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News and Comment

October 2014

This is our chance: WHO seeks comments on reporting clinical trial results
Respond to the World Health Organisation's consultation on reporting results of clinical trials before 15th November.

Live Q&A - send us your questions on genome editing

On 28th October Professor Robbie Waugh, Dr Glenn Bryan, Professor Jonathan Jones, and Dr Huw Tyson will be answering your questions about new genome editing techniques.

EMA removes some restrictions from its data sharing policy
Europe's medicines body listened to us and made it easier for researchers to do their jobs.

September 2014

VoYS member wins science communication award

Mumsnet & Ask for Evidence
This week Mumsnet, the UK’s biggest network for parents, is featuring Ask for Evidence as its “Campaign of the Week”.

Free policy conference for early career scientists
The University of Sheffield group ‘Science in Policy’ has organised a free science-policy conference to be held on the 7th November 2014.

August 2014

Two job opportunities at Sense About Science
We have two new vacancies

Should the EMA be allowed to censor independent analysis of data?
European medicines body seems to want to control publication of analyses of data about side effects of drugs

Energy panel - coming soon

July 2014

No plans to promptly count the dead: The Government replies to our letter

We’ve just received a reply to the letter we sent over a month ago to the Prime Minister saying that the official statistics on deaths in England and Wales are wrong.

VoYS Spoof Diets
Diets on the internet: You might as well make them up

Letter to Mr Juncker: Scientific scrutiny in Europe is essential

We and many organisations across Europe have written to President elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to ask him not to abolish the post of Chief Scientific Advisor. Our letter is in response to a call from environmental NGOs to “scrap this position.

Encouraging young people to ask critical questions
New Ask for Evidence work with teenagers

Live Q&A - send us your questions on soil

Bringing libel reform to Scotland
The Defamation Act 2013 must be extended to Scotland. Can you join us in Edinburgh on Thursday 17th July at 5 pm?

Comment: The Medical Innovation Bill is vague and unnecessary

The Medical Innovation Bill, a private member’s bill that has been taken up by the government, aims to prevent doctors from being sued for negligence when they use a novel or innovative treatment.  It passed Second Reading in the Lords on 27th June 2014 and now goes to Committee.

Today we are launching the Spanish translation of Sense About Homeopathy.

June 2014

But does it make us safer?

Charities tell PM official death statistics are wrong

Sense About Science, the Royal Statistical Society and charities including Samaritans, INQUEST and Scottish Cot Death Trust have written to the Prime Minister calling for him to change the law so that deaths are recorded on the national register without delay. Currently, sudden infant deaths, drug related deaths, suicides, deaths in prison or police custody and unexplained deaths can take up to two and a half years to be registered, so statisticians, public health officials and researchers don’t know about them.

Join us at ESOF
We are running four sessions at the EuroScience Open Forum conference in Copenhagen, 21st – 26th June. Join us if you can.

EU medicines body reverses restrictions on access to trial data following researcher and citizen protest
The EMA is going to remove on-screen-only access clause from its data sharing policy

PETA says milk is linked to autism

May 2014

AllTrials video - Make Clinical Clinical Trials Count

Launch of Making Sense of Chemical Stories

Ask for Evidence on fertility claims
Have you seen claims about fertility?

Toxic misconceptions about chemicals

Ask for Evidence going to Norfolk
We’re taking the Ask for Evidence campaign to the Norfolk Federation of Women’s Institutes ‘Day of Discovery’ on the 15th of May.

April 2014

Ask for Evidence on migraine claims
Have you seen claims about migraine?

Libel Reform in Northern Ireland
Can you join us next week to start the campaign for libel reform in Northern Ireland?

Sense About Science user-tested SAHSU health atlas
Sense about Science carried out five workshops over two years, prior to the recent launch of the health atlas from the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU).

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