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Director of the Oxford Empathy Programme, University of Oxford

Oxford philosopher and medical researcher Dr. Jeremy Howick has conducted groundbreaking studies about placebos, why we need unbiased experiments, and on the evidence for self-healing and empathy. His new book Doctor You explains these things in an understandable way (

He has degrees from Dartmouth College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford, and over 60 academic publications in top journals including the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet. His research extends beyond academia and has influenced policy (he has collaborated with the National Institutes of Health in the United States, the National Institutes of Health Research in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research). He is also an experienced science communicator and his features frequently in the media, including BBC News, Channel 5 (UK), ITV, and many others. He appears regularly on the radio and television, and is an evidence expert for


  • –present
    Senior Researcher: placebo effects, epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, University of Oxford


  • 2008 
    London School of Economics, Philosophy of Medicine


PhD, MSc, BA