I see that Cancer Research UK last week put out a press statement about the need for the UK to have strategic vision for medical research. You can find further details on their blog and they also issued a document entitled ‘Building the Right Environment for Medical Research.’ Thoughtfully the announcement and document have been… Read More Cancer Research UK does not have all the answers..and that’s an invitation to the rest of us
It is International Clinical Trials Day today and The Cochrane Library has worked with the UK Medical Research Council’s Network of Hubs for Trials Methodology Research to produce a set of new podcasts about clinical trials – well worth a listen. There was a conference in Vienna this morning organised by the European Clinical Research… Read More International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up
So the UKCMRI partners were in front of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee yesterday as were representatives of the local community. Meanwhile the Science Minister, David Willetts, announced that the Government had agreed the business plan for the new centre as put forward by the Medical Research Council (MRC). A good day all… Read More UKCMRI Task Gets Bigger
On the face of it you might think this a very Friday afternoon sort of article. But, as a discussion of how European foundations operate in a research funding context, it is is extremely interesting. The news peg for it is that plans are afoot by the European Commission to present a regulation for a European Foundation… Read More Making the EU work better for research charities
After days of incessant pounding by critics and opponents the Government brushed itself down today and published its Health and Social Care Bill. The text of the legislation can be found on the parliament website. It is a titanic Bill – 353 pages, 137 clauses, 22 schedules long – and the vagaries of our parliamentary… Read More Health and Social Care Bill Published
Over the holidays I caught a BBC Radio 4 item about the days of the touch typist. It was one of those gems of broadcasting which looked through a narrow lens to tell the listener much about how the world has changed. It also brought back many memories of my time as a messenger at the old… Read More Getting touchy over the information revolution
If you are looking for the detail of today’s announcement by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the science budget allocations for the spending review period then please look at the excellent summary by our policy and public affairs manager, Becky Purvis, here. Further perspective from me in due course. But, given… Read More Science budget: where will the money go?
Those who visit this blog regularly will know that we’ve been following progress with the plans to build the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation in London ever since our first post. So, in what feels like an early Christmas present for science, it is good to be able to report that yesterday Camden Town Hall… Read More UKCMRI Gets Go-ahead…and news on CST
A brief but important mention of the letter in today’s Times signed by over 100 cancer scientists and doctors. The letter cites Breast Cancer Campaign (an AMRC member) and highlights the importance of the Government-backed Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) to the funding of research in universities by medical research charities. If you want a succinct but well-articulated case for… Read More Times Letter on Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF)
Some of you may know that today was being dubbed ‘Super Wednesday’ by some because today is the day that the Department of Health has set out its response to the consultation on the NHS White Paper ‘Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS.‘ The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has very helpfully published an… Read More NHS white paper next steps
So the OECD – which publishes a series of ‘state of…’ reports throughout the year – has today (Tuesday 14th December) published its Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2010. If you are a member of the public it looks as if you can only download a summary of the report at the moment. Overall messages… Read More OECD Publishes Science Outlook Report 2010 inc. UK profile
‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People,’ the White Paper on public health has been published and is available on the Department of Health website. The news release sets out the Secretary of State’s ‘ladder of intervention’ – from the rather refreshingly titled ‘do nothing’ up to ‘eliminate choice altogether’ – which sound like the different states of readiness one… Read More The Public health white paper – a new school of thought
I thought you may be interested in this extract from the Health Minister, Earl Howe’s, speech to out AGM on Wednesday: It also gives me pleasure to note [that] AMRC member expenditure on research having exceeded £1 billion for the year for the first time. Given the economic circumstances, I think this is something about which… Read More Earl Howe's Speech at the AMRC AGM
The news earlier this week that the National Institute of Clinicial and Health Excellence (NICE) is to lose its powers for deciding which drugs should be made available on the NHS (to be replaced by a new system based around GP commissioning) brought an alternative version of Adam Smith’s remarks about shopkeepers to mind: “To found a… Read More 'A nation of General Practitioners' and other bits of philosophising
Former Government chief scientific adviser, David King, writes eloquently on the Nature blog today about his concerns over the cuts in science funding announced last week.
Monday saw the Science Mnister, David Willetts, and Health Minister, Earl Howe, announce what are being called therapeutic capability clusters (research consortia) at the ABPI/BIA conference in London. PharmaLetter has an article on it and what I think is the formal news release can be found on Pharma Live. Don’t be fooled by the PR… Read More Capability Dave announces cluster therapy for research
A change is as good as a rest they say. So I am delighted that our former Chair (as well as former Director of the Wellcome Trust), Dame Bridget Ogilvie, took up my invitation to give us her perspective on the spending review and its implications. Its closing sentiments about the development of young scientists… Read More Guest Blog: Dame Bridget Ogilvie on the spending review
So understandably the debate goes on whether we should be drinking champagne or lucozade this morning after yesterday’s announcement. But I rather liked this sobre assessment by Jenny Rohn, originator of the Science is Vital campaign which has appeared in The Guardian. The New Scientist has also published a detailed analysis penned by Imran Khan… Read More CSR and science funding: that morning after feeling
I can only think of turning the last few hours of trying to absorb today’s announcements and figures in the following way: The good Surely even the harshest critic would have to acknowledge that, comparatively speaking, science fared well in today’s spending review. It was certainly spared the savage cuts that we are seeing elsewhere… Read More The good, the not so good and the uncertain
Well, we won’t have too long to wait to know whether this is true but the Guardian is reporting this evening that science spending is to be frozen in tomorrow’s CSR for a review period, representing a 10% reduction in real terms over that time as inflation reduces the spending power of departments. …and further… Read More CSR press reports: science spending to be 'frozen'