Peter Gøtzsche needs no introduction to those who share the aims of HealthWatch. The Danish physician, medical researcher and leader of the Nordic Cochrane Centre will receive the 2016 HealthWatch Award at the 28th HealthWatch Annual General Meeting.
Gøtzsche, who helped found the Cochrane Collaboration for independent, quality evidence in medicine, is a fearlessly outspoken defender of integrity in medicine.
He has controversially and powerfully argued that there is no justification for the use of mammography to screen for breast cancer. His many publications include his 2012 book Mammography Screening: Truth, Lies and Controversy and, the following year, Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare - a searing exposé of industry bias in clinical trials. He has revealed data errors in meta-analyses, harms in psychiatric drugs, questioned the editorial independence of medical journals, and highlighted medical ghostwriting as scientific misconduct. His research includes the finding that placebo has surprisingly little effect.
The 28th Annual General meeting of HealthWatch will be held on Thursday 20th October 2016 at the Medical Society of London, 11 Chandos Street, Cavendish Square, London W1G 9EB (nearest Underground stations are Bond St or Oxford Circus). As usual, the meeting is free and open to all, although only members may vote. There is more information about this and other HealthWatch events planned for AGM day here.