On 8th May 2014, Iain Chalmers, one of the authors of the Lancet series, was presented with the 2014 GSK Lifetime Achievement Award during the BMJ Awards ceremony in London. This award is given to a doctor who has made an outstanding contribution to improving health or healthcare in the UK. It highlights Chalmer’s lifetime commitment to perfect evidence based medicine and improve clinical practice. During his acceptance speech, he said that “medical academia is wasting ‘massive’ amounts of taxpayers’ money, and the public must put it under pressure to change”. He also commended GSK for being the first global company to sign up to the AllTrials campaign and praised the good “moral leadership” of the BMJ on this matter.
Iain Chalmers is a British health services researcher, a founder of the Cochrane Collaboration and coordinator of the James Lind initiative.