Ben Goldacre

Dr Ben Goldacre diagnoses the problems with medicine and talks about his student days

Dr Ben Goldacre, author of the bestsellers Bad Science and Bad Pharma, dissects what is wrong with modern medicine and argues for better evidence-based medicine in a 15-minute podcast.

The champion of evidence-based medicine describes his latest projects, including an Ebola trials tracker, to improve the transparency of clinical trials.

Dr Goldacre explains his research at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences' Centre for Evidence-based Medicine, part of Oxford University. He also refers to structural challenges facing medicine and highlights the lack of funding for evidence-based projects.

The self-confessed 'stats geek', who studied' medicine at Magdalen College at Oxford University, describes how he was inspired by his enthusiastic tutors during his studies. The doctor, academic, campaigner and writer also counsels against so-called miracle cures.

The interview is the latest in the monthly Alumni Voices podcast series.