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:

1990Peter ElwoodArchie Cochrane.
1991Donald AchesonHealth, cities and the future.
Iain ChalmersGetting to grips with Archie Cochrane’s agenda.
1993Klim McPhersonThe best and the enemy of the good: assessing the role of patient choice in medical decision making.
1994Stuart KilpatrickTuberculosis – yesterday and today.
1995Kay DickersinConsumer involvement in research.
1996Alan WilliamsAll cost-effective treatments should be free!
1997Julian Tudor HartWhat sorts of evidence do we need for evidence-based medicine.
1998Ann OakleySocial science and the experimenting society.
1999Richard LilfordWhat use are qualitative data when decisions have to be made?
2000Nick BlackEvidence, policy, and evidence-based policy.
2001Richard PetoHalving premature death.
2002Catherine PeckhamScience to policy: HIV and other fetal and childhood infections.
2003Mildred BlaxterFish in water: social capital and the qualitative researcher.
2004George Davey SmithRandomised by (your) god: robust evidence from an observational study design.
2005John FoxChanging the information culture: a role for the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
2006Martin McKeeCochrane on communism; influence of ideology on search for evidence.
2007Pemberton: Jørn OlsenRecent Achievements and Challenges in Epidemiology.
Cochrane: Trevor SheldonHen’s teeth: Watering down the evidence base for mass fluoridation and other public health and social interventions.
2008Pemberton: Paul ElliotSmall-area studies of environment & health.
Cochrane: Robert BeagleholeGlobal Public Health: A scorecard.
2009Pemberton: Valerie BeralThe causes and prevention of breast cancer
Cochrane: Sally MacintyreGood intentions and received wisdom are not good enough.
2010Pemberton: Johan MackenbachCan we reduce health inequalities? Some lessons from the English strategy (1998-2010)
Cochrane: Mark PetticrewFrom evidence-based medicine to evidence-based everything: the irresistible rise of the systematic review
2011Pemberton: Debbie LawlorDevelopmental overnutrition – an old hypothesis with new importance?
Cochrane: Peter GroenewegenStrengthening primary care in weak primary health care systems
2012Pemberton: Peter WhincupEthnicity and health — challenges and opportunities
Cochrane: Sue ZieblandThe Rise of ‘Patients’ Experiences’: Evidence, Distraction or Final Arbiter?
2013Pemberton: Raj BhopalTo cause or not to cause that is the question: Should a WCEC take up arms against a sea of associations
Cochrane: Virginia BerridgeHistory: Is it evidence for public health policy
 2014Pemberton: Di KuhThe maturing of life course studies and epidemiology: Are we on track for healthy ageing?
Cochrane: Gerard HastingsResist Much, Obey Little
2015Pemberton: Cyrus CooperPrevention of osteoporotic fracture throughout the lifecourse
Cochrane:  John BrittonHow can changes in policy and practice put an end to death and disability from tobacco use?
2016Pemberton: Hilary GrahamPublic Health in the Anthropocene
Cochrane: Catherine LawResearching children’s futures: beyond motherhood and apple pie
 2017Pemberton: Alastair LeylandGod bless the child: empty pockets and struggle to reduce inequalities in health
Cochrane: Jennie Popay What happened to the ginger bread man: twenty years of qualitative evidence synthesis
2018Pemberton: Mel Bartley“Probably, Minister”: Some reflections on the relationship between research & policy in Public Health
Cochrane: Kate HuntGender in social medicine and public/population health: Increase visibility and diversification of ‘evidence’?
2019Pemberton: Kenneth RothmanThe End of Statistical Significance Questing
Cochrane: Margaret Whitehead“Barely Believable” or Naked Truthful: What is the point of doing research on child poverty and health?
2020Pemberton: Harry Rutter‘Build back better’: The role of academia in translating optimistic slogan to meaningful action post COVID-19
Cochrane: Danny DorlingConstructing the story of 2020 – myths, miasma, messaging and models – from Cholera to COVID-19
2021Pemberton: Clare BambraUnequal Pandemic: COVID-19 and Health Inequalities
Cochrane: Susan MichieApplying behavioural science to managing COVID-19
2022Pemberton: John WrightA little less association, a little more action: new approaches to implementing and evaluating early life interventions
Cochrane: Linda BauldCovid19 and Covid recovery: Working together across sectors
2023Pemberton: Anthony Costello,A Future for our Children?
Cochrane: Margaret McCartneyEvidence, the population and its individuals