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The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance

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The inaugural Elizabeth Blackwell Public Lecture 'The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antibiotic resistance’ will be given by Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Department of Health.

The lecture will be held on 26 November 2014 at 6pm, at the University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building.

Dame Sally Davies has played a major role in the formation of the National Institute for Health Research and has spoken out on many topics of major importance in public health, including the threat of antibiotic resistance and the normalisation of being overweight.

This Public Lecture is named after Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the USA and to be placed on the UK’s medical register.  Elizabeth was born in Bristol in 1821 and returned to the UK in 1859 to lecture at a social sciences congress held on the site now occupied by the Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building.  Elizabeth Blackwell worked tirelessly throughout her life to improve public health.

DATE: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6-7pm.  The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

VENUE: Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building, Queen's Road, University of Bristol, BS8 1RJ

This event is free to attend but registration is required:  Places are filling fast so hurry up and book now to avoid disappointment!



NIHR School for Social Care Research: Call for Research Proposals Launched

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The NIHR School for Social Care Research's mission includes commissioning high-quality research to improve the evidence base for adult social care practice in England.

Our first Call for Research Proposals is now live. We are looking for innovative and high-quality research proposals addressing the big questions for adult social care practice for the next 5 to 10 years. A number of key themes have been identified for this Call. The School has £2 million available for this Call, and expects to commission a range of projects (around 8 in total) in terms of size and budget, with a maximum budget of £1m for any individual project.

SSCR welcomes proposals led by academic researchers, practice researchers, professionals, people who use services and/or carers.

For further information see website:



NIHR Funding Deadline Calendar

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The latest NIHR funding deadline calendar, as prepared by the Research Design Service, is available here:

The NIHR funding deadline calendar can be searched by funding stream or date.

Please contact the RDS-SW at, if you wish to make any applications and would like RDS assistance in sourcing patients, with public involvement, design, costing, or finding team members and external NHS partners.



Gadgets & Gizmos' Event

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image003-1The ‘Gadgets and Gizmos’ event will feature a range of stands and stalls exhibiting the different types of equipment, aids, apps and technology supporting independence that can help people stay safe in their own home and give carers peace of mind.

Drop in and see what’s available, and try out some of the innovative gadgets.

There are also three presentations available to watch throughout the day:

  • From Poundland to Broadband – Jim Ellam (Staffordshire County Council)
  • Having your say on gadgets and gizmos – Nikki Holliday (Coventry University)
  • Technology for younger disabled people – Paul Doyle (Hereward College)

The event is taking place onTuesday 8th July at the Council House in Coventry, from 9:30am until 2:30pm.

You can book your (free) place at:

The Council House is located on the corner of Earl Street, just down from the Cathedral; the closest car park is on Salt Lane, CV1 2GY (


Upcoming talk: Possible brain mechanisms underlying creative thinking

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Professor Arne Dietrich will give a talk on Thursday 26th June at 4:15pm at the Univeristy of Bath, room CB 5.6, entitled: "Possible brain mechanisms underlying creative thinking".

Arne Dietrich is a professor in cognitive neuroscience at the American University of Beirut, and is currently visiting the University of Bath. His research interests are on consciousness, creativity, learning and memory, and exercise and mental health. All are welcome to attend this talk.


New EU Clinical Trials Regulation published

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On 27 May 2014, the Clinical Trials Regulation was published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU).

The regulation, which will replace the existing EU Clinical Trials Directive, will streamline the authorisation process and harmonise requirements for clinical trials in Europe.

Applicants will now submit a single application for a clinical trial, regardless of the number of participating member states and there will be one application per member state.

In the UK, this will mean that a single decision on a clinical trial will replace the current separate approvals given by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the Research Ethics Committee (REC).

It will apply from 28 May 2016 unless the IT infrastructure that underpins the regulation is not fully functional.

The Health Research Authority (HRA) , which is responsible for RECs with the UK Health Departments’ Research Ethics Service, and MHRA have been working closely together throughout the negotiations for the regulation and will continue to do so as the UK prepares to implement it.

