CEBM in 2015

December 15, 2015


Publications listed in PubMed in 2015 – CEBM staff continue to publish in a number of high impact journals, along with significant outputs targeted at the general public.

In January, CEBM presented at the Association for Science Education Annual ASE photoConference in Reading last week, as part of a new initiative aiming to introduce evidence-based medicine (EBM) into secondary science education.   READ MORE

We posted a series of articles, in January,  on further developments in the Oseltamivir studies: the results, the harms and the problems with peer review. READ MORE

All Year, phenomenal alltrialsprogress on was made, the US launch, support on the issue from everyone from pension funds to patient groups.  READ MORE, launched in 2015,  live free open data service that lets anyone see what every GP practice in the UK is prescribing. Academic papers are good, but we also need academics to use their skills with computer programmers to produce live data services with an immediate impact on patient care. READ MORE

downloadIn September, Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015  -Hosted by the National Institutes of Health, National cancer institute – Organized by CEBM FIND OUT MORE


COMPAREIn November, Tracking Switched Outcomes in Clinical Trials launched- FIND OUT THE LATEST RESULTS

In March, Dr Ben Goldacre joined CEBM and began a three-year project at Oxford, which aims to improve the transparency and reliability of clinical trials in medicine and randomised experiments in social policy. READ MORE

TomJeffersonIn 2015, Tom Jefferson becomes Honorary Fellow of the Centre and is working with Kamal Mahtani on developing a new course on complex reviews.

In September, Alice Rollinson joins the CEBM administration team, reflecting the increased needs to support the research, teaching and dissemination activities.

UntitledBrian Nicholson, GP Clinical Fellow, joined CEBM in December. Brian has a NIHR Fellowship and has an active interest in the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer.

IMG_3201Jack O’Sullivan joined us in October from Australia as a Clarendon Scholar undertaking a DPhil on the topic of Overdiagnosis and is a student of  Green College.

MarcyIn 2015, Marcy McCall McBain graduated with a DPhil in EBHC publishing a number of peer reviewed articles on developing a yoga intervention for cancer patients and joined the team to develop our online learning strategy.

In October, we welcomed the new cohort of AHSN Fellows for the Masters in EBHC. These 6 individuals have a range of backgrounds and interests and what brings them together is their evident commitment to evidence-based health, and wanting to make a real difference. I really wish them well in their course and in their future as leaders of change in the NHS. FIND OUT MORE

Annette Pluddemann

In January, Annette Pluddemann was appointed Director of The Master’s  in EBHC. Annette also co-ordinates  Evidence-Based Diagnosis and Screening module and has research interests in diagnostic testing in primary care.


In Trinity term, Liz Spencer led the course in EBM, Epidemiology and Statistics for the International Health and Tropical Medicine Masters students –

Great bunch of students, very motivated and enthusiastic, gearing up to go out and do great things in the world! Liz Spencer, 2015

In September we gave our second Harms in Healthcare event to over 300 attendees. Read More

UntitledIn October, Dylan Collins collaborated with Medecins Sans Frontieres and the Jordanian Ministry of Health to develop clinical guidance for the prevention of cardiovascular disease in Syrian refugees in Jordan

In July, Annette Pluddemann, Carl Heneghan and colleagues authored a report for the Department of Health showing  innovative diagnostics will only provide part of the solution.  The report highlighted that ongoing strategies address barriers to change, as they are identified and when they arise, along with co-ordinated educational and informatics strategies that target unwarranted variations in practice and promote an evidence-based culture of change.

