New opportunity for a Senior Researcher at HERC.

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 8 May 2015. Read More

UK dementia and stroke research 'remains underfunded'

The amount of governmental money put into dementia and stroke research in the UK has risen significantly in recent years, but is still too low when compared with the economic and personal impact these conditions have, a HERC study published in BMJ Open has found. Read More

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New HERC research on the costs of hip fractures

The results of a HERC study on the costs associated with hip fractures has been presented by lead author, Dr Jose Leal at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Milan. The results indicate that hip fractures account for an estimated £1.1 billion in hospital costs annually in the UK, and these costs are expected to increase dramatically as the population ages. Read More…/prevention-costly-hip-fractu……/new-hip-fractures-add-1-1-billion-to-…/

How much overdetection people are willing to accept in cancer screening?

Dr. Yaling Yang (research associate with HERC) is co-author on population survey results published in the BMJ.  Read the paper here (

When should blood transfusions be given after cardiac surgery?

Dr Sarah Wordsworth and Elizabeth Stokes are co-authors on trial results published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Further information

Genomics, the data revolution and health—the 2015 Astellas Innovation Debate

HERC researcher James Buchanan has written on 'Genomics, the data revolution and health economics' in the BMJ. Click here to read

Latest Publications

(CTT) Collaboration (Writing Committee),, Fulcher, J, O'Connell, R, Voysey, M, Emberson, J, Blackwell, L, Mihaylova, B, Simes, J, Collins, R, Kirby, A, Colhoun, H, Braunwald, E, La Rosa, J, Pedersen, T, Tonkin, A, Davis, B, Sleight, P, Franzosi, M, Baigent, C, and Keech, A (2015). Efficacy and safety of LDL-lowering therapy among men and women: meta-analysis of individual data from 174 000 participants in 27 randomised trials Lancet( doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(14)61368-4).

Murphy, GJ, Pike, K, Rogers, CA, Wordsworth, S, Stokes, EA, Angelini, GD, and Reeves, BC (2015). Liberal or Restrictive Transfusion after Cardiac Surgery. N Engl J Med, 372(11):997-1008.

Buchanan, J, Wordsworth, S,
O'Connor, L, Pike, G, Walker, A, Wilcox, M, and Crook, D (2015). Management of patients with suspected infectious diarrhoea in hospitals in England Journal of Hospital Infection, EPub Feb 2015.

Buchanan, J
and Wordsworth, S (2015). Welfarism Versus Extra-Welfarism: Can the Choice of Economic Evaluation Approach Impact on the Adoption Decisions Recommended by Economic Evaluation Studies? Pharmacoeconomics, [Epub ahead of print].

Morton, R, Schlackow, I
, Mihaylova, B, Staplin, N, Gray, A, and Cass, A (2015). The impact of social disadvantage in moderate-to-severe chronic kidney disease: an equity-focused systematic review. Nephrol Dial Transplant , pii: gfu394. [Epub ahead of print].

HERC Seminar Series

Forthcoming Seminars

Monday 27 April 2015 12.00 pm
Benjamin Parker, University of Warwick
Management of low-grade dysplasia in ulcerative colitis in the UK National Health Service: the cost-effectiveness of immediate surgery versus ongoing surveillance.
Tuesday 26 May 2015 1.00 pm
Professor Karl Claxton, University of York
Which health technologies, at what price and for whom: estimating the cost-effectiveness threshold for NICE and the NHS
Monday 29 June 2015 4.00 pm
Dr Ellen Van de Poel, Erasmus University, Rotterdam
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HERC Short Courses

  • Introduction to Health Economic Evaluation
    15 October 2015, Oxford
    16 October 2015, Oxford


Conferences and Workshops co-organised by HERC

Personalised Medicine and Resource Allocation Conference
Organised by the Centre for Personalised Medicine & and the Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford
2 March 2015, St Anne's College, Oxford. Registration now closed. More information.

International Health Conference 2015 - a date for your diaries
25-27 June 2015, St Hugh's College, Oxford. More information.