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About CEBM

CEBM Centre Manager Responsible for maintaining the Centre's ability to respond to new initiatives. Facilitating the development and dissemination of research to improve clinical practice and patient care. Elevating the position of all EBM and EBHC learning related activities globally. Follow CEBM on twitter @CebmOxford and facebook cebm.oxford

Transform – Develop – Synthesis

EBMLive 2022 Abstracts

You are welcome to submit an abstract relating to one of the conference themes below or any topic related to implementing solutions for better evidence and healthcare.

  • Transforming the communication of health evidence and risk for informing decisions
  • Developing and fostering future teachers and leaders in evidence based health care
  • Synthesizing and curating evidence and knowledge for better policy

Within these themes we will cover

1. Research leadership & mentorship (early career researchers & building capacity)
2. How to maximise your research and impact
3. Knowledge exchange/translation

All accepted submissions will be considered for publication in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. 
A copy of the license to publish REQUIRES a signature from the corresponding author – DOWNLOAD HERE when you make a submission.

Oral and Poster presentations. DEADLINE 1st May 2022

EBHC Summer School

The Summer School invites EBHC students, supervisors, consumers and leading evidence-based experts into the surroundings of Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Spanning three weeks this unique experience offers: EBHC modules; non-accredited short courses; a selection of workshops and EBMLive 2022.

The summer school is where we will foster debate and offer additional learning relevant to evidence-based health care post pandemic.

Each summer school event must be registered for individually, enabling attendees to pick and choose which events they wish to attend.

Please note: until further notice week 2 is dedicated to our existing EBHC MSc programme students entering into or concluding their dissertations, and probationary EBHC DPhil students. 


Interactive, Stimulating, Entertaining & Inspiring

EBMLive is back for July 2022 focussing on 3 key areas:


An informed public, an informed patient is central to effective health care. How can we expand the role of patients, health professionals and policy makers in research and make research evidence relevant, replicable and accessible to end users.


How do we encourage the next generation of leaders in evidence-based medicine, and cultivate the skills to deal with uncertainty, recognise poor quality evidence and deliver great healthcare.


What do we mean by the best available evidence? As we drown in healthcare information, how should evidence be synthesised and disseminated? What have we learnt from covid about the production of evidence, and how can evidence educate decision makers to generate informative transparent evidence-based healthcare policy?

Registration and Call for Abstracts are OPEN

EBMLive 2022

We’re very happy to announce plans for a face to face three day event in July 2022.

EBMLive encourages active learning and solutions based debate.
In 2022 we aim to develop the dissemination of evidence to the public, foster high-qulity leaders and teachers of EBM and translate knowledge for better healthcare.

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Kellogg College, University of Oxford 18 – 20 July 2022

Concession rates available for Medical and Health Science Students (include PhD), Retired, Patient, Consumers and Charities.


After close monitoring of the coronavirus pandemic and taking into consideration the well being of our delegates and speakers, the EBMLive organising committee have taken the decision to cancel the conference due to take place in Toronto 6 – 8 July 2020. We are working on strategies for an alternative one day EBMLive event in Toronto on  July 8th and will update you as soon as possible.

In the meantime we will review all submitted abstracts thus far and re-open the call for those who might not have been able to make the trip to Canada but can join Oxford. We plan to publish a supplement of abstracts already submitted and accepted for July 2020 in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine Journal.  All these abstracts will be offered the opportunity to present in Oxford July 2021.

All 2020 registered delegates will be offered a full refund or transfer of the registration to an alternative event.

What do you need to know
If you are registered and don’t want to attend an alternative event in Toronto or Oxford please contact and request a full refund.
If you wish to attend the proposed alternative event on July 8th partial refunds will be made in line with the registration pricing structure.  Please note this is tentative, we will update you as soon as possible.
If you have submitted an abstract for July 2020, please be patient we are working through submissions.
All David L.Sackett Fellowship applications are currently under review, all awards will carry over to Oxford 2021.
Registration for EBMLive 2021 will open after July 8th

Thank you for your patience.

The EBMLive 2020 organising committee.

David Sackett, Evidence-Based Medicine and EBMLive

Carl HeneghanDavid Sackett, Evidence-Based Medicine and EBMLive
Carl Heneghan, Director of CEBM

In July 1994 David Sackett moved from Canada to Oxford to become the inaugural Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, and Consultant Physician at the John Radcliffe Hospital. In 1995 the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine was launched to support the teaching and practice of evidence-based health care throughout the UK and Europe (a copy of the centre’s original prospectus is here).

One original aims, still relevant, was to perform developmental research into the generation and evaluation of clinically- useful measures of the “economics” of diagnosis and therapy.  By economic I consider we mean resisting the problems of too much medicine, and overdiagnosis, that pervades much of modern medicine.

Dave was a significant collaborator, right at the outset, the Oxford mission included collaborating with other individuals and groups to develop the human resources and career structures that will be required to achieve the critical mass of applied health research necessary for bringing evidence-based health care to patients and the public. Something that we are continuing through the EBMLive program, this year in Toronto, Canada.

In 1995 the EBM journal was launched, and it quickly became a huge success. As BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine it continues to grow and is the home for the Journal supplement for EBMLive.

