Sir Iain Chalmers, MD

After qualifying in medicine in the mid 1960s, Iain Chalmers practised as a clinician for seven years in the UK and the Gaza Strip. In the mid 1970s, he became a full time health services researcher with a particular interest in assessing the effects of health care. Between 1978 and 1992, he directed the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford, the coordinating base for the work which led to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth (ECPC) and The Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials. Because these projects were well received, the National Health Service Research and Development Programme supported efforts to extend the approach to other areas of health care, and Iain Chalmers was appointed in 1992 to direct the UK Cochrane Centre to promote this objective. The following year saw the inauguration of the Cochrane Collaboration ( - an international organisation that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about healthcare by preparing, maintaining and promoting the accessibility of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions.

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