Health Research Authority (HRA) draft guidance on sharing trial results with research participants and more!

The Health Research Authority (HRA) is to be congratulated on its draft guidance to researchers on providing information to participants at the end of the study.  The guidance is open for consultation until the end of this month.It takes a common-sense approach to sharing trial results with study participants. I challenge any researcher not to find … Continue reading Health Research Authority (HRA) draft guidance on sharing trial results with research participants and more!

Big month in Brussels for clinical trials…but let’s not be hasty

It's going to be a 'big-ish' month in the EU for clinical trials. By most accounts, EU legislators will reach a compromise agreement on the proposed new Clinical Trials Regulation in time for Christmas.  The key focus for industry bodies is around making sure the legislation embraces aggressive timelines for the approval of clinical trials. Remind me, isn't … Continue reading Big month in Brussels for clinical trials…but let’s not be hasty

There is no point to the javelin

It has come to this.  The world's top tennis players rush their shots to beat an 11pm curfew.  Bruce and Sir Paul are turned-off mid-performance.  And they don't use real javelins in schools. Looking across the the athletics field at my sons' school sports day, I spied a clutch of children competing in the javelin.  Except this … Continue reading There is no point to the javelin

Cancer Research UK report on impact of EU Clinical Trials Directive

Last week Cancer Research UK made one of its regular forays to the European Parliament to launch a new report about the impact of the EU Clinical Trials Directive.   As you may know, the Directive is being reviewed by the EU institutions with a view to amendment, and the UK medical research lobby has … Continue reading Cancer Research UK report on impact of EU Clinical Trials Directive

Promoting clinical trial participation

This coming week I am speaking at The Prostate Cancer Charity's national conference. 20 minutes on public engagement including questions and answers. My first call to action to the audience is likely to be about encouraging patient participation in clinical trials. Compared to five or even one year ago there now seems a great deal … Continue reading Promoting clinical trial participation

EU clinical trials push by broad UK coalition

Good to see a broad coalition of UK organisations including AMRC issue this joint statement today urging for the ongoing revision of EU Clinical Trials Directive to culminate in less bureaucracy for funders and others when setting up and running trials. No one would argue with the need to put patient safety first but I … Continue reading EU clinical trials push by broad UK coalition

Is science at ease with itself?

Trust, respect and openness have felt big themes for the week. I was really sorry not to get to 'Sense about Science's' annual lecture not least because it meant I missed Director, Tracey Brown, do one of her fabulous welcomes and introductions.  The main act was Cambridge University historian, Professor Richard Evans, who examined the relationship … Continue reading Is science at ease with itself?

A Wellcome round-up to the research week

While the Home Office struggles to recover from its Nutt allergy the rest of us have been busy funding and promoting good science. Our communications officer, Sara, tells me that if I use more searchable terms in my blog headlines I will get more visitors.  'What, more than the million or so I receive each day?' I said.  Anyway, … Continue reading A Wellcome round-up to the research week