GSK’s Witty remarks are easy to swallow from a patient perspective but the rest of the flock must follow

I spoke at the Clinical Discovery 2012 conference yesterday about the future value and impact of clinical research.  This is one of a number of similar events I've presented at over the last month or so.  On reflection there generally seems a more 'upbeat' conversation among conference-goers about clinical research in the UK compared to this time last … Continue reading GSK’s Witty remarks are easy to swallow from a patient perspective but the rest of the flock must follow

Ill-informed consent: EU meeting lays into clinical trials small print for patients

Image by erjkprunczyk via FlickrDaniel Cressey at Nature has written this report from last week's meeting of the European Forum for Good Clinical Practice which took place in Brussels. The basic thrust of the discussion at the meeting was that information given to patients prior to them signing up for a clinical trial: is often vague, too long, … Continue reading Ill-informed consent: EU meeting lays into clinical trials small print for patients

Avoiding the X-factor in using social media for health research

Some of you may have picked up on this interesting study published by Nature Biotechnology and reported by the Wall Street Journal (headline: 'ALS study shows calue of social media as a research tool'). In what the Wall Street Journal describes as an early example of the role that social media might play in clinical trials, … Continue reading Avoiding the X-factor in using social media for health research

Rawlins Review: Academy lays down law on health research regulation

Over the weekend Professor Colin Blakemore said he hoped the Academy of Medical Sciences would come up with radical proposals to end the regulatory mess that holds up UK health research such as clinical trials. I am not sure whether he will feel today's report by the Academy lives up to that aspiration, but I do … Continue reading Rawlins Review: Academy lays down law on health research regulation

Vince Cable on Science: a home-spun piece from afar

They say that if you want to see your hometown or nation in a different light you should walk with a stranger who is seeing and experiencing it for the first time. I probably learnt more about England during my spells living abroad than I have in the years before or since.  So I was … Continue reading Vince Cable on Science: a home-spun piece from afar