With the rise in open-access journals and the proliferation of scientific blogging, reporting and patient-led forums on the web, it could be argued there’s never been a better time for producing and accessing clinical research.
However, with the tendency of tabloids for sensationalist reporting, recent scandals of research fraud, withholding of data by commercial interests and political tussles over research funding it can be difficult even for health professionals, let alone the general public to find good quality research and make sense of all the information out there.
In this month’s CogTalk, Dr Chris Rollinson and André Tomlin will discuss what makes good research, where it can go wrong and who regulates researchers, as well as how to interpret media reporting of research, where to find the information you need and how to make sense of all the research out there.
Chris Rollinson is Research Governance Manager at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. He has a background in clinical research and runs training courses on good clinical practice. André Tomlin is Founder and Director of Minervation, an evidence-based healthcare consultancy, and runs The Mental Elf, a website that provides up-to-date reliable information on the latest good quality mental health research.
Location: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University.
Free admission - but booking is essential.