Tuesday 24 November 10.00 - 12.00

Session A: Understanding health misinformation and disinformation

With so many claims made about health, this session will help address how to recognise reliable claims, think critically and make more informed decisions about health policy, practice and personal health choices.

10:00 – 10:15     Introduction

10:15 – 10:45     Keynote: Sir Iain Geoffrey Chalmers (one of the founders of Cochrane, founder of the James Lind Library, founding Director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and former coordinator of the James Lind Initiative)


11:00 – 11:20     Presentation: Professor Declan Devane (Scientific Director of the HRB-Trial Methodology Research Network, Director of Cochrane Ireland and Evidence Synthesis Ireland, Professor of Midwifery, NUI, Galway)

11:20 – 11:40     Presentation: Dr Gillian Murphy (Lecturer, School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork)

11:40 – 12:00     Session Q&A

Tuesday 24 November 15.00 - 17.00

Session B: Assessing the credibility of health claims

This session will explore the concept of evidence-based medicine and the important role of health practitioners and patients in the critical analysis of evidence to make informed decisions about health.


15:00 – 15:15     Introduction 

15:15 – 15:45     Keynote: Professor Edzard Ernst (Academic physician and researcher)


16:00 – 16:10     Presentation: Margaret McCartney (GP, author and broadcaster)

16:10 – 16:40     Live Q&A Margaret McCartneyDeirdre MacLoughlin (public and patient representative) 

16:40 – 17:00     Session Q&A 

Wednesday 25 November 14.00 -17.00

Session C: Responsibility and integrity in reporting health research

This session will address the role of researchers, funders, policymakers and media to ensure that approaches to conducting and reporting research, as well as communicating outcomes, are reliable and robust.  

14:00 – 14:15    Introduction 

14:15 – 14:45    Presentation: Dr David Moher (Clinical Epidemiologist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada). 


15:00 – 15:20     Presentation: Dr Maura Hiney (Head of Post-Award and Evaluation at the Health Research Board) & Professor Anita Maguire (Vice President for Research & Innovation, University College Cork)  

15:20 – 15:50     Keynote: Mark Little (Journalist, CEO and co-founder of @WeAreKinzen) 


16:05 – 16:25     Presentation: Dr Eileen Culloty (Post doctoral researcher, Institute for Future Media and Journalism, Dublin City University)

16:25 – 16:55     Panel Q&A