Free new UK clinical trials search phone app available

The UK Clinical Trials Gateway has just launched a mobile phone app enabling you to search for information on clinical trials.  You can download it through the Apple Store by typing 'UK Clinical Trials Gateway' into the search field.  Otherwise appgrabber has it for download here.  And its free. Not yet available as a full … Continue reading Free new UK clinical trials search phone app available

Why Georgia is an example to us all on clinical trials

This is a piece I spotted in the local press in Wirral about schoolgirl, Georgia Semple, who is a member of the Young People's Advisory Group for the NIHR Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN). The Group helps with the design of clinical research - from conveying their views and concerns to researchers, to writing … Continue reading Why Georgia is an example to us all on clinical trials

International leaders in cancer research in conversation and a new Channel 4 video on clinical trials

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has a rather nifty web-page at the moment with various leading lights in cancer research talking about cancer therapeutics.   They include Bob Brown, chair, translational oncology, Imperial College London. And hear is a rather nifty video explaining drug trials done by Channel 4.  Just click on the picture … Continue reading International leaders in cancer research in conversation and a new Channel 4 video on clinical trials

Cancer Research UK does not have all the answers..and that’s an invitation to the rest of us

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 … Continue reading Cancer Research UK does not have all the answers..and that’s an invitation to the rest of us

From peer review to clinical trials

So there I was this morning talking about peer review, when what should come through the Ovarian Cancer Action letterbox but our certificate of best practice from the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) for our peer reivew practices. It's great to have this 'quality-mark' for all that we do as a research funder. If … Continue reading From peer review to clinical trials

Clinical trials round-up

Several articles today look at the expansion in the number of clinical trials taking place around the world. The Guardain - prompted by a report published at the World Conference of Science Journalists - looks at the ethical issues arising out of the increasing number of trials in the developing world. This article in Pharma … Continue reading Clinical trials round-up

Democratising research

So I thought you might be interested in my thoughts on innovation and public involvement that I shared with the audience at the PatientsParticipate! conference at the British Library on Friday afternoon. The real star of the show thought was patient advocate, Graham Steele, who gave us an absorbing tour of social media and public … Continue reading Democratising research

‘Scroll down’ for clinical trials

To begin with, here's more on that Pfizer story about use of mobile phone technology etc in clinical trials. It seems to have piqued an interest among many of you anyway. Also on the subject of clinical trials, I was rather perplexed by this story running out of the NHS Confederation this morning. I'm delighted … Continue reading ‘Scroll down’ for clinical trials

International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up

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 … Continue reading International clinical trials day and a bit of mopping-up

Department of Health about to have a Field day taking calls, I believe.

The NHS seems to be dominating my life this week.  Quite apart from the news headlines, it has involved two visits to the doctors and a blood test so far ..but I am on the mend I am pleased to report.  All I can say is, a 45 minute wait for a blood test and excellent … Continue reading Department of Health about to have a Field day taking calls, I believe.

mICRA, PROSPERO, Beddington and Bell

Announcements are like buses.  There are none for what seem like days and then several come all at once.  My job is to make sure you get on the right one... NIHR has several announcements out today which AMRC and its members have had some involvement or interest in.  The first is the launch of the new … Continue reading mICRA, PROSPERO, Beddington and Bell

Some reflections on the vCJD blood test story

The BBC's Fergus Walsh wrote an excellent blog this week about the prototype blood test for vCJD (Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease). But there is another story implicit behind it that is worth telling - what has been achieved through the fortitude of patients and scientists working together in the face of insurmountable odds.  I can not do justice … Continue reading Some reflections on the vCJD blood test story

Second Reading of the Health and Social Care Bill: An open letter to MPs

Dear Member of Parliament, This afternoon the Health and Social Care Bill will recieve its Second Reading in the House of Commons.  The legislation sets out a far-reaching programme for reforming the NHS and the provision of patient care.  The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and its 127 member charities believe that high quality … Continue reading Second Reading of the Health and Social Care Bill: An open letter to MPs

Health and social care reforms on trial

What better starting point for today's blog than the comments of two leading clinicians speaking about the importance of clinical trials to patient outcomes.  First, Dr Duncan Wheatley, a Clinical Oncologist and Lead for Research in the South West Peninsula, who is quoted in a BBC Cornwall story today about medical research at the Royal … Continue reading Health and social care reforms on trial

Getting touchy over the information revolution

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 … Continue reading Getting touchy over the information revolution

Regulating research – Blakemore/Deer comment pieces + AMRC background

Ahead of next week's Academy of Medical Sciences (AMS) much anticipated report on medical research regulation I see  The Times and Sunday Times (both paywall) have published pieces this weekend by scientist Professor Colin Blakemore and journalist Brian Deer respectively, offering different perspectives on the issue of regulation. If you are looking for further background on … Continue reading Regulating research – Blakemore/Deer comment pieces + AMRC background

More NHS patients participating in UK clinical trials than ever before

A piece of good news with which to begin the New Year.  PharmaTimes is reporting that the number of patients participating in clinical trials jumped by 67% last year to over half a million (compared to over 300,000 in 2009). The new CEO of the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network Co-ordinating Centre (NIHR … Continue reading More NHS patients participating in UK clinical trials than ever before