NICE makes bold intervention on clinical trials and children

It is great to see our drugs watchdog, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), make such a bold statement today that all children and young people with cancer should be given the opportunity to take part in clinical trials and research. The statement, which is one of seven making up NICE's 'Quality … Continue reading NICE makes bold intervention on clinical trials and children

It’s out! Report of GenR young people in health research event presented to CMO

Yesterday I joined colleagues from the Medicines for Children Research Network (MCRN) to present the report of the Generation R event last year, to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Professor Dame Sally Davies. For many people Generation R at the Science Museum was the highlight of 2013.  It was designed, organised and delivered by young … Continue reading It’s out! Report of GenR young people in health research event presented to CMO

CMO as good as her word on young people’s involvement in research

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, published her annual report today. Actually, it's two reports. The first is the usual state of the nation summary of the population's coughs and splutters. The second, uniquely this year, looks in depth at the worrying lack of attention we have paid to young people's health. It's … Continue reading CMO as good as her word on young people’s involvement in research

Generation R event: young people in research storm the barricades of science

What was it that the author, William Golding, said when asked if he went to church? 'No I don't, and I don't think God does either.' I feel the same about medical research conferences. They often seem to be places where people go to worship the science rather than what it can do for people. … Continue reading Generation R event: young people in research storm the barricades of science