You might be interested in a webinar arguing that the knowledge system underlying health care is not fit for purpose and must change.

25 June, 2021

Dear Friends,

You might be interested to join this webinar next week in which Ian Roberts will argue that the knowledge system underlying health care is not fit for purpose and must change.

The webinar follows on from an article he and others published recently in BMJ.

Best wishes

Richard Smih

Dear Colleague,

You are invited to the ‘Fraudulent trials in systematic reviews webinar' organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Topic: Fraudulent trials in systematic reviews - a major public health problem

When: June 29th 13:00 London [08:00 Washington DC, 22:00 Melbourne]

Duration: 1 hr 30 min


Systematic review and meta-analysis are considered to be the best evidence to guide health care decision making. However, most systematic reviewers take trial reports at face value with little or no effort to confirm whether a particular trial even took place. A Cochrane review showing that high dose mannitol reduced the risk of death after head injury was retracted after the authors were unable to confirm that any of the included trials were real. The medical literature is now awash with fraudulent trials with paper mills churning out fake ‘publications’ for busy doctors. Can we trust systematic reviews? Is the systematic review community responding to this threat? Three academics on the front line of the fight against fraud ask why the world has turned a blind eye to fraud.

Register in advance for this webinar to receive the log-in details:

Professor Ian Roberts

LSHTM Clinical Trials Unit


HIFA profile: Richard Smith is chair of the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death, the Point of Care Foundation (which works to make health care more humane), and Patients Know Best, a company that gives patients control of their health and social care records. He was previously editor of the BMJ and chief executive of the BMJ Publishing Group, chair of icddr,b (formerly International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh), and director of the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, a programme with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to create centres in low and middle income countries to conduct research and build capacity in relation to NCD. He blogs regularly for the BMJ and on his own website ( richardswsmith AT