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WHOIn September, we published a report for the WHO on overcoming the barriers to effective publication in Public Health Emergencies. Read Full Report

In November David Nunan was Runner up in I’m a Scientist – running three times a year and supported by The Wellcome Trust, I’m a Scientist is an online X Factor-style schools outreach competition, bringing together UK secondary school students and scientists from various disciplines. READ MORE

In May, CEBM hosted the re-launch of the James Lind Library at the Andrew Wiles Math Building

In October, David Nunan was invited to the Cochrane Colloquium Vienna to present on the Evidence of Effects Page, Ben Goldacre gave the keynotindexe lecture and Carl Heneghan gave a workshop on clinical study reports. Watch Ben Goldacre’s talk on Youtube

9780444537171In October, Jeff Aronson, edited and published the 16th edition of ‘Meyler’s Side Effects of Drugs – the International Encyclopaedia of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions’ in seven volumes and online; this is the internationally recognised standard source of evidence about adverse drug reactions and interactions.

In December, Jeff  gave one of the keynotes at the  Korean Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics meeting in Seoul.

In October, CEBM accepted a record numbers of students onto our MSc in EBHC program in 2015,

In September, we gave our 21st Teaching EBM workshop to over 40 attendees form around the globe. Read the Storify on the week

In New York, on November 12, Carl Heneghan gave the keynote and a workshop at the  BMJ Medical Investigations Conference, Open Foundation, ‘Medical Investigation provide a force for the public good, which require evidence-based methods.’ Holding pharmaceutical companies and regulatory bodies to account with evidence.

In 2015, INSIDE HEALTH  on BBC radio 4 delivered a series on the inside language of common medical terms featuring Carl Heneghan alongside  Dr Mark Porter and Dr Margaret McCartney

In July, we published a BMJ editorial on How medicine is broken, and how we can fix it and published on the high cost of High costs of orphan medicines, asking if they are they worth it?

coagucheckIn July, CEBM published a pair of papers led by Alice Tompson and Alison Ward,  in the British Journal of General Practice following a cohort of patients as they self-monitored their oral anticoagulation therapy outside of trial conditions in the “real world”.

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine has made a strong contribution to the field of oral anticoagulation for over a decade now. We have published primary studies, qualitative pieces and systematic reviews on the topic. Examples include the optimal loading dose to commence patients on warfarin and the role of self-monitoring and self-management of oral anticoagulation.

In April, David Nunan published on self monitoring to diagnose hypertension and went onto  was  present the main findings at the annual meeting of the Society for Academic Primary Care in Oxford. The findings were well received and were picked up by Pulse magazine, predominantly as they have been taken up in practice and have led to time – and potentially cost – savings. Read More

“For One Week Only” Diagnosing high blood pressure in primary care

In the summer, Dylan Collins and Nik Bobrovitz developed curriculum and delivered teaching evidence-based medicine to clinicians in New Delhi, India, with colleagues.

In September, CEBM started the Prime Minister Challenge Fund evaluation starts covering 650,000 people of Oxfordshire.

In April,  Evidence Live 2015 was a resounding success. Delegates and speakers from around the Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 22.40.12world descended on Oxford for two days of provocative keynotes, engaging workshops, networking Read more

In 2016 on  June 22nd to 24th we have extended the program to 3 days of  workshops, speakers & fringe events.

Submissions for Workshops, abstracts & posters – now OPEN

There is a controversy about the impact of altitude on blood pressure. So, will living at high altitude predispose you to high blood pressure? To address this question, we searched four different scientific databases to identify human studies investigating the relationship between high altitude and the prevalence of hypertension in Tibet publishing the results in June in Heart.

In April, Kamal Mahtani’s blog on exercise went viral: Abandon exercise? Only if you believe unevidenced opinion

imagesIn  Sep,  Continuing education open day 120 members of the public engaged – e Health Sciences – Dr Ben Goldacre, chaired by Professor Carl Heneghan. Join Dr Ben Goldacre in lifting the lid on uses and misuses of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and quacks.

In Sep, Cochrane Methods innovation fund Working party meets at Jesus College Oxford to provide  guidance on the inclusion of clinical study reports and other regulatory documents in Cochrane Reviews.

WHOThroughout 2015 we continued to collaborate with the WHO through our collaboration centre, contributing to the Global Action Plan and developing  new toolkit for self care in NCDs

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