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
One of my highlights of last year was judging the ‘Access to Understanding’ science writing competition. And I didn’t event win it! Well, the good news is that it’s happening again and the 2014 competition was launched this morning. The less good news perhaps – from the point of view of entrants anyway – is… Read More Pens and PCs to the ready: 2014 Access to Understanding science writing competition is launched
Sometimes it is the lot of the blogger to feel like the producer of ‘Have I Got News For You.’ One’s research can taken you to all sorts of places you didn’t know existed. Then again it can also turn up some gems. This morning I blogged about the WHO report on medicine priorities and… Read More Moorfields research team reports on benefits of public involvement to eye patients and staff
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 public might just be on the verge of getting the sort of health research regulator they need and deserve. Yesterday the Health Research Authority (HRA) published its plans for promoting transparency around publication of health research findings. Of particular note from a public and patient perspective is its proposal to: ‘set standards and issue… Read More Research transparency: HRA shows a cool head where others fear to tread
I make no apology for being a little bit obsessed by plain English summaries of research this week. Events have conspired to make it this way. So, what did NIHR do when faced late last year with rising concern among academics, researchers, patients and the public about the poor quality of lay summaries? It commissioned… Read More INVOLVE steps forward to change behaviours on plain English summaries of health research
And if you already have one you can always re-gift it (to me)! This is a new science writing competition for researchers and I shall be one of the judges I am delighted to say. The ‘Access to Understanding’ writing competition for bioscience researchers has been launched by Europe PubMed Central and The British Library… Read More Writing competition open for entries – win an iPad and article in eLife #A2UComp