Past Lectures

The Cochrane Lecture was set up in 1990 to honour the memory of Archie Cochrane and is given at the annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for Social Medicine. The Pemberton Lecture  was set up in 2007 in honour of John Pemberton, founder of the Society in 1956. Cochrane and Pemberton Lecturers since 1990 have been as follows:

1990 Peter Elwood Archie Cochrane.
1991 Donald Acheson Health, cities and the future.
Iain Chalmers Getting to grips with Archie Cochrane’s agenda.
1993 Klim McPherson The best and the enemy of the good: assessing the role of patient choice in medical decision making.
1994 Stuart Kilpatrick Tuberculosis – yesterday and today.
1995 Kay Dickersin Consumer involvement in research.
1996 Alan Williams All cost-effective treatments should be free!
1997 Julian Tudor Hart What sorts of evidence do we need for evidence-based medicine.
1998 Ann Oakley Social science and the experimenting society.
1999 Richard Lilford What use are qualitative data when decisions have to be made?
2000 Nick Black Evidence, policy, and evidence-based policy.
2001 Richard Peto Halving premature death.
2002 Catherine Peckham Science to policy: HIV and other fetal and childhood infections.
2003 Mildred Blaxter Fish in water: social capital and the qualitative researcher.
2004 George Davey Smith Randomised by (your) god: robust evidence from an observational study design.
2005 John Fox Changing the information culture: a role for the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
2006 Martin McKee Cochrane on communism; influence of ideology on search for evidence.
2007 P: Jørn Olsen Recent Achievements and Challenges in Epidemiology.
C: Trevor Sheldon Hen’s teeth: Watering down the evidence base for mass fluoridation and other public health and social interventions.
2008 P: Paul Elliot Small-area studies of environment & health.
C: Robert Beaglehole Global Public Health: A scorecard.
2009 P: Valerie Beral The causes and prevention of breast cancer
C: Sally Macintyre Good intentions and received wisdom are not good enough.
2010 P: Johan Mackenbach Can we reduce health inequalities? Some lessons from the English strategy (1998-2010)
C: Mark Petticrew From evidence based medicine to evidence-based everything: the irresistible rise of the systematic review
2011 P: Debbie Lawlor Developmental overnutrition – an old hypothesis with new importance?
C: Peter Groenewegen Strengthening primary care in weak primary health care systems
2012 P: Peter Whincup Ethnicity and health — challenges and opportunities
C: Sue Ziebland The Rise of ‘Patients’ Experiences’: Evidence, Distraction or Final Arbiter?
2013 P: Raj Bhopal To cause or not to cause that is the question: Should a WCEC take up arms against a sea of associations
C: Virginia Berridge History: is it evidence for public health policy
2014 P: Gerard Hastings Resist much, obey little
C: Di Kuh The maturing of life course studies and epidemiology: are we on track for healthy ageing?
2015 P: John Britton How can changes in policy and practice put an end to death and disability from tobacco use?
C: Cyrus Cooper Prevention of osteoporotic fracture throughout the lifecourse