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It’s time to stop talking and start doing
When it comes to patient engagement and public involvement in research, it’s time to stop talking and start doing. That was the ethos behind the Pioneering Partnerships conference, held on 13 June and hosted by AMRC, ABPI and NIHR.

HRA launches consultation on research transparency
The Health Research Authority has launched their consultation on transparency and openness in health and social care research.The consultation is called Make it Public, and intends to seek views from people across the health and social care research landscape

Lords Committee explores research funding in universities
 Over the past month, the Lords Science and Technology Committee has been exploring science research funding in universities. This has included the impact from the government’s commitment to reach 2.4% of UK GDP invested in R&D as well as the recommendations from the recent review of post-18 education.

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Psychiatry Consortium to address unmet patient needs
Medicines Discovery Catapult, MQ: Transforming mental health and Alzheimer’s Research UK announce an innovative drug discovery consortium with industry, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The Psychiatry Consortium will focus on the identification and validation of novel drug targets for psychiatric diseases.

Hunt and Johnson vie to become Prime Minister
 Following a series of votes by Conservative MPs, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP and Boris Johnson MP are through to the final vote that will decide who will become party leader and Prime Minister. All Conservative party members will cast their vote and the results are expected on 23 July

Call for Next Prime Minister to back R&D
We've united with other leading organisations to call on the next Prime Minister to make investment in science and innovation a key priority. A joint statement, co-signed by AMRC, urges the next Conservative leader to deliver a concrete and overdue vision for UK R&D which builds upon existing pledges.

What's on? Other events in medical research

New life science sector data published
The fifth annual Life Science Competitiveness Indicators report 2019 has been published by DHSC, OLS, and BEIS. The report includes data on the life sciences sector in the UK and other countries.

World survey reveals people trust experts
The Wellcome Global Monitor 2018 shows high overall global trust in doctors, nurses and scientists, and confidence in vaccines. It also shows that half the world’s population say they know little, if anything, about science. And almost one in five feels excluded from the benefits of science.

New guidance for reporting problems with medical devices
The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has released new videos that provide online guidance to help patients complete a Yellow Card report of a suspected side effect of a medicine or possible problem with a medical device. The videos have been published on the Yellow Card website.

Risk and reward in an uncertain world
To gain a deeper understanding of the risks facing charities and how they are coping with them, Third Sector and Ecclesiastical Insurance have compiled a new report ‘Charity Risk Barometer 2019: Risk and reward in an uncertain world’. It uses the results of a survey of 200 senior leaders in the charity sector.

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