Improving medicines for children

Continuing the theme of ‘improving medicines for children’ we are working with the European Paediatric Translational Research Infrastructure (EPTRI), who are asking children (under the age of 18 years) around the world to complete a short questionnaire about how much they like the medicines they take, and how would they like their medicines to be. EPTRI … More Improving medicines for children

Ethical issues of health research involving children and young people

One of the biggest problems faced by researchers working with children and young people is understanding the ethical and legal frameworks that researchers need to follow to successfully undertake research in an ethical manner. To overcome these problems the Health Research Authority offer training (3 days per year) entitled ‘The Ethical Issues of Research Involving Children’ … More Ethical issues of health research involving children and young people

Raising awareness of antibiotics in children and young people – Part 2

This is the second post in a series on how we are raising awareness about antibiotics to audiences of children and young people.  In part 1 we discussed the increased risk of antibiotic resistance, which poses one of the greatest global public health threats of our time. Antibiotics that were once life-saving are becoming of … More Raising awareness of antibiotics in children and young people – Part 2

Raising awareness of antibiotics in children and young people – Part 1

Rapsodies of antibiotic awareness Increased resistance to antibiotics poses one of the greatest global public health threats of our time. In a recent University of Liverpool Science and Society debate, Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government spoke about the global challenges of antimicrobial resistance. … More Raising awareness of antibiotics in children and young people – Part 1

Its all ‘Gobbledegook’ Part 2 – supporting children and young people when making decisions about taking part in research

This is the second post in a series on improving the way we communicate with children, young people and families about participating in health research. In Part 1 entitled ‘Its all Gobbledegook’ I highlighted that writing for patients (especially young patients) and their families about a particular piece of health research or clinical trial is quite … More Its all ‘Gobbledegook’ Part 2 – supporting children and young people when making decisions about taking part in research

It’s all ‘Gobbledegook’ – communicating health research to young people

I have been meaning to write this post for some time and out walking with my dogs today I was catching up on ‘Desert Island Discs’ and listened to an interview with Dame Minouche Shafik, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and now Director of the London School of Economics.  Interestingly she began … More It’s all ‘Gobbledegook’ – communicating health research to young people