Tutor expertise: Evidence Synthesis
Professor Carl Heneghan is a clinical epidemiologist with expertise in evidence-based medicine, research methods, and evidence synthesis. He has investigated the evidence for antivirals Tamiflu, acute respiratory infections, IVF 'add-on' treatments, metal-hips, cancer screening, health checks, surgical mesh, medical devices, and hormone pregnancy tests.
Carl investigates drugs and devices, advises governments on regulatory evidence, works with the media to assess health claims and researches common conditions in primary care.
Dr Annette Plüddemann is Course Director of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care and has been involved in systematic reviews looking the diagnostic accuracy and the role of tests and diagnostic strategies in primary care and at the primary care/secondary care interface. Her interest lies in understanding and assessing the evidence for diagnostic tests and how they are used in the clinical pathway. She is generally interested in how we use evidence to inform diagnostic decisions and the quality of that evidence. An example of her latest research is Diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care natriuretic peptide testing for chronic heart failure in ambulatory care. Annette is currently interested in the transmission dynamics of respiratory viral illness, including COVID-19.
Annette enjoys supervising and mentoring student projects and is always excited to hear about the clinical questions students have and how these can be answered by looking at the evidence.
Dr Jamie Hartmann-Boyce is the director of the part-time Evidence-Based Healthcare DPhil programme. Her particular interests lie in evidence synthesis (both quantitative and qualitative) and the communication of complex information and data to inform policy and public action. Jamie's research mainly consists of evidence synthesis work, with a focus on health behaviours, long-term conditions, and new and complex methodologies. She is also involved in a range of primary research projects, including the use of general practice databases.
Jamie teaches at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including courses on critical appraisal, systematic review methodology, and behaviour change. Jamie supervises DPhil and MSc students and undergraduate student projects, ranging from systematic reviews to explorations of literature in health.
Professor Kamal Mahtani is the Course Director of the MSc in EBHC Systematic Reviews, Professor Kamal Mahtani and lead tutor of the Complex Reviews module. Kamal is interested in improving the understanding and use of evidence, particularly systematic reviews, in knowledge translation, health services research, the assessment of novel technologies to improve patient-centred chronic disease management, and social prescribing.
Associate Professor Geoff Wong develops research in the field of evidence syntheses of complex health and social interventions. His research interest is in the use of realist approaches to make sense of and/or understand the implementation of complex health and social interventions. Students who are interested in using realist synthesis and/or realist evaluation in their DPhil research (on a full or part-time basis at the Department in Oxford) are invited to contact him.
Jonathan Livingstone-Banks is a senior researcher and managing editor of the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group. His research focuses on using evidence-synthesis methods to test the effectiveness of tobacco-use cessation and relapse prevention interventions.
Working with the Cochrane Tobacco Addiction Group (CTAG), Jonathan manages and coordinates the preparation and publication of systematic reviews in the area of tobacco control. Jonathan is also a philosopher interested in the philosophy of evidence-based healthcare; in particular the value and methods of evidence synthesis, and how we define and classify diseases, and how this impacts healthcare practice and medical research.