In those early years, Professor Sharon Strauss (giving the David L. Sackett Lecture on Wednesday, July 8) visited the centre on a 3-year fellowship and participated fully in ward rounds, research and writing many seminal articles on EBM.

Dave’s articles on mentoring are incredibly useful, and his role fostered future leaders in EBM. The 2020 David L. Sackett Fellowships, build on this and provide awardees with EBMLive delegate registration, funding towards travel and accommodation, and the opportunity to present at EBMLive 2020 in a dedicated session. Future academics should read David’s articles on becoming a successful clinician investigator: “To become a professor of medicine or surgery now, you have to be young, impossibly specialised & to the point of non-functionality in any clinical reality zone, and skilled either in the treatment of rats and cats or in plagiarising other people’s research through meta-analysis.”

Finally, if you’re interested in teaching evidence-based practice then see this original clip of Dave: a Pre-Clinical Course in Biostatistics teaching session for medical students in 1994.

“I don’t believe that academics ever outgrow their need for mentoring. As you become an established investigator, you’ll require gentle confrontation about whether you are becoming a recognised “expert” and taking on the bad habits that inevitably accompany that state.”

David Lawrence Sackett, (November 17, 1934 – May 13, 2015)
Director, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, 1995-2000

EBMLive 4 Patients

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is the use patient perspectives and preferences, combined with the best available scientific knowledge and healthcare professionals knowledge, to improve health. The BMJ and Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine are, with others, driving a movement in EBM to find better ways to produce, synthesise, evaluate, disseminate, and use evidence to improve people’s health and well being. We believe that this is a movement in which input from patients and the public is essential.

EBMLive 2020 will focus on using real-world data to improve practice, patient involvement & collaboration; and communication of evidence for better health.

EBMLive will focus on how we can better involve and partner with patients and the public when creating and using evidence in healthcare.

To help make this conference productive and fully interactive we are keen to have patients presenting, co-presenting and actively participating at all of the main conference sessions and in the workshops. We would like to invite you to join us in Toronto to contribute to this conversation. As part of this commitment, we will be offering a number of free places at EBMLive for patients, carers and/or family members to attend and contribute.

If you would like to apply for one of these places, please complete the application form.
Applications are due April 1, 2020. Please note, these places cover the cost of registration only. Unfortunately we are unable to cover any travel or accommodation expenses. If you have any questions please contact Emma Cartwright (

Note: Patients, carers and/or family members are also eligible to apply for the David L. Sackett Fellowship. More information can be found here:

Submit an Abstract

“A fantastically social fun event thats going to change the way you think about your work.”
Fiona Godlee

“The Glastonbury of Evidence-Based Medicine” Ben Goldacre

We  are accepting Abstracts for Workshops Orals and Posters.  Work in progress submission will also be considered.

Please submit HERE for Oral and Poster Submissions – Deadline March 1st 2020

Please submit HERE for Workshop Submissions – Deadline March 1st 2020

Using Real-World Data to Improve Practice

Abstracts and workshops are sought that focus on:

  • Artificial Intelligence in healthcare – risks, shortfalls, methods and patient involvement
  • Potential biases in using Artificial Intelligence
  • scientific integrity and conflicts of interest in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence and how to reduce them
  • Improving the methods for Big Data

Patient Involvement and Collaboration in Producing Research Evidence

Abstracts and workshops are sought that focus on:

  • Involving patients in identifying questions to focus research on
  • Patient engagement in the planning and execution of research
  • Supporting a diverse group of patients to participate in research – practical tips and suggestions
  • Innovative ways that evidence can be used with patients to share decision making
  • Improvements in medical reporting for informing the public

Teaching, Developing and Leading in Evidence-Based Medicine

Abstracts and workshops are sought that focus on:

  • Inform the teaching and/or training in evidence based methods
  • Using new technologies to effectively disseminate Evidence-Based Healthcare.
  • Tools and methods supporting future leaders in evidence based healthcare
  • Mentorship and improving the evidence-base for medical education

Translating Knowledge for Better-Quality Health Services

Abstracts and workshops are sought that focus on:

  • Implementation Science of evidence in practice
  • Facilitators and barriers to implementation of research evidence
  • Challenges to the development of evidence based policy
  • Improving access to high quality evidence

Please submit HERE for Oral and Poster Submissions – Deadline March 1st 2020

Please submit HERE for Workshop Submissions – Deadline March 1st 2020

Accepted submissions will be published in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine journal.

A copy of the license to publish REQUIRES a signature from the corresponding author – DOWNLOAD HERE when you make a submission.

Latest BLOG from CEBM

“Is there a need?  Will people come?”

David Nunan writes about the first run of a new module Developing Practice in Medical Education

Being an educator in EBHC creates a dilemma. We teach others the skills needed to ensure their practice is informed by the best-available evidence. But being an educator is a profession. How then do we ensure our practice is “evidence-based”? And what does “evidence-based” mean in the context of education and teaching? These were some of the questions I was interested in and wondered if others had similar. The reality was I became much more interested in questions I hadn’t even considered. And that for me is perhaps the greatest thing about learning.

Read the complete BLOG HERE