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The Medical Research Council will be 100 years old this year. In order to celebrate this event, the MRC CTU has produced a series of short films about the importance of clinical trials, how they are developed and carried out.


This video presents Iain Chalmers, one of The Cochrane Collaboration's founding members, with extensive contributions from his longtime friend and colleague Muir Gray.


University of Kentucky’s researchers explain how clinical trials are designed, approved, monitored and regulated by large bodies of experts. They give an overview of myths such as "participants are treated as guinea pigs" or "a single researcher is in charge of each experiment" and reveal the facts about modern clinical research.


Gerd Antes, Director of the German Cochrane Centre, Freiburg, Germany, welcomes everyone to the symposium and talks about clinical trials.

Amanda Burls, Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences – University of Oxford – talks about the role universities can play in reporting the results of medical research.


Peter Doshi, Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Effectiveness Research, Johns Hopkins University Medical School, US, describes what we learnt from the Tamiflu disaster.


Sir Iain Chalmers, Coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, UK, explains why reporting new researches is essential, to begin with up-to-date analyses of what is already known".

Sebastian Werner, Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care, Cologne, Germany, talks about drug dossiers of pharmaceutical companies, asking if they provide additional information on study methods compared to journal publications.

When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world - except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this TED talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

Gerd Antes’ talk at the World Skeptics Congress 2012 in Berlin, with the introduction of Julia Offe.

  • May 18, 2012, ECRIN International Clinical Trial's Day celebrations, Dublin

o   Why are we here – Christian Gluud, ECRIN Network Committee, DCRIN, Copenhagen Trial Unit, Denmark

o   Methodological Requirements for Clinical Trials – Silvio Garattini, Institute Mario Negri, Italy

o   Welcome to the International Clinical Trial’s Day – Siobhan Gaynor, ECRIN Network Committee, ICRIN, Molecular Medicine, Ireland

o   Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials – Paula Williamson, The COMET Initiative, UK

o   The Declaration of Helsinki – Torunn Janbu, Chair of the World Medical Association Ethics Committee, Norway



Sir Iain Chalmers and Dr Amanda Burls explore how doctors and other health professionals sometimes do more harm than good to patients, despite acting with the best of intentions. What can be done when medical treatments’ effectiveness is uncertain? And what role does the public have to play?


Dr Amanda Burls explains how the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme trains people to help them make sense of clinical research.


Sir Iain Chalmers rips into clinical researchers for not understanding what is know, not stating clearly what their research adds, and not publishing negative or 'disappointing' results.


Dr. Kent Stobart’s talk at the Children's Cancer Hospital, Egypt.

“Having trouble getting out of bed? You might be suffering from MDD (Motivational Deficiency Disorder). But don’t worry, there may be a cure for you!”

Watch this video and discover how easily and convincingly a new disease can be invented (in this case by the British Medical Journal, on April 1, 2006)…and a new drug ready sold for it. Read even more about “disease mongering” in the book Selling Sickness by Ray Moynihan.

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