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Research supervision & interests

Georgia has supervised four Final Honours Scheme (FHS) medical students for their research theses and four medical students for their Special Study Modules (SSM) for the Oxford University Medical School, and has supervised three students for micro-internships. She welcomes undergraduate and graduate students on taught and research programmes who are interested in the following areas: 

  • preventable deaths and avoidable harms
  • pharmacoepidemiology and pharmaco-device-vigilance
  • open science, open data, and meta-research 

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Georgia C. Richards

DPhil (Oxon), BSc (Hons I)

Research Fellow

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, GCHU, Kellogg College
  • Honorary Researcher & Tutor, CEBM
  • Associate Editor, BMJ Evidence Based Medicine
  • Fellow, RROx

Georgia is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation, and an Honorary Researcher and Tutor at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM). She completed her DPhil (PhD) in Epidemiology in the department and has expertise in quantitative observational research using open data, evidence synthesis, open science, and evidence-based healthcare. Her DPhil thesis is openly available here and her list of publications here

Georgia is an Associate Editor of BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, a Fellow of Reproducible Research Oxford (RROx), Centre for Open Science (COS) Ambassador, on the Scientific Committee for the annual EBMLive conference, a member of the Catalogue of Bias Collaboration, a member of the Steering Group for the Declaration to Improve Health Research, and a member of OPeRA, Open Pain Research Advocacy and Appraisal, a group of early-career researchers, academics, and clinicians working collaboratively to improve the transparency and openness of research. 

DPhil research

Georgia's research assessed the global and national use of strong pain medicines called opioids, which is widely published, including:

  1. a systematic synthesis of pharmacology databases and onomastics to develop the Oxford Catalogue of Opioids published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
  2. a systematic review exploring factors associated with high-dose opioids published in BMC Medicine and written for The Conversation
  3. a cross-sectional study of opioids included in 137 national Essential Medicines Lists and the relation of opioid consumption published in BMJ Global Health
  4. a cross-sectional study of controlled opioids consumed in 214 countries and non-metropolitan territories, published in the British Journal of Pain
  5. a retrospective observational study on the sales of over-the-counter codeine-containing products in 31 countries (pre-print here), and OTC sales of codeine in the UK in preparation for publication
  6. a retrospective synthesis of 3000+ coroner case reports called, Prevention of Future Deaths (PFDs), to examine opioid-related deaths, which is also in preparation for publication. The methods used to automatically and reproducibly collect PFDs is published in Nature
  7. a journal series in BMJ Evidence Based Medicine entitled Coroners Concerns to Prevent Harms to disseminate key learnings of pertinent PFD case reports and Georgia is developing the Preventable Deaths Tracker to increase the accountability of responses to PFD reports.  

Georgia's DPhil was based in the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine and she worked with members of the EBM DataLab. During her DPhil, she was the early-career representative on the EBMLive Steering Committee and co-led the 2019 Doug Altman Scholarships, which funded 14 early-career researchers from across the globe to attend EBMLive in Oxford. This led to various outputs including an editorial in The BMJ, opinion pieces in BMJ EBM on challenges facing early-career researchers and building capacity in low-middle-income countries, and a review in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Georgia chaired the 2019 Steering Committee and report for the 4E's Forum to Improve the detection, analysis and reporting of harms in medicines held in Erice, Sicily. 

Prior to Oxford

Georgia gained a BSc in Biomedical Science and First Class Honours in Pharmacology from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2016, Georgia was awarded the Australian Women of the Future Award, Judges Choice Winner, for her passion and dedication to continue pain research and help others. Before starting her DPhil, Georgia worked as a medical researcher and health scientist in Australia. 

Declarations, disclosures, & competing interests

I was financially supported by the NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), the Naji Foundation, and the Rotary Foundation to study for a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) at the University of Oxford. My travel to conferences has been funded by QANTAS & the Australian Women's Weekly (IASP 16th World Congress on Pain 2016; Australian Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting 2016), Kellogg College (Preventing Overdiagnosis 2018), the SPCR (Clinical Pharmacology Colloquium 2018Pharmacology 2019), the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (4E's Forum 2019) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario SPOR Support Unit and the St Michael's Hospital Foundation (Global Essential Medicines Meeting 2019). 

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