Happy New Year to you all.
With the blank page of 2015 ahead of us, we thought we would reflect on some of the highlights of 2014 here at CEBM and in particular the CEBM awards. These are annual awards given to members of the team that have made a notable contribution to the main outputs of research or teaching through the Centre.
So on the evening the 18th December, at a glittering, glamorous secret location (The Royal Oak) the following awards were made:
Paper of the Year
This award was given to Igho Onakpoya for the paper “The effect of chlorogenic acid on blood pressure: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials“. These acids are naturally occurring compounds which are abundant in unroasted coffee beans (green coffee) and some studies have shown that they can stimulate blood vessel dilatation and reduce blood pressure. Igho and team examined the evidence from clinical trials evaluating the effect of chlorogenic acids on blood pressure and found that consumption of chlorogenic acids could generate reductions in systolic and diastolic blood pressures.
The work has been published in the Journal of Human Hypertension as well as reported in on line media.
Teaching award 1
There were two teaching awards this year. The first teaching award went to David Nunan who is one of the Research Fellows in Evidence Based Practice. David teaches across the EBM curriculum at undergraduate to postgraduate levels. He is the online module co-ordinator for the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care as well as the lead tutor for the Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care module. David was clear winner for this category of award for stepping in at the last moment to teach a session he had little notice for, when one of the other faculty members was taken ill. See it really is all about the team!
Teaching award 2
The second teaching award went to Richard Stevens. Richard is the Deputy Director of the Statistics group and as well as his research activities is an avid teacher. Richard had put in an enormous amount of time and effort in his teaching of statistics this year to pre-clinical students in Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division as well as teaching on the Evidence Based Healthcare Programme at the Department for Continuing Education in collaboration with the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine. Well done Richard and hope you and a good break over Christmas!
Research team of the year
This award went to the TOAST team who are asking the question: Do oral corticosteroids provide clinical and cost-effective symptom relief for sore throat? A multi-centre, double blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial? Given the burden that tonsillitis can have on individuals and healthcare providers, as well as the increasing problems of antibiotic resistance, the team are examining whether rapid relief from the symptoms of tonsillitis can be achieved from a single dose of steroids. The team have worked very hard to ensure that the trial is a success and have recruited over 494 participants from across the south and south-west of England. We look forward to the more participants being recruited into the study as well as the results of the trial.
Best Blog of the year
This award went to Alice Thompson. Alice is a Research officer at CEBM and as well as being an active researcher, is our in house baker. She could quite easily drop all her research activity tomorrow and open a patisserie shop to make her fortune. However Alice does her best to combine both together and we are lucky (blessed you might say) to have the opportunity to have Alice’s research support as well as access to the most delicious homemade cakes. In her award winning blog, Alice demonstrated how she used her baking skills to produce a Levels of Evidence cake as well as tips on how to achieve the perfect sponge.The blog received the highest number of views of the year and we look forward to more EBM and baking integration in 2015.
Congratulations to all the winners and we look forward to another successful year ahead.