Ben Goldacre

Ben Goldacre
distractible, Bad Science

@bengoldacre

Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking dodgy scientific claims from drug companies, newspapers, government reports, PR people and quacks. Unpicking bad science is the best way to explain good science.

Bad Science (4th Estate) has sold over 400,000 copies, is published in 18 countries, and reached #1 in the UK paperback non-fiction charts. His book exposing bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry will be published in 2012 by 4th Estate.

Ben has written the weekly Bad Science Column in the Guardian since 2003. It’s archived on this site along with blogposts, columns for the British Medical Journal, and other writing.

There are lots of clips of Ben on telly here, and a talk at TEDGlobal here. The Placebo Effect is a two-part documentary series he made for BBC Radio 4. The Rise of the Lifestyle Nutritionists is another. He’s appeared on the Today programme lots of times, Any Questions, Newsnight, Start The Week, The Now Show, Loose Ends, PM, Quote Unquote, Watchdog, and various other things. You can find plenty of it if you dig around on the site, along with lectures, podcast interviews, maybe start Here.

He has given over 250 talks in the past 5 years, from comedy clubs and music festivals to universities and schools, government departments, and more. You can book him for after dinner speaking by emailing sballard@unitedagents.co.uk.

He’s received lots of awards for writing, and a few honorary doctorates.

This is what Google thinks about him, this is what the blogs say about Bad Science. He was trained in medicine in Oxford and London.

Ben is 36 and currently works full time as an academic in epidemiology. He does not see private patients.

Sessions

Mission City Ballroom
This presentation will be streamed live.
Ben Goldacre (Bad Science)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 6 ratings)
Negative results from clinical trials go missing far too often, leading us to overestimate the benefits of treatments. Attempts to remedy this problem haven't worked well. Ben Goldacre, both a doctor and data geek, will talk about how to fix this, and other, problems in medicine. Read more.
Policy & Privacy, Ballroom E
Kaitlin Thaney (Mozilla Science Lab), Mark Hahnel (figshare), Ben Goldacre (Bad Science)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 1 rating)
In a research environment, under the current operating system, most data and figures collected or generated during your work is lost, intentionally tossed aside or classified as “junk”, or at worst trapped in silos or locked behind embargo periods. In the digital age, this does not need to be the case - and it's imperative we change that reality. Read more.

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