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

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

Royal College looks to boost child health research with children’s charter

I am prone to beating up our Royal Colleges for one reason or another.  But, over the last few years, I have grown to admire and respect the work of one of their number in particular - the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). Yesterday, RCPCH launched a new report entitled 'Turning the Tide: … Continue reading Royal College looks to boost child health research with children’s charter

I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform

On my train journey from Edinburgh this morning, I listened to a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in about the implications of Scottish independence.  The intricacies of a possible de-coupling from the UK are fascinating - from the economy to people's pensions, to the NHS. I've yet to read an article written specifically about the pros and cons … Continue reading I’ve got a pile of irony to do tonight – from Scottish independence to NHS reform

Doctors' hours and research: the space-time continuum

Yesterday I spoke at a meeting of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).  There was an outstanding presentation before mine by Kate Baker, a young academic paediatrician, about what inspired her to go into research.  She talked about the importance of charismatic role models in attracting young doctors to science.  But also highlighted … Continue reading Doctors' hours and research: the space-time continuum