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A Life in Science

Ben Goldacre Interviewed by Matthew Stadlen

Thursday, 22 March 2018

2:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

Doctor and scientist Dr Ben Goldacre talks about his work, his writing and his campaigns against the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, drug companies and plain old quacks.

Goldacre is a senior clinical research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine in the Department of Primary Care in the University of Oxford. He is particularly known for his book, Bad Science, which sold 500,000 copies worldwide. The book grew out of his Guardian newspaper column. It exposed among other things the MMR vaccine hoax, misleading cosmetics advertisements, acupuncture, homeopathy and vitamins – all in his trademark witty style. In Bad Pharma, he exposed the poor trials of drug companies distorting the benefits of drugs and how unflattering information about drugs was being buried. His new book on statins is due out later this year.

Goldacre’s academic work involves building data tools to make science and medicine better. He has written government reports on evidence-based policy and founded a global campaign for research transparency.

Here he talks to journalist and LBC radio presenter Matthew Stadlen, a former BBC producer who is a regular interviewer for the Daily Telegraph and has interviewed for the BBC.

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