Laura Arnold is Co-Chair of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), a foundation that promotes evidence-based policy implementation on issues ranging from research to education. The LJAF, like CUE, supports the AllTrials movement, an international project for open clinical data sharing. Ms. Arnold debunks many popular beliefs espoused by the public and the media by revealing the glaring lack of high quality evidence that supports them. She uses this as a springboard to describe how poorly conducted research can lead to policy with far-reaching negative consequences.
Dr. Abernethy, a specialist in oncology and palliative care, describes her experiences in clinical trials and the desire she sees in patients to have their data used in a way which is meaningful, to be treated as "a treasure". She advocates for the consultation of trial participants to determine how they see their information contributing to medicine, as well as searching for ways to re-purpose data from discontinued trials, rather than casting it aside.
Dr. Abernethy spoke on the same topic in 2013 at ScienceOnline, in a lecture available here.
Dr. Guyatt, a pioneer in the field of evidence-based medicine, discusses the current state of Canada's universal public health system, analyzing its burden on the country's finances in comparison with public health expenditures in other nations.
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 impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
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