Public lecture on health research by Cochrane Collaboration founder

Posted by mjs76 at Sep 30, 2011 03:56 PM |
Sir Iain Chalmers to speak at University on 4 October.

The Allison Wilson Memorial Lecture is an annual public lecture jointly organised by our Medical School and local charity Hope Against Cancer. This year the speaker is Sir Iain Chalmers DSc who will talk on ‘Avoidable waste in producing and reporting research relevant to patients.’

After working as a doctor in the UK and the Gaza Strip, Sir Iain was director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit for 14 years before founding the UK Cochrane Centre, where he was director for a further decade. The Cochrane Centre promotes international collaboration within health research and in 1993 launched the Cochrane Collaboration, which the Lancet described as “an enterprise that rivals the Human Genome Project in its potential implications for modern medicine."

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of more than 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries, working together to help health care providers, policy makers, patients, their advocates and carers, make well-informed decisions about health care, based on the best available research evidence, by preparing, updating and promoting the accessibility of Cochrane Reviews – over 4,600 so far, published online in The Cochrane Library."

Since 2003, Sir Iain (who was knighted for services to healthcare in 2000) has co-ordinated the James Lind Initiative* which consists of three main units:

The public lecture, which is free and open to all, takes place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 4 October 2011 in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome Building.

*James Lind was an 18th century doctor who demonstrated through comparative studies that fresh fruit could prevent scurvy, one of the first examples of a properly conducted clinical trial.