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Madlen Davies

Madlen is the BMJ’s investigations editor. Previously she worked for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where her stories won The Association of British Science Writers’ Steve Connor Award for Investigative Journalism in 2021 and 2019, the Foreign Press Association’s Science Story of the Year 2021 and many others. Before working for the Bureau she worked for MailOnline, the BBC and Pulse magazine, a trade magazine for GPs.

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Competing interests

© I have the following interests to declare:

My uncle, Ken Harrison, is managing director of Medlok Medical Ltd. From 1992 to July 2019 he was the founder and managing director of Medicine Ltd.

Previously I worked on The Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s global health desk. The desk was funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Vital Strategies and other organisations who provided core funding. A full list of the Bureau’s funders can be found on its website:

I have carried out paid freelance writing work for the New Statesman, the Telegraph, the Evening Standard (including its Future Health pullout), and the charity React Group (

In September 2018 I hosted the US Centre for Disease Control’s AMR event at the United Nations General Assembly. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation paid for my flight to New York. The UN Foundation paid for my hotel and per diems.

In March 2019 I received a fee for chairing a Dine and Discover dinner about strategies to conserve antibiotics by The British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. The dinner guests included the BSAC secretariat, clinicians and representatives from Shinogi, Pfizer, MSD, BD Diagnostics, Correivo, EUmedica and Menatini.

In September 2019 I hosted the US Centre for Disease Control’s AMR event at the United Nations General Assembly. The Wellcome Trust paid for my flight and hotel.

In January 2020 I spoke on a panel about antimicrobial resistance hosted by the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. BSAC bought the speakers dinner.

In 2020 I hosted the Groucho Club’s book club and received a free Groucho membership.

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