Senior Researcher: placebo effects, epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, University of Oxford
Oxford philosopher and medical researcher Dr. Jeremy Howick has conducted groundbreaking studies about placebos, why we need unbiased experiments, and on the evidence for self-healing and empathy. He has degrees from Dartmouth College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, and over 60 academic publications in top journals including the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet. His research extends beyond academia and has influenced policy (he has collaborated with the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the National Institutes of Health Research in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). He is also an experienced science communicator and his features frequently in the media, including BBC News, Channel 5 (UK), ITV, and many others. He appears regularly on the radio and television, and is an evidence expert for www.sciencemediacentre.org.
Placebos reduce feelings of guilt – even when people know they’re taking one
Jan 26, 2023 12:02 pm UTC| Health
Guilt is a double-edged sword. It can be a reminder to improve and a motivation to apologise. It can also lead to pathological perfectionism and stress and is also closely associated with depression and post-traumatic...
Placebos: what they're made of matters
Oct 02, 2019 03:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Health
Placebo controls are a gold standard against which new treatments are often measured. If a new treatment consistently proves to be better than a placebo and safe, it can be marketed, sold and prescribed. Otherwise, it cant...
Treating depressed children: how will history judge us?
Aug 13, 2018 14:33 pm UTC| Insights & Views Health
An investigative report by the BBC recently found that the number of antidepressants prescribed to children in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen 24% over the past three years. Drugs may not be the most...
Placebos work even when patients know what they are
May 07, 2017 09:08 am UTC| Health
Lying to patients is almost always unethical. But, in order for placebos to work, we have to believe they are real treatments, which means the doctor would have to lie to us and say that the placebo was actually a real...
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