Mary Poppins no longer has the answers in medicine – for either doctor or patient 

It is said that when Robert Sherman sat down to write 'A Spoonful of Sugar' he was inspired by his children's tale of being given their polio vaccine on a sugar cube. The iconic song from Mary Poppins, lyrically captures a moment in time when the relationship between society, medicine and research was a more... Continue Reading →

We need to get personal about ‘antibiotic resistance’ if we want the public to help fight infection @wellcometrust

The Wellcome Trust have this morning put out the results of a very interesting study about public understanding of antibiotic resistance. The research by Good Business found that people struggle with what the term 'antibiotic resistance' means, and are more comfortable with alternative terms such as “drug-resistant infections” or “antibiotic-resistant germs."  Also that, because of the... Continue Reading →

NIHR Friday: BioResource launch has volunteers at its heart

Delighted to see today's announcement by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) of the new NIHR BioResource.  The importance of the new BioResource (the main website for the BioResource is here) is underlined by the fact that not one Minister but both the Secretary of State for Health, Minister for Health plus the Chief Medical Officer, Professor... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

New CLAHRCs announced in local health research boost. Here’s a list and links. #nihrclahrcs

The Department of Health this morning announced the successful NIHR Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLSHRCs).  The formal press release can be found here. Thirteen CLAHRCs have been awarded over £120M in total following an open competition earlier this year.  The details of the latter can be found here. Further details... Continue Reading →

It’s NIHR Friday inc. new publications, a competition and NIHR CCF makes the Grade with patients

Yes, it truly does seem as though Friday should be dubbed 'NIHR Friday' given the propensity for my erstwhile colleagues to push info out on the aforementioned day.  The clutch of interesting announcements this week include: Publication of the NIHR Annual Report for 2011-2012.  You know, I'm sorry if this offends some people but I'm... Continue Reading →

Prof Dame Sally Davies (CMO) talks about science communications, the media and public involvement

Rather than just tweet this as a link, I thought some background was needed. This is a ten minute extract of a much longer interview I did with Professor Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health. The interview came at the beginning of a two-day NIHR training camp... Continue Reading →

The secret weapon in UK public health research

I attended a good breakfast meeting today about public health research. It was convened by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Medical Research. The speakers included Professor David Heymann (Chair of the Health Protection Agency), Professor Robert West (Director of Tobacco Studies at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre), Professor Anne Johnson (Professor of... Continue Reading →

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