Drummond Rennie

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Drummond Rennie is an American nephrologist and high altitude physiologist who is a contributing deputy editor of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)[1] and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.[2]

He is an editor of JAMAevidence, a project for education related to evidence-based medicine sponsored by the American Medical Association.[3][4] He is known for involvement in reform of scientific publishing and for advocating improvements in reporting standards for clinical trials.[5] He was the director of the first seven International Congresses on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, which he also helped to develop along with JAMA.[2]

In 2008 the American Association for the Advancement of Science awarded him its Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.[6]


Rennie attended Cambridge University and received his M.D. from Guy's Hospital Medical School.[2] He became an editor at The New England Journal of Medicine in 1977 and later moved to The Journal of the American Medical Association.[7] He has described his first contact with serious scientific misconduct in publishing as arising less than four months into his editorship.[8]

He has organized the International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication (often known as the Peer Review Congress) since 1989, a project he launched after receiving JAMA's support for the effort in 1986.[7]

Along with Lisa Bero, Rennie served as the co-director of the San Francisco Cochrane Center, a predecessor institution to the United States Cochrane Center, which is a component of the international Cochrane Collaboration.[2][9] He is a former president of the World Association of Medical Editors and a founding member of several efforts to improve and standardize the reporting of clinical trial data, most notably the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) project.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

Rennie was awarded a Mastership of the American College of Physicians in 2005.[10] He received the 2008 AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom & Responsibility, cited “for his career-long efforts to promote integrity in scientific research and publishing”, recognizing “his outspoken advocacy for the freedom of scientists to publish in the face of efforts to suppress their research.”[6]


  1. ^ "JAMA Editorial Staff". JAMA. 310 (16): 1647–1648. October 23, 2013. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5378. ISSN 0098-7484.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Drummond Rennie profile". University of California, San Francisco. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  3. ^ "Editors and Authors". JAMAevidence. Retrieved 2015-06-19.
  4. ^ Walden, Rachel R. (2010). "JAMAevidence". Journal of the Medical Library Association: JMLA. 98 (1): 93. doi:10.3163/1536-5050.98.1.026. ISSN 1536-5050. PMC 2801961.
  5. ^ Smith, Richard (September 22, 2001). "Medical editor lambasts journals and editors". BMJ. PMC 1121229.
  6. ^ a b "2008 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Recipient". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  7. ^ a b "ANNUAL LECTURE 2014: Presented by Dr Drummond Rennie". Equator Network. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  8. ^ Rennie, Drummond (2010-06-01). "Integrity in Scientific Publishing". Health Services Research. 45 (3): 885–896. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6773.2010.01088.x. ISSN 0017-9124. PMC 2875766. PMID 20337732.
  9. ^ University of California San Francisco Magazine. University Publications, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Public Affairs. 1994. p. 6.
  10. ^ Physicians, American. "ACP announces new Masters and service awardees". acpinternist.org. Retrieved 2015-06-19.