Currently: Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Birmingham
Every day, we hear claims about what is good for our health, bad for the environment, how to improve education, cut crime, and treat disease. Some are based on reliable evidence and scientific rigour. Many are not. These claims can't be regulated; every time one is debunked another pops up – like a game of whack-a-mole. So how can we make companies, politicians, commentators and official bodies accountable for the claims they make?
The Ask for Evidence campaign has seen people ask a retail chain for the evidence behind its MRSA resistant pyjamas; ask a juice bar for the evidence behind wheatgrass detox claims; ask the health department about rules for Viagra prescriptions; ask for the studies behind treatments for Crohn's disease, and hundreds more. As a result, claims are being withdrawn and bodies held to account.
I am one of 10 passionate early career researchers selected as 2016 Ask for Evidence ambassadors. I represent the Ask for Evidence campaign at talks around the UK and beyond, and encourage different audiences to go out and Ask for Evidence! If you would like to arrange a talk, please get in touch.
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