Talking medical research at the party conferences

Posted on September 16, 2013 by


It’s conference season and we’ll be heading to Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester over the next three weeks talking about medical research.

We are co-hosting breakfast roundtable discussions with LifeSciences UK – the healthcare industry groups ABPI, BIA, ABHI and BIVDA – posing the question – Life sciences and the NHS: friends or foes?

To kick the conversation off we’ve got some great case studies illustrating some of the successes and some of the challenges of conducting research and adopting innovative new treatments for patients, including:

  • Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research presenting their Trials Acceleration Programme, which is investing in NHS infrastructure and providing co-ordination to boost the number of blood cancer trials.
  • Cancer Research UK and their partnership with the Technology Strategy Board, Pfizer and Astra Zeneca to lay the foundations for stratified medicine development and treatment in the UK, allowing patients to receive targeted treatments for the particular form of their disease.
  • And JDRF will be talking about their ADDRESS-2 project to create a national resource of people with type-1 diabetes who can be approached to take part in diabetes research studies.

Around the table alongside charities, industry and researchers conducting research in the UK will be Lib Dem Paul Burstow MP, Shadow Universities and Science minister Shabana Mahmood MP, Chair of the Commons Science and Technology Committee Andrew Miller MP, and Deputy Mayor for Business and Enterprise in the London Assembly Kit Malthouse, who is involved in plans to establish a ‘Med City’ in London to boost UK life sciences.

If you are heading to the conferences we hope you have a great time and if you see us please do come over and say hello!

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