University of St Andrews

Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis

Why did we create EBED 2024?

We believe there is a need to create a set of guidelines which govern the development and introduction of new diagnostic tests. This is to ensure that they are driven by science and are designed with patient well-being and healthcare system sustainability in mind.

The focus of this conference is new, early diagnostic technologies, an exciting and fast developing field with considerable potential to do good, however; it is poorly understood by policy makers and the public and it is under-regulated.

Our intention is to create a normative, evidence-driven pathway along which new diagnostic technologies should travel.

We hope you can make it, please save the date.

The EBED Team

Prof. Peter D Donnelly

Prof. Donnelly is the Director of the Mackenzie Institute for Early Diagnosis. Having spent many years prior working with the Scottish Government as Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Peter was, most recently, Chief Executive Officer of a large Public Health Agency in Canada. During Peters time as Deputy Chief Medical Officer between 2004 and 2008, Peter worked on pandemic influenza planning, as well as a variety of other projects including the very successful indoor smoking ban, universal sex education, and minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks based on alcohol content.

Prof. Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan has been an academic GP since 1984. He was appointed as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews in 2017 where he is also the Director of Research in the School of Medicine. He won the British Medical Association Research paper of the year in 2009 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011 – the first family physician since 1908. His clinical practice is currently in Glenrothes.

Dr. Margaret McCartney

Margaret Mary McCartney is a general practitioner, freelance writer and broadcaster based in Glasgow. Dr McCartney is a vocal advocate for evidence-based medicine, and was a regular columnist at the British Medical Journal. She regularly writes articles for The Guardian and currently contributes to the BBC Radio 4 programme, Inside Health. She has written three popular science books, The Patient Paradox, The State of Medicine and Living with Dying. During the COVID-19 pandemic, She contributed content to academic journals and broadcasting platforms, personal blog, and social media to inform the public and dispel myths about covid-19.

Prof. Carl Heneghan

Carl Heneghan is a clinical epidemiologist with expertise in evidence-based medicine, research methods, and evidence synthesis expertise. His work includes investigating the evidence for approval of drugs and devices, assessing health claims and researching common presenting conditions in the community. He has investigated antivirals Tamiflu, acute respiratory infections and the transmission of SARs-CoV-2. He has expertise in medical device regulation, diagnosis and screening and avoidable harms.

Ms. Ruth Davis

Ruth is the Centre Manager at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, after spending two years as Programme Manager for the MaDOx group. She is responsible for maintaining the Centre’s ability to respond to new initiatives and update its methods of interaction and dissemination. Elevating the position of all EBM and EBHC learning related activities and the relationship with the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and Department of Continuing Education.

Prof. Jon Deeks

Jon Deeks is Professor of Biostatistics and leads the Biostatistics, Evidence Synthesis and Test Evaluation Research Group in the Institute of Applied Health Research. He is also a Theme Lead within the NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre.  Jon’s current major focus is in test evaluation. He is the senior methodologist on numerous primary evaluations and systematic reviews of medical tests, leads the Cochrane Collaboration’s test evaluation activities, and has advises the WHO on test evaluation methods. He is an NIHR Senior Investigator Emeritus and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He is an enthusiastic teacher of statistics and research methods, and frequently runs workshops, particularly related to test evaluation, at local, national and international events.