Yesterday I joined colleagues from the Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) to present the report of the Generation R event last year, to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies. For many people Generation R at the Science Museum was the highlight of 2013. It was designed, organised and delivered by young … Continue reading It’s out! Report of GenR young people in health research event presented to CMO
A new paediatric clinical research facility has opened today at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool. Funding has come from the university, an Alder Hey appeal, and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). A very important development for children and their parents and the region's growing profile as a hub of nationwide efforts to improve child health. Click … Continue reading New paediatric research facility opens at Alder Hey
I'm at the Lib Dem Party Conference in Liverpool today and tomorrow. The sky is set fair and the sea is calm and so seems the conference mood by and large. I went to a good fring meeting at lunchtime Chaired by Julian Huppert MP and hosted by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), Diabetes UK … Continue reading Science at the Lib Dem Conference
It has been a busy 24 hours in medical research. Beginning with the sunnier side of things, I am sure few of you will have esacaped the wall-to-wall coverage of the study published yesterday showing Vitamin D exerts an influence over certain genes associated with diseases like multiple sclerosis and arthritis. The research is notable for its … Continue reading Sunshine, stem cells and policy hypochondria over the NHS
Global warming was not high on the Victorians' agenda as anyone who attends a summer event in parliament will attest. But the heat is usually a good sign that your event is packed and the conversation flowing. So it was with yesterday's excellent All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research summer reception. The show of strength … Continue reading Science besieges the castle with evidence: to what impact?
I am seriously considering entering the transfer market to buy a psychic octopus that can help me predict the implications of the unfolding Coalition Government strategy. Yesterday saw publication of the much-trailed Health White Paper which I overhead described on yesterday's edition of 'The World Tonight' as the most radical overhaul of the health services … Continue reading The Health White Paper: a research perspective
The Science Minister, David Willetts, will be making his first speech setting out the Government's vision for science in the UK this Friday 9th July at the Royal Institution at 11am. Tickets are free and can be booked through the Ri
I missed this very good viewpoint article on the BBC News website yesterday by Professor Neena Modi, Vice-President for Science and Research at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Professor Modi argues that children and parents are being denied the benefits of clinical research and that until we undertake more clinical studies involving children they … Continue reading Medical research and children