Godlee.

Ben Goldacre, Director of the EBM DataLab in Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, is the winner of this year’s BMJ award for Outstanding Contribution to Health.

Ben Goldacre, a doctor with a visible public presence as a newspaper columnist who relished taking on quacks and charlatans, says the experience has proved valuable in his new role as a defender of evidence-based medicine.

His popular books Bad Science and Bad Pharma provided the impetus for the formation of AllTrials - a campaign to ensure that all trials are registered and their results published.

Goldacre qualified at Oxford and worked in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in London, before three years at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a research fellow in epidemiology.

He now leads a small team in Oxford University’s EBM DataLab to develop innovative, live tools to help make science and healthcare data more impactful in the real world.

The BMJ Awards are the UK’s top medical awards programme, recognising and celebrating amazing healthcare teams making a very real difference to patients, every single day, in all sorts of ways.

Over 60 teams were shortlisted for awards in 16 categories. The patient partnership award was given in memory of the late Rosamund Snow, who died on 2 February 2017. Rosamund was a researcher in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the BMJ’s patient editor.


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