Lancet study puts NIHR top of the intl league table for health research in the public interest inc. public involvement @TheLancet

Yesterday the Lancet published a study by Mona Nasser, Mike Clarke, Iain Chalmers and others looking at how well eleven international research founders are doing to reduce waste in research. This follows a series of articles by Chalmers et al over the last couple of years on the same issue. The study scored funders using… Read More Lancet study puts NIHR top of the intl league table for health research in the public interest inc. public involvement @TheLancet

Do we really need the Medical Innovation ‘Saatchi’ Bill? I’m unconvinced.

If I were a Member of Parliament (MP) voting today on the Medical Innovation Bill – otherwise known as the Saatchi Bill – then, at best, I would be abstaining.  That sounds like a cop-out but please read on. The Bill is named after its sponsor in Parliament, Lord Maurice Saatchi whose wife died of ovarian… Read More Do we really need the Medical Innovation ‘Saatchi’ Bill? I’m unconvinced.

Patient View Report: Pharma industry’s lack of transparency harming reputation with patients

Earlier this week Patient View published the results of its annual tracker of the pharmaceutical industry’s reputation among patient groups. The latest study surveyed 600 patient groups (72% of them from Europe). As well as asking patient groups to rank 29 pharmaceutical companies by various indices (such as whether their practices were patient-centred) – Lundbeck… Read More Patient View Report: Pharma industry’s lack of transparency harming reputation with patients

Text of speech to INVOLVE 2012 – Public involvement in research: would you like that shaken or stirred?

Public involvement in research: would you like that shaken or stirred? So, ladies and gentlemen, there I was on Saturday afternoon, at the pictures, watching the new James Bond movie, ‘Skyfall.’  This was background research for today you understand; listening to Adele dolefully sing: ‘This is the end’ which is the opening line of the… Read More Text of speech to INVOLVE 2012 – Public involvement in research: would you like that shaken or stirred?