White, middle-class and well-connected – and that’s just the patients: is this the health research culture we wish to see in the UK? Ever since it was established in 2011, the Health Research Authority (HRA) – the UK regulator of health research whose mission is ‘to protect and promote the public interest’ – has commissioned… Read More New @HRA_Latest @OfficialNIHR data on UK public attitudes to health research highlights need to work with under-represented groups to break down barriers #diversity
There is much post-Brexit talk of using our new-found political independence to liberalise clinical trials in the U.K. We can cut ourselves free of all that terrible EU red-tape that has weighed us down. Or so the argument goes. We can be quicker and more efficient than other countries. We will be more attractive to… Read More The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK
You probably don’t need to hear another thing about the EU, do you? (By the way what a terrible EU referendum campaign it is – have you ever heard such hyperb******s from our politicians?) But this really is a good thing. Following the passage of the new EU Clinical Trials Regulation, the European Commission has started… Read More EU issues draft guidelines on providing clinical trial results so you and I can understand them #clinicaltrials
Today’s rare foray onto the UK political scene by Tony Blair reminded me of a simpler time when politicians just used to repeat the same word three times for added emphasis. Or was it the daleks who used to do that? Funny how nightmares and the stuff of dreams can sometimes get confused in this way. Should either… Read More Blog: Consent, consent, consent…….new public dialogue report from @HRA_Latest
This is a really interesting study published in PLOS ONE today. Eessentially it’s a survey of the attitudes of 2300 participants in TwinsUK (a national biobank) to giving their consent to medical research. The full paper can be found here. The results of the survey would seem to highlight what has been a growing theme in the… Read More Consent for medical research comes under scrutiny yet again: time for ethics committees to stop second-guessing the public?
Two posts in one day! Ah, those were the days when we got two Post Office deliveries a day…. Just to say the Government has published the full terms of reference for its Innovative Medicines and MedTech Review to be headed up by Sir Hugh Taylor who is currently Chair of Guy’s and St Thomas’s. Yes, that’s… Read More Government pushes forward with review to speed up availability of innovative medicines and treatments
What should we make of the latest figures from INVOLVE and the Health Research Authority (HRA) showing which funders are best at public involvement in research? In a re-run of an joint-exercise first done in 2010, INVOLVE and the HRA looked at the public involvement component of over 1100 research applications that went before research… Read More Who are the good, the bad and the ugly at involving the public in medical research? New comparative figures for Government, charities and industry