Peter Gøtzsche, Denmark

Physician, Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis, Founder of The Nordic Cochrane Centre, Board member of IIPDW

Peter C. Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 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 helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, 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.

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 25,000 times. 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 (, STROBE for observational studies (, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (, and SPIRIT for trial protocols ( Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review
Group 1997-2014.

Peter’s books include:

Gøtzsche, P (2015). Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial. People’sPress.

Gøtzsche, P (2013). Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care. Radcliffe Publishing. Winner of the British Medical Association’s Annual Book Award in the category Basis of Medicine in 2014.

Gøtzsche, P (2012). Mammography Screening: truth, lies and controversy. Radcliffe Publishing.

Gøtzsche, P (2007).Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making. Wiley.