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Why you shouldn't believe what you read in medical journals

Fiona Godlee

Fiona Godlee

3 November 2017

A seminar by Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the British Medical Journal (The BMJ) at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, 1 November 2017.

Dr Godlee 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 Organization, 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 in 9 languages worldwide to over a million clinicians. 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 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.

Fiona Godlee  gave the third annual Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture on the subject of "Too much medicine: why we need to push back the tide of medical excess" (10 October 2016). You can access the podcast and a transcript of this lecture on the EBI website.

Her seminar ‘Why you shouldn't believe what you read in medical journals’ was hosted by the Centre for Evidence Synthesis in Global Health at theLiverpool School of Tropical Medicine on 1 November 2017.  You can watch the full presentation on the LSTM website

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