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Ben Goldacre


Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Ben is a doctor, academic, writer, and broadcaster. He trained in medicine at Oxford and UCL, in psychiatry at the Maudsley, and in epidemiology at LSHTM. His academic and policy work is in epidemiology and evidence based medicine, where he works on various problems including variation in care, better uses of routinely collected electronic health data, access to clinical trial data, efficient trial design, and retracted papers.

In 2015 he set up the EBM DataLab in Oxford with Anna Powell-Smith, combining the skills of academics, clinicians and software engineers to create useful tools from academic and health data. Their first output is OpenPrescribing, a live explorer for individual practice prescribing data, and a series of analytic papers arising from this. Since launch OpenPrescribing has received additional research funding from NHS England, NIHR, and the Health Foundation. He is also PI on OpenTrials, an open threaded database of all publicly accessible data and documents on all clinical trials, and on the COMPare Trials project.

In policy work, he co-authored this influential Cabinet Office paper, advocating for randomised trials in government, and setting out mechanisms to drive this forwards; and conducted an independent external review for the Department for Education, on improving the creation and use of evidence in the teaching sector (the public component of this work is published here). He is the co-founder of the AllTrials campaign. He engages with policy makers and has given evidence on numerous occasions to various parliamentary select committees including the Public Accounts Committee (withheld clinical trials and Tamiflu),Science and Technology (withheld clinical trials, homeopathy), Health (privacy and electronic patient data), and Culture Media & Sport (libel).

Alongside this he also works in public engagement, writing and broadcasting for a general audience on problems in evidence based medicine. His books have sold over 600,000 copies. His clinical work as a medic is in liaison psychiatry, on the crossover between physical illness and mental health.

For anything other than CEBM and PHC business please use ben@badscience.net

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