Inaugural Lecture Professor Neil Hawkins

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Thursday December 13th 2018 – Doors open at 3:00pm

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We are delighted to invite you to attend the inaugural lecture of Professor Neil Hawkins,

Institute of Health & Wellbeing

Title How to be a better critic: three principles for the reasonable synthesis of scientific evidence

Date Thursday 13 December

Time 3.30-4.30pm 

Venue Yudowitz seminar room, Wolfson Medical School Building

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception from 4.30-5.30pm in the atrium

Lecture outline

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”  Benjamin Disraeli 1860

Neil Hawkins specialises in Health Technology Assessment - the evaluation of the clinical and economic evaluation of healthcare technologies based on the synthesis of available evidence. In this lecture he will discuss why we increasingly see articles with attention-seeking titles such as “Why Most Published Research Findings Are False”, “Why all randomised controlled trials produce biased results” and “Why clinical trial outcomes fail to translate into benefits for patients”. He will then — drawing upon experiences from his career which has spanned  basic pharmacological research, clinical development, and epidemiological research— suggest three essential principles for the reasonable synthesis and criticism of hard-won scientific evidence.  Finally, he will finally highlight methodological work currently being undertaken within the HEHTA group to support the “reasonable” synthesis of evidence.

About the Speaker

Neil Hawkins is a Professor of Health Technology Assessment (HTA) at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Previously, he was Vice President leading the global Health Economics practice at ICON PLC. He has post-graduate degrees in Pharmacology, Health Economics and Applied Statistics and an MBA. He has worked in the pharma, academic, and consultancy sectors in roles spanning basic pharmacological research, clinical development, epidemiology, and health technology assessment. His current research focuses on: evidence synthesis and decision analytic modelling; precision medicine and estimation of subgroup effects; and the use of HTA to inform technology development and the efficient allocation of capital. He is also a Chartered Statistician, a member of the National Institute of Care and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Diagnostics Assessment Committee, and a member of the ISPOR (The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research) board of directors.




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Starts: Thursday, December 13th 2018 at 3:30pm
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