Evidence Live 2013 Team
Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, University of Oxford
Carl Heneghan is Director of the Centre of Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM). His interests include self-care strategies for improving health, investigating the evidence base for publication bias, as well as looking at the evidence used in drug and device regulation. He is involved in extensive EBM teaching and is excited about using the internet and new technologies for applying and disseminating evidence.
Editor in Chief, BMJ
Fiona Godlee has been Editor in Chief of the BMJ since 2005. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Since joining the BMJ in 1990 she has written on a broad range of issues, including the impact of environmental degradation on health, the future of the World Health Organisation, the ethics of academic publication, and the problems of editorial peer review. In 1994 she spent a year at Harvard University as a Harkness Fellow evaluating efforts to bridge the gap between medical research and practice. On returning to the UK, she led the development of BMJ Clinical Evidence, which evaluates the best available evidence on the benefits and harms of treatments and is now provided worldwide to over a million clinicians in 9 languages. In 2000 she moved to Current Science Group to establish the open access online publisher BioMed Central as Editorial Director for Medicine. In 2003 she returned to the BMJ Group to head up its new Knowledge division. She has served as President of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and two children.
Editorial Assistant, doc2doc and specialty portals
Matthew manages and moderates the BMJ Group's doctors forum doc2doc. He has an interest in how online communities and social media could be used more widely by doctors in their daily practice and learning. He is also involved in EU-wide research project looking at how communication between health authorities and patients during epidemics could be improved, and the role that the web plays in disseminating both reliable and dubious information during a public health crisis.
Ruth Davis is the Manager of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Ruth is responsible for the day to day running and coordination of the Centre's research, workshops, events, and EBM students. Ruth is responsible for the logistics of EvidenceLive 13 and will be managing the flow of resources including queries from the venue, speakers, delegates and suppliers ensuring all concerns are addressed.
Peter Gill is a DPhil Candidate in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford and a Canadian Rhodes Scholar in the MD/PhD program at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on developing evidence-based indicators to measure the quality of care provided for children in primary care. His interests include improving the evidence base for children, methodological research, social media in medicine and diagnostic studies. Peter is actively involved in medical education initiatives teaching EBM courses and co-founding PedsCases (www.pedscases.com).
Assistant Editor at the BMJ
Helen MacDonald is an assistant editor at the BMJ and a junior doctor working in the NHS. She joined the BMJ in 2008 and works predominantly editing research and education content. She is also covering as senior editor for the Student BMJ. Helen is interested in how students and junior doctors use evidence and contribute to evidence in their clinical roles. And, having studied journalism as an intercalated degree while at medical school, she is also interested in how evidence can be better presented.
Clinical Director and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Clinical Evidence’ & ‘Best Practice'
Dr Rubin Minhas is a Standing Member of the NICE Technology Appraisal Committee since 2003, where he has undertaken over 100 drug appraisals and chaired and co-authored three cardiovascular disease guidelines. As well as numerous books and publications on evidence-based practice, Dr Minhas is an author of QRISK 2, the Department of Health recommended cardiovascular risk stratification tool. As Harkness Scholar at RAND Corporation, Los Angeles, he helped develop the framework for Quality Indicators. He is now Clinical Director of BMJ Evidence Centre and Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Evidence and BMJ Best Practice. He continues part-time general practice and is completing an Executive MBA at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
Braden is a DPhil Candidate in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford a Canadian Rhodes Scholar. His research interests include health literacy, patients’ experiences of illness, and interventions to improve the effectiveness of existing treatments. He is passionate about health care disparities and in novel methods for addressing them, including the development of online resources for patients and practitioners.
Matthew Thompson is Director, Centre for Monitoring & Diagnosis, University of Oxford Department of Primary Care Health Sciences Matthew is a General Practitioner whose career has spanned both the UK and US. He has extensive research experience in improving the evidence for children’s health in primary care and assessment of diagnostics. He has been involved with development of evidence based guidelines in the UK and USA, and teaching EBM to students and clinicians worldwide.
Alison Ward is Director of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford. Her current research interests focus on the self-monitoring of chronic diseases and include two international Individual Patient Data (IPD) Meta-analyses on self-monitoring of INR and blood glucose. Alison is conducting cohort studies examining the role of psychology in the self-monitoring of chronic diseases and a confidential enquiry cohort study examining pathways to care for critically ill children in Cape Town.