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?
Science historian and Guardian science blogger, Vanessa Heggie (@HPS_Vanessa) has written a fascinating piece about how AIDS activists among others changed the way we run clinical trials and persuaded researchers to adopt new methods. That’s certainly the history lesson passed down to me as Chair of INVOLVE by previous members. They will tell you that, before we ever talked… Read More The Medical Research Council (MRC) is ‘a good egg’ and that’s the issue
We have had two pieces of good news about health research of patient benefit this week. First, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued new guidance saying that tamoxifen or raloxifene taken daily for five years can cut breast cancer risk by 40%. This means women at risk of developing breast cancer have… Read More Blog: We have the public to thank for this week’s well-informed decisions in health research
I’m always very chuffed when people ask for a copy of my presentations after a talk. Usually I am quite good at emailing them to people or asking the organisers to send them round. Anyway, I have done a lot of meetings lately and thought I would post here copies of my slides from the… Read More @SDenegri presentations about the public and health research from Leicester, HSRN and Leeds
NIHR Clinical Research Network Survey Patient and Carer (Lay) Involvement in Research: Your Experience The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN) Patient and Public Involvement Steering Group is running a survey to capture how being involved in research impacts on patients and carers. You should take part in this survey if… Read More It’s NIHR Friday – Public involvement: did the research network move for you?
The Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Trust launched its new five-year research strategy in London yesterday. I have to say I am highly impressed. In terms of content and dissemination they seem to have single-handedly shown the rest of the medical research charity sector how to embrace the future as a funder and a patient group. Why is it… Read More Now this is good, very good. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust has a transparent new research strategy