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The University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit is delighted to invite you to join Sir Iain Chalmers at a presentation he will give on the contributions made by the James Lind Initiative to the understanding of key concepts for assessing claims about the effects of treatments..

When: Wednesday 27 January
Time: 1 - 2pm 
Where: Large Seminar Room, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge CB2 0SR.

The Primary Care Unit at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health is launching the new MPhil in Primary Care Research in January 2016 and this talk marks the start of the teaching programme.


The James Lind Initiative (JLI) is responsible for developing, maintaining and evaluating two web-based teaching and learning resources – The James Lind Library ( and Testing Treatments interactive ( After reviewing briefly how these two websites have been developed, this talk will focus on the involvement of the JLI in evaluating the impact of these and other teaching and learning resources in promoting understanding of key concepts for assessing claims about the effects of treatments.

About Sir Iain Chalmers

Sir Iain Chalmers is a British health services researcher, one of the founders of the Cochrane Collaboration and coordinator of the James Lind Initiative, which includes the James Lind Library and James Lind Alliance.

Chalmers qualified in medicine in the mid-1960s, and then practised as a clinician in the United Kingdom and two years (1969-1970) in the Gaza Strip. In the mid-1970s, he became a full-time health services researcher with a particular interest in assessing the effects of care.
Between 1978 and 1992, he was the first director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford. There, Chalmers led the development of the electronic Oxford Database of Perinatal Trials (ODPT) and a collection of systematic reviews of randomized trials of care in pregnancy and children published in the two-volume Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth, co-authoring its summary, Guide to Effective Care in Pregnancy and Childbirth.

The National Health Service Research and Development Programme supported extending the approach to other areas of health care. In 1992, Chalmers was appointed director of the UK Cochrane Centre, leading to the development of the international Cochrane Collaboration.
Subsequently, he became founding editor of the James Lind Library, which documents the history and evolution of fair trials of treatments, and helped to establish the James Lind Alliance, a non-profit organization that "aims to identify the most important gaps in knowledge about the effects of treatments". The Library has established strategic agreements with international and non-profit organizations to disseminate its publications to a broad international and multilingual audience. Chalmers inspired champions all over the world leading to the development of the Cochrane Collaboration and by 2011 this collaboration had nearly 30,000 volunteers contributing towards summarising research evidence to improve health. His contributions have been instrumental in advancing international policies on research for health -such as PAHO's Policy on Research for Health, and to promote a better understanding of the importance of building bridges between users and producers of research for health policy and health care delivery.

Chalmers continues to promote better research for better health care by increasing public appreciation of good research through Testing Treatments interactive

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