Mary Poppins no longer has the answers in medicine – for either doctor or patient 

It is said that when Robert Sherman sat down to write 'A Spoonful of Sugar' he was inspired by his children's tale of being given their polio vaccine on a sugar cube. The iconic song from Mary Poppins, lyrically captures a moment in time when the relationship between society, medicine and research was a more... Continue Reading →

We need to get personal about ‘antibiotic resistance’ if we want the public to help fight infection @wellcometrust

The Wellcome Trust have this morning put out the results of a very interesting study about public understanding of antibiotic resistance. The research by Good Business found that people struggle with what the term 'antibiotic resistance' means, and are more comfortable with alternative terms such as “drug-resistant infections” or “antibiotic-resistant germs."  Also that, because of the... Continue Reading →

NIHR Friday: BioResource launch has volunteers at its heart

Delighted to see today's announcement by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) of the new NIHR BioResource.  The importance of the new BioResource (the main website for the BioResource is here) is underlined by the fact that not one Minister but both the Secretary of State for Health, Minister for Health plus the Chief Medical Officer, Professor... Continue Reading →

Michael J Fox? Hugh Grant? Thom Yorke? Who’s next to enter ‘clinical trials get me into it?’

Great launch last night for healthtalkonline's new clinical trials modules in which parents and young people talk about their experiences, warts and all. I think the next module in the offing is on 'Biobanking' with quite a few more in development. It is a strange but true and rather brilliant fact that the actor Hugh... Continue Reading →

Dame Sally Davies interview in the FT

Dame Sally Davies, England's new Chief Medical Officer, gives a frank and open interview in today's Financial Times.  In it, Dame Sally says that she will continue to play a leadership role with respect to NHS R&D but with perhaps less involvement in the day-to-day running (my interpretation).

CMO England..and Wales

AMRC's warmest congratulations to Dame Sally Davies, currently Director of R&D at the Department of Health, on her appointment as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England.   I wasn't quite sure from the news release whether Dame Sally will continue to hold the R&D portfolio as she has been doing since becoming interim CMO.  Anyway, all... Continue Reading →

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