First, the positive. Last week the Medical Research Council (MRC) announced that Professor Andrew Morris had been appointed Director of the new UK health and biomedical informatics research institute. Why should this matter to you and I? Because this is the second occasion in less than six months when a senior research leader in the UK… Read More Could the new Life Sciences Strategy be a bit too Basic for the UK’s needs?
Here’s a few things that I’ve been collecting and now seems as good a time as ever to gather them together and share them as one. Researchers may wish to note the following exercise that is running throughout universities and institutions to identify barrier to public engagement. It’s a repeat of an exercise done by… Read More Smash, shrapnel and loose change – a mish mash of news from around public involvement and engagement in health research
What should we make of the latest figures from INVOLVE and the Health Research Authority (HRA) showing which funders are best at public involvement in research? In a re-run of an joint-exercise first done in 2010, INVOLVE and the HRA looked at the public involvement component of over 1100 research applications that went before research… Read More Who are the good, the bad and the ugly at involving the public in medical research? New comparative figures for Government, charities and industry
Over the last few months, I have been noting down charity advertising copy as I go about London. Here are ten. Notice any trends? Diagnosed with blood cancer, Chloe only has one hope…YOU. Text HOPE…. Anthony Nolan Trust 2013 Elliot is deafblind. He can’t tell it’s Christmas. Text TOY to….Sense Help us beat cancer sooner… Read More Fight the good fight: medical research charity advertising slogans
So sang The Beach Boys who were on Radio 2’s ‘In Concert’ this week. Not that I’m a great fan but it seemed apposite given my week. This has involved visits to TrialReach, Oxford (well, virtually!) to discuss plans for public involvement in the Biomedical Research Centre there, my good colleagues at BioMedCentral and, tomorrow,… Read More Round round get around I get around – Caldicott2, patient data, dementia portal and more!
If contemplating NHS change rest assured, and this from one who once visited Mt Etna, that the lava does solidify, some old structures do survive, and it is possible for new ones to be built with solid foundations. Herewith some new and some not so new ‘kids’ on the block in the world of research.… Read More New science networks herald more fertile ground for health innovation
This is an extract from a talk I gave on Monday to the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Newcastle. I tried to answer the following question: The life sciences are seen as fundamental to the nation’s health and to economic growth. But what is the public’s role in making this happen? The… Read More The life sciences, the public and the growth agenda…its not just about bums on seats