A good dose of public insight is needed to help the medicine go down – new @acmedsci report! #evidence

It's all over the media today...... Only about one third of the British public say they trust the evidence derived from medical research. Confronted with media hype, claim versus counter-claim, a paucity of good quality accessible information and time-short GPs, and with few reliable tools to help them, patients are struggling to make sense of... Continue Reading →

Churches’ late showing on ‘three-person baby’ issue is based on a wing and prayer not evidence

I hope those MPs who have yet to decide how to vote in tomorrow's parliamentary debate on the statutory instrument on mitochnodrial donation - 'three-person babies' - will take a few minutes to listen to Sharon Bernardi in this BBC News report from the weekend.  Sharon has lost seven children to mitochonria disease and her appeal for this legislation... Continue Reading →

Spend £1 on cancer research and get 40p back every year: what’s not to like?

Today the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Medical Research holds its summer reception in parliament. This annual event has become an important fixture on the health research calendar. The 'great and the good' assemble to focus on a key issue of the day and to network. At some point in proceedings they will be addressed by... Continue Reading →

Science interviews: Tooke goes collaborative, and Glover is not overcome by emotion

I thought the following interviews might be of general interest.  Both are with recently appointed science leaders.  Both, among other things, major on the need for greater collaboration in research. Times Higher Educational Supplement (THES) interviews the new President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Sir John Tooke. Sir John chaired the discussion panel I was... Continue Reading →

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 →

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