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Georgia C. Richards

BSc (Hons I)


Doctoral Researcher

Georgia is a joint NIHR SPCR, Naji and Rotary Scholar studying for a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil/PhD) in Epidemiology/Primary Health Care under the supervision of Prof Carl Heneghan, Associate Prof Kamal Mahtani, Dr Ben Goldacre and Dr Jeffrey Aronson. Her DPhil research assesses the global and national use of strong pain medicines called opioids.  


Georgia is the Editorial Registrar for BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, co-runs the Oxford Primary Health Care ReproducibiliTea Journal Club, is a Fellow of Reproducible Research Oxford (RROx) and is a Centre for Open Science (COS) Ambassador. She is a member of OPeRA: Open Pain Research Advocacy and Appraisal, a group of early-career researchers, academics and clinicians working collaboratively to improve the transparency and openness of research. 


Georgia is the early-career representative on the EBMLive Steering Committee and co-led the 2019 Doug Altman Scholarships which funded 14 early-career researchers from across the globe to attend EBMLive in Oxford. Georgia chaired the 2019 Steering Committee for the 4E's Forum to improve the detection, analysis and reporting of harms in medicines held in Erice, Sicily. 


Georgia gained a BSc in Biomedical Science and First Class Honours in Pharmacology from the University of Queensland, Australia. In 2016, Georgia was awarded the Australian Women of the Future Award, Judges Choice Winner, for her passion and dedication to continue pain research and help others. Before starting her DPhil, Georgia worked as a medical researcher/health scientist in Australia.


Research interests:

  • pharmacoepidemiology,
  • drug and device safety (i.e. pharmaco-device-vigilance),
  • evidence-based healthcare, 
  • open science and meta-research (i.e. research on research). 


Declarations, disclosures and COIs 

I am financially supported by the NHS National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) School for Primary Care Research (SPCR), the Naji Foundation and the Rotary Foundation to study for a Doctor of Philosophy. My travel to conferences has been funded by QANTAS & the Australian Women's Weekly (IASP 16th World Congress on Pain 2016; Australian Pain Society 36th Annual Scientific Meeting 2016), Kellogg College (Preventing Overdiagnosis 2018), the SPCR (Clinical Pharmacology Colloquium 2018Pharmacology 2019), the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (4E's Forum 2019) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Ontario SPOR Support Unit and the St Michael's Hospital Foundation (Global Essential Medicines Meeting 2019).