Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he co-founded the Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 (the founder is Sir Iain Chalmers), and established the Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen and became elected for the Cochrane Governing Board in 2017.
Peter has published more than 70 papers in “the big five” (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited over 40,000 times (his H-index is 67 according to Web of Science, September 2018, which means that 67 papers have been cited at least 67 times). Peter is author of several books. The most recent ones in English are:
- Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (2015) (has appeared in 9 languages).
- Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013) (Winner, British Medical Association’s Annual Book Award in the category Basis of Medicine in 2014; has appeared in 16 languages).
- Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012) (Winner of the Prescrire Prize 2012).
- Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007).
Peter has given numerous interviews. One, about organised crime in the drug industry, has been seen almost 300,000 times on YouTube.
Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort-statement.org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org), PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (www.prisma-statement.org), and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.
Peter is Protector for the Hearing Voices Network in Denmark.