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Carl Heneghan

BM, BCH, MA, MRCGP, DPhil


Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Director of CEBM & Programs in EBHC
  • Editor in Chief, BMJ EBM
  • NHS Urgent Care GP and NIHR Senior Investigator

Carl Heneghan is an epidemiologist and has expertise in EBM, research methods and the regulation of drugs and devices.

He has considerable experience in NonCommunicable Diseases having published widely on the topic and is Director of a World Health Organization Collaboration Centre

His work includes investigating drug and devices, advising governments on regulatory evidence and working extensively with the public and the media to communicate research findings.

He has investigated the evidence for sports drinks, IVF 'Add-on' treatments, metal-hips, screening, surgical mesh, medical devices and hormone pregnancy tests. In 2019 he received a lifetime achievement award from Oxford's Medical Science Division for his sustained commitment to education and teaching.  

He is Director of the NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group, Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM), which builds capacity through outreach teaching and training activities. 

He teaches undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers of EBM, and is the Director of Programs in Evidence-Based Health Care, and supervises DPhil projects based in Kenya, Egypt, North America and the UK

He is Editor in Chief of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine and Editor of the Catalog of Bias.

He is a clinical advisor to the UK's Parliaments All Parliamentary Party Group on Surgical Mesh and Hormone Pregnancy Tests, and A founder of the AllTrials campaign twice voted one of the top 100 NHS clinical leaders by the HSJ. In 2018 he was awarded NIHR Senior Investigator status

He has:

Conflicts of interest and payments:

Carl has received expenses and fees for his media work (including payments from BBC Radio 4 Inside Health). He has received expenses from the WHO, FDA, and holds grant funding from the NIHR, the NIHR School of Primary Care Research, The NIHR BRC Oxford and the WHO. He has received financial remuneration from an asbestos case and to date has given legal advice on mesh cases. He has also received income from the publication of a series of toolkit books published by Blackwells. On occasion, he receives expenses for teaching EBM and is also paid for his GP work in NHS out of hours (contract with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust).  He is Director of CEBM, which jointly runs the EvidenceLive Conference with the BMJ and the Overdiagnosis Conference with international partners, based on a  non-profit making model. He is Editor in Chief of BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine and is an NIHR Senior Investigator.  

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