News / Slider / November 28, 2016

Putting Patients First

‘Patients First’ was the title of this year’s Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) conference that brought together 300 medical research experts, patients, charities and research bodies to explore how medical research can deliver better outcomes for patients.

Nicola’s keynote speech focussed on how patients and the public can and must shape innovative research, drawing on her own experiences of living with a difficult-to-diagnose condition. Nicola was clear that public involvement in medical research is essential, and that without it today’s research would be less robust, less practical and consequently less relevant to the needs of future generations.

The conference continued to discuss digital technology and health research amongst other things, giving way to the sharing of best practice and discussing opportunities for further collaboration.

Nicola says: Public involvement is vital for successful medical research, and without the courage and willingness of so many selfless patients in and down this country to take part in clinical trials, much life-saving research would simply never get off the ground. We must all work together across government, industry, and the third sector to commit ourselves to reducing the disease burdens of our time by putting patients first. 


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