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2017 Speakers & Chairs

The NHS R&D Forum are pleased to announce that the following speakers will be presenting sessions at the 2017 Annual NHS R&D Forum Conference in Manchester on the 15th & 16th May 2017.

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Hilda Bastian

Job Title: Chief editor, PubMed Commons and PubMed Health
Organisation: National Institutes of Health (NIH)


Hilda Bastian was a long-time consumer advocate in Australia, whose career turned to analyzing evidence, communicating about it, and working to make it more accessible. Hilda has worked at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) since 2011. She is the editor of PubMed Commons and PubMed Health, a clinical effectiveness resource. She is also an academic editor of PLOS Medicine, blogger, and cartoonist.

Prior to arriving at NCBI, Hilda spent 7 years in Germany helping establish IQWiG, a national health technology assessment agency. She was the head of its Department of Health Information. Before that, during the 1990s and 2000s, Hilda was active locally, nationally, and internationally in health consumer groups. She helped to establish the Cochrane Collaboration, founding and leading its Consumer Network for over a decade. She was the first Coordinating Editor of Cochrane’s Consumer and Communication Review Group.

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