Professor Paul Glasziou appointed to new health academy

March 30, 2015

Bond University medical researcher Professor Paul Glasziou has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to medical research by the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, where he was elected a Fellow to the Academy at the formal launch in Canberra on March 25.

The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences is a newly formed body that aims to promote health and medical research and its translation, to enable a healthier community in Australia and the world. 

Professor Paul Glasziou was honoured with a fellowship for his outstanding contribution in the practice of evidence-based medicine - the practice of applying the best available research results, or evidence, when making decisions about health care.

Professor Glasziou is Director of the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice (CREBP) at Bond University, and was Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University from 2003 to 2010. He has also written six books related to evidence-based practice across his career.

His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice, reducing avoidable waste in medical research, and improving the assessment and use of non-drug therapies.

Professor Glasziou said the Academy's purpose is to help shape government, research and academic policy by establishing a body of medical experts to represent a range of disciplines in health and medical care.

"The Academy will be an important feature on the medical landscape in years to come, providing expert independent scientific assessment of issues relevant to the health of Australians," he said.

"Fellows will draw upon their collective knowledge to help direct research and academic policy, provide government with advice on health priorities, as well as hold various 'think tanks' and run mentoring programs to guide the younger generation of medical professionals."

Bond Health Sciences and Medicine Executive Dean, Professor Helen Chenery, said Professor Glasziou had demonstrated exceptional leadership in the science of health and medicine.

"Professor Glasziou is an international leader in the field of evidence-based practice, and his ongoing commitment to improving the health outcomes of people across the world is to be commended," said Professor Chenery.

"Bond University is thrilled to congratulate Professor Glasziou on his election as Fellow to the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, and we look forward to working with the Academy into the future."