The medical marathon; a piece to mark the #LondonMarathon2014

What is, I wonder, the equivalent of Noel Coward's lyric 'only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,' which might encapsulate the phenomenon that is the Virgin Money London Marathon? This morning tens of thousands of runners will set out from Greenwich Park as they do every year with high hopes of finishing two, three, four … Continue reading The medical marathon; a piece to mark the #LondonMarathon2014

The public interest argument must extend beyond open access…here’s a sort of lay summary

Good Guardian blog yesterday giving a lay summary of the 'open access' debate vis a vis papers published in scientific journals.  There's also been a healthy exchange of letters in The Times this week but ironically that's behind their paywall.  However, at least The Times is available in all good newsagents at a reasonable price. Unsurprisingly, I … Continue reading The public interest argument must extend beyond open access…here’s a sort of lay summary

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

Science in the Big Society

A quick post.  I meant to mention, and link to, this interesting post and discussion thread on Alice Bell's excellent blog on Wednesday.  It was prompted by a Royal Society blog by Jack Stilgoe.   In a nutshell it is a discussion of the relevance of the Big Society to science.  I notice that the British … Continue reading Science in the Big Society