When science isn’t science-based: Studying with Dr. John Ioannidis

It was maybe the most nerdishly invigorating way to start the new year: taking a class at Harvard with Dr. John Ioannidis. He’s a guy who basically wrote the book of methods on how to study research in order to root out flaws, biases, and waste. Naturally he’s a Science-ish hero. You can learn more…
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BMJ debut: Why do we follow celebrities’ medical advice?

I had the pleasure of participating in this funny BMJ video—with greats of the evidence-based medicine world Sir like Iain Chalmers and Tim Caulfield—about why we trust celebrities’ medical advice. The video accompanied a meta-narrative analysis on the subject by my colleague Steven Hoffman. Since Hoffman and I have been collaborating on this issue for…
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In Tokyo talking impact science journalism

On November 21, I had the honour of addressing a room full of editors and senior staff from news outlets across Asia on the topic of impact science journalism. Hosted in Tokyo by the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) and Japanese Association of Science Journalists, the aim of the conference was to get editors…
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New feature about medical school and Big Pharma conflict of interest

I wrote this feature in Maclean’s about calls by doctors and medical students to have tighter conflict-of-interest policies on university of campuses, as schools increasingly look to industry for support. As I was researching the piece, I came across this quotation from a 2004 New York Review of Books essay by the former editor-in-chief of the…
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