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Keynote: Bad Science, Better Data

Location: Fleming / Whittle, 3rd flr. & Simulcast in Abbey, 4th flr.

Duration: 5:30pm - 6:15pm

Day of week: Wednesday


Idiot cheerleaders wave their hands about medical data and promise the world. True nerds know the opportunities, but also the pitfalls. Analyses can be flawed by design. Bad governance can stifle innovation while also losing public trust for a generation. Money can be hosed away on shiny promises, while simple quick wins are missed. In this talk Ben Goldacre, clinical academic and best-selling author, will give a whistle stop tour of crushing data analyses - produced by his team and others - which all show one thing: that we need nerds in high places, screaming truth to power.

Speaker: Ben Goldacre

Award-winning Writer, Broadcaster, Doctor, Academic and Campaigner

Ben Goldacre is an award-winning writer, broadcaster, doctor, academic and campaigner who specialises in unpicking scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, government reports, pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks. He trained in medicine at Oxford and UCL, in psychiatry at the Maudsley, and in epidemiology at LSHTM. He is currently Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Evidence-Based Medicine DataLab. His books have sold over 600,000 copies worldwide and have been published in 31 languages. His academic and policy work is in epidemiology and evidence-based medicine, where he works on better uses of routinely collected electronic health data, variation in care, access to clinical trial data, efficient trial design, and retracted papers. He has written policy papers for the UK government, founded the AllTrials campaign, and in the 2018 Queen’s Honours received an MBE “For Services to Evidence in Policy”.

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