My view on that pancreatic cancer ad campaign

The charity Pancreatic Cancer Action have caused a storm with their new ‘cancer envy’ advertising campaign in which patients are pictured saying things like: ‘I wish I had breast cancer.’ So if it’s shock tactics they were after, and public attention to go with it, then they must be delighted.  As must the advertising company… Continue Reading →

Musings on #patientdata and: ‘the moral case for public involvement in research is dead, long live…’

There’s a big push on #patientdata at the moment. Leaflets explaining how patient data will be shared in the future are being stuffed through people’s letter boxes.  This is part of an initiative called ‘care.data.’ Medical research charities have meanwhile funded a national newspaper advertising campaign exhorting the benefits of sharing patient data for research. The… Continue Reading →

1-HELP-CUREIT

It was so humid when I stepped onto the sidewalk it felt like I was treading water. A threat of storms hung in the air, battleship colour clouds steaming slowly across the horizon. Far from here but menacing nonetheless.  An occasional spot of rain found its way on to the floor; a steady hum of a/c… Continue Reading →

If NZ can do this why can’t we?

I get the feeling that this might not go down well. But I noticed this on the ‘wires’ this evening and you really have to say: ‘why not?’ The New Zealand Government is launching a $1million advertising campaign next month in which the public will be asked to help identify the scientific challenges which should… Continue Reading →

Substance over style

If you are looking for a good summary of the changes to the NHS reforms as outlined by David Cameron yesterday then the BBC Online piece is worth checking out. To me, Cameron’s speech seemed to set out a fundamental re-balancing of the reforms to ensure they reflect a much broader set of constituency interests…. Continue Reading →

UKCMRI Gets Go-ahead…and news on CST

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… Continue Reading →

Recession profiteering v drop-down menu

An email popped into my inbox last night advertising yet another conference aimed at helping, guiding, supporting charities and other organisations survive, weather, capitalise on the recession, economic downturn, credit crunch.   The terms are interchangeable of course.  But you won’t have much loose change left afterwards that’s for sure.  The invitation I got yesterday cost over… Continue Reading →

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