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DPHil Students: Carl welcomes informal contacts from prospective students interested in using evidence-based approaches to improve healthcare in the following areas:

All students gain the opportunity to teach, participate in the CEBM's dissemination, media activities and related projects.


Carl Heneghan


Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine

  • Director of the CEBM & Programs in EBHC
  • NHS Honorary Clinical Consultant & Urgent Care GP
  • Editor in Chief BMJ EBM


Carl is a clinical epidemiologist and leading expert in Evidence-Based Medicine, research methods and regulatory science.

He has extensive experience in Systematic reviews and is Director of the NIHR SPCR Evidence Synthesis Working Group, a collaboration of 9 Primary Care departments in the UK.

His work includes investigating drug and device regulation, advising governments on regulatory evidence requirements and evidence-based healthcare projects in the public interest. He has worked with BBC Panorama to examine the evidence for sports drinks and IVF 'Add-on' treatments, and with the media to analyses metal-hips and mesh problems. His international expertise in assessing evidence has been recognised by multiple global agencies including the WHO, US FDA and the UK government amongst others. He led the Tamiflu systematic reviews, and he is Director of a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Self Care.

He is a founder of the AllTrials campaign, chaired WHO guidelines on self-care and CVD risk, is a co-PI on four multi-centre RCTs and is chair of two NIHR Trial Steering Committees. Twice he has been voted one of the top 100 NHS clinical leaders by the HSJ. He is a board member of the NIHR School for Primary Care Research.

Carl is Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM). CEBM devotes a significant proportion of its time to capacity building 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. The s program has approx. 100 MSc and 30 DPhil students. He also coordinates the Teaching Evidence-Based Practice week in Oxford, now in its 22nd year. The course has trained over 1000 teachers worldwide.

He is Editor in Chief of the Journal BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine, which has a dedicated blog site (BMJ EBM Spotlight) and twitter account @BMJ_EBM

Carl has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored the EBM toolkit and Statistics Toolkit (BMJ-Blackwell’s) and, developed with the BMJ the ‘Doctors Toolbag’ iPhone application and the EvidenceLive conference, now in its 7th year.

He runs an active twitter account (@carlheneghan)

Blogs at CEBM

iTunes podcasts to download 


Conflicts of interest and payments:

Carl has received expenses and fees for his media work. He has received expenses from the WHO, FDA, and holds grant funding from the NIHR, the NIHR School of Primary Care Research, The Wellcome Trust and the WHO. He has received financial remuneration from an asbestos case. 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.  CEBM jointly runs the EvidenceLive Conference with the BMJ and the Overdiagnosis Conference with some international partners which are based on a  non-profit making model.

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