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Professor Mike Clarke

Professor Mike Clarke Professor Clarke completed a DPhil in the history and epidemiology of suicide at the University of Oxford, and entered health services research at the Clinical Trial Service Unit and Epidemiological Studies Unit (CTSU) in the University of Oxford in 1989. He became scientific coordinator of the CTSU’s systematic reviews of individual participant data from trials in cancer. The largest of which is the Early Breast Cancer Trialists Collaborative Group overview of the treatment of women with breast cancer, which has produced a series of papers over the last two decades that have been cited more than 12,000 times and influence the care of women around the world. He continues his involvement in this project. He was Director of the UK Cochrane Centre from 2002 to 2011, and co-chair of the international Steering Group for The Cochrane Collaboration as a whole from 2000 to 2004. He has extensive experience in the conduct of trials and developed and continues to teach the modules on randomised trials and systematic reviews within the University of Oxford’s MSc in Evidence Based Health Care. He became the inaugural Director of the All-Ireland Hub for Trials Methodology Research in March 2011, leading a programme of research and support for trials focusing on the priorities of practitioners, health service users and public. In September 2011, he became Chair of the MRC’s Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research across the UK, with a combined budget of £17m over five years.