Ben is a best-selling author, broadcaster, campaigner, medical doctor and academic who specialises in unpicking the misuse of science and statistics by journalists, politicians, quacks, drug companies, and more.
His first book “Bad Science” (4th Estate) has sold over 500,000 copies to date, is published in 18 countries, and reached #1 in the UK paperback non-fiction charts. Bad Pharma, just out, is on bad behaviour in the pharmaceutical industry and medicine more broadly: it is now a top ten UK best seller.
He is also the founder and director of BetterData, a non-profit organisation building fun projects to create and use data more effectively in healthcare and academia. BetterData’s first major public project is RandomiseMe, a free online tool that anyone can use to create and run a randomised controlled trial. There are similar projects in the pipeline, and more data collaborations like PrescribingAnalytics, which has identified several hundred million pounds of potential NHS savings, and NerdyDayTrips, a crowdsourced global map of dorky days out.