Peter C Gøtzsche

Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre

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 helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen. In 2017, he was elected to the Cochrane Governing Board, the Cochrane Collaboration's uppermost authority.

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 is also author of:

  • Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (to appear in September 2015)
  • Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013)
  • Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012)
  • Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007)

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) and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.