Recently announced plans for HRA assessment and approval will be a key element in UK preparations for the regulation.


Upcoming Talk: A little bit of stress does you good

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On the evening of Wednesday 2nd July 2014 Dr Julie Turner-Cobb, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath, is talking at the Bath Royal Literary and Science Institution on "A little bit of stress does you good: unravelling the meaning of stress for health and well-being in children and adults."

This talk will examine the notion of the popular concept of stress. As well as looking at the science behind how stress can contribute to physical illness, I will also challenge the view that stress is always bad for you. The talk draws from studies of adults across a range of different physical health conditions and takes a life course perspective drawing from research on stress and health in children. I will present a number of different ways to measure stress, from biological sampling to the use of questionnaires and laboratory experiments.

The talk is being held as part of the series of talks organised by the South West of England branch of the British Psychological Society and is a free event open to all.

Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Science Institution, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN

Time: 7:00pm to 9pm (talk starts at 7:30pm)

All enquiries:Contact Chloe Giles at


Pain & Prejudice: Tom Sutcliffe discusses the history of pain on BBC Radio 4

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head painTom Sutcliffe discusses the history of pain with the historian Joanna Bourke, who explores how our attitude to suffering has changed through the centuries. The former Conservative MP, Norman Fowler, looks back at the public health campaign that revolutionised the fight against HIV and Aids in Britain in the 1980s, and how discrimination and political expediency are hampering prevention and treatment around the world today.

The Director of the Wellcome Trust, Jeremy Farrar remembers when he was a junior doctor and patients were dying of Aids because there was no treatment. He warns that the overuse and misuse of anti-biotic drugs could herald a return to the days of untreatable diseases.

Listen here:


Rekindling Community: Alastair McIntosh to speak in Keynsham on 4th July

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World renowned writer, campaigner, broadcaster, teacher and academic, Alastair McIntosh, is to visit Keynsham to speak during the Keynsham Music Festival on 4th July 2014. Alastair is known across the world for his many books and especially for his achievements in Scotland helping the beleaguered residents of the Isle of Eigg to become the first Scottish community ever to clear their laird from his own estate. His next target was the attempt by a multinational quarrying company to turn a majestic mountain on the Hebridean Isle of Harris into a giant superquarry. He persuaded the Native American Warrior Chief Sulian Stone Eagle Herney to come to Scotland and help assemble the first-ever theological submission to a public inquiry. This attracted international attention and the tiny population of the island successfully achieved one of the most striking challenges to corporate power in British history.

In his own words, "I use the factual campaign stories as a carrier to express the deeper story of our times - the struggle of the human spirit to shine, the imperative of making community, the recovery of a credible spirituality.." He calls his work 'human ecology' - how the human race relates to the rest of nature in a way that allows both to flourish. His extraordinary breadth of knowledge and experience could not be more relevant to the problems faced by our civilization today.

In this sentence from his celebrated book, Soil and Soul, Alastair gave us this idea of the message he aims to get across in the Keynsham event: "We had to shake people out of a meek acceptance of the Powers that Be, out of the consensus trance zone and into the transformative fire of indignation."

Come along to Keynsham on 4th July and be inspired!

Find out more and buy tickets from Keynsham Town Council or at


Do men have a higher threshold for pain, or are they just a bit emotionally repressed?

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It’s a commonly held belief that women are better able to tolerate pain than men. The reasoning behind this is often that women are built to withstand pain because of how frequently they experience pain in their lives from events such as periods and childbirth. On the other hand, when a typical man gets a cold he’s often laughed at for suffering a bout of “man-flu”.

There are clear and consistent gender differences in the perception and experience of pain. But are such views really a helpful way of thinking about men and women’s pain? After all, men will never experience period pain or childbirth, so why are we speculating how they would cope in such a situation? Why do we dismiss male pain responses as exaggerated and trivial, and what effect does the normalisation of women’s pain have on treatment?

If we’re really to understand the differences, we need to move beyond simplistic generalisations. To read the full article, written by Dr Edmund Keogh, a Reader in Psychology at the University of Bath, visit: