Welcome - Winter 2018

Phil Shackley

A word from the Director

It’s been nearly a year since I took over as HEDS’ Section Director and it seems no time at all since I was penning my debut column with a quote from ELP.

This time I’m channelling Pink Floyd as I urge you not to “Have a cigar” (in accordance with the recommendations of the Royal College of Physicians and our own Dr Duncan Gillespie); meanwhile later in the issue, Colin Angus ponders whether the problems with alcohol policy all come down to “Money”.
As usual, HEDS staff have been travelling the globe presenting our research and inside you’ll read about our contributions at ISPOR Europe; the Cochrane Colloquium in Edinburgh; and the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, where Dr Lesley Uttley has been providing systematic review expertise to inform the development of the new ‘Blue Books’.

We’re also proud to report the University of Sheffield being recognised again by prestigious international rankings for its teaching and research; and to tell you about some high profile contracts we’ve secured to continue to fund our valuable work for policy makers.

Until next time, “Wish you were here”…

Phil Shackley, Director of HEDS

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