Training Programme

Forthcoming Seminars 

Wednesday 1 November 13.00 

Why you shouldn't believe what you read in medical journals

Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief, BMJ.

LSTM Seminar, Nuffield Lecture Theatre. Suitable for: All 

Fiona Godlee has been The BMJ's editor in chief since 2005. She qualified as a doctor in 1985, trained as a general physician in Cambridge and London, and is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. Since joining The BMJ in 1990 she has written on a broad range of issues, including the impact of environmental degradation on health, the future of the World Health Organization, the ethics of academic publication, and the problems of editorial peer review. In 1994 she spent a year at Harvard University as a Harkness fellow, evaluating efforts to bridge the gap between medical research and practice.

On returning to the UK, she led the development of BMJ Clinical Evidence, which evaluates the best available evidence on the benefits and harms of treatments and is now provided in 9 languages worldwide to over a million clinicians. In 2000 she moved to Current Science Group to establish the open access online publisher BioMed Central as editorial director for medicine. In 2003 she returned to BMJ to head up its new Knowledge division. She has served as president of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) and chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and is co-editor of Peer Review in Health Sciences.


Past Seminars and Training Events

15 March 2017 13.00 – 14.00 

Evidence for population health improvement: can genetics help? 

George Davey Smith

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, School of Social and Community Medicine. University of Bristol 

LSTM Seminar, Nuffield Lecture Theatre. Suitable for: All 

George Davey Smith was a member of the noise-terrorism outfit Scum Auxiliary in the early 1980s. Since artistic and commercial success eluded them he has had to earn his living working as an epidemiologist in the provinces.

15 February 2017 

Medical Journals  and the Medicalization of Global Health
Jocalyn Clarke, Executive Editor, The Lancet

LSTM Seminar, Nuffield Lecture Theatre, LSTM Suitable for: All 

Dr. Jocalyn Clark was appointed Executive Editor at The Lancet in March 2016. From 2013-16 she served as Executive Editor at icddr,b, a large public health research organisation in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition (JHPN) until it was acquired by BioMed Central in June 2015.  Previously Jocalyn was Senior Editor at PLOS Medicine (2008-13) and an Assistant Editor at The BMJ (2002-07). She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto. In 2013, Jocalyn was a fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center for her writing project on “the medicalization of global health.” In December 2014 in an online campaign was named among the Top 100 women leaders in global health. 

Jocalyn completed undergraduate studies in biochemistry & microbiology and a MSc and PhD in public health sciences, the latter for which she was ranked #1 across the country and awarded a full doctoral fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her dissertation on the medicalization of sexual assault combined quantitative and qualitative data, and applied social sciences to health – an academic approach that distinctly informs her medical and global health journalism. She has over 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals. 


23 November 2016

Systematic reviews of diagnostic test accuracy in infectious diseases 
Mariska Leeflang
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, 
Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

1-2pm Nuffield Lecture Theatre, LSTM
Diagnostics Test Accuracy Workshop  (Joint activity with Research Centre for Drugs and Diagnostics

Suitable for: Academics 


28 October 2016 Nuffield Lecture Theatre, LSTM

AIDS: don’t die of prejudice
Lord Norman Fowler ,Speaker, House of Lords, Parliament of the United Kingdom 

12 October 2016 1-2pm Nuffield Lecture Theatre, LSTM

Why research integrity isn't just 'somebody else's problem'
Liz Wager, Publication Consultant, Sideview
School Seminar, followed by a workshop from 2.00 – 5.00 pm.
Dr Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant, Visiting Professor, University of Split School of Medicine
Paul Garner, LSTM
Suitable for: Academics  

1st July  2016

Methods in Tropical Medicine Meeting  
Paul Garner
LSTM staff and students

14-16 March  2016
Academic skills training
Dr Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant, Visiting Professor, University of Split School of Medicine
Paul Garner, LSTM
Suitable for: Academics 

17 February 2016 
Seminar: ‘'Evidence-based charity: good idea or terrible idea"   
13.00 – 14.00 hrs, LSTM, Liverpool
Caroline Fiennes Director ‘Giving Evidence’
Suitable for: All 

17 November 2015
Ecstasies and agonies of evidence synthesis
Prof. Jimmy Volmink, Centre for Evidence-Based Health Care, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

21-23 October 2015  
Academic skills training workshop
Dr. Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant; Visiting Professor, University of Split, School of Medicine; Paul Garner, LSTM
Suitable for: Postdoctoral researchers, lecturers

7 July 2015
Seminar:From complex interventions to complex systems: implications for evaluation.
Mark Petticrew. Professor of Public Health Evaluation, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

14 May 2015
Academic skills training workshop: Writing with style: how to improve your writing skills and keep readers happy.
Dr. Elizabeth Wager, Publications Consultant; Visiting Professor, University of Split School of Medicine.
Suitable for: Staff & PhD

30 April 2015 
Evidence synthesis training workshop
Professor Sandy Oliver, Social Science Research Unit and EPPI-Centre, London
Suitable for: Staff & PhD

18 February 2015
Evidence for policy 
Professor Paul Garner, LSTM