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    Join us in parliament on 1st November

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    Join us in parliament on 1st November 22 September 2016 Will you join us to tell parliamentarians, ministers and officials that evidence matters to you and you expect it to matter to government too This is so important, particularly in the face of a new wisdom setting in that the public aren’t interested in evidence…

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    Peer Review Week 2016

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    Peer Review Week 2016 21 September 2016 It’s Peer Review Week! This year we are celebrating the role that reviewers play in the process and how important it is that we #RecognizeReview. Many of the partners of Peer Review Week have illustrated how they #RecognizeReview and their commitment to improving that support. We think peer…

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    Evidence Matters

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    Evidence Matters 15 September 2016 We are making a case to parliamentarians, ministers and officials that evidence matters to the public, and that we expect politicians and civil servants to discuss it openly. Contrary to the views of some commentators, that the public only responds to emotional rhetoric and political soundbites, we’ve seen a very…

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    Response to stories suggesting that vaping is as bad for the heart as cigarettes

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    Response to stories suggesting that vaping is as bad for the heart as cigarettes Articles on Tuesday 30th August in The Times, Telegraph, The Sun, Mirror and Daily Mail reported that “vaping risk is similar to smoking” and that vaping is “as bad for the heart as cigarettes”. Professor Peter Hajek, director of the Tobacco Dependence Research Unit at the Wolfson Institute of…

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    Understanding health research

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    Understanding health research 9 August 2016 This week researchers at the University of Glasgow, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit launched Understanding Health Research, a new interactive website to help people go beyond the headlines and better understand health research. We helped in the development and promotion of this tool to make it as…

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    Join us at ESOF

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    Join us at ESOF 22 July 2016 We’ll be at the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF 2016) in Manchester, starting this weekend. We hope to see many of you there. We hope to see you at our drinks reception on Tuesday 26th from 5.30pm to 7pm, to celebrate the launch of Sense about Science EU. Our new Sense about…

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    Standing up for evidence and reason in Europe

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    Standing up for evidence and reason in Europe 24 June 2016 A lot of people have contacted us in recent days worried that during the referendum debate it started to become more acceptable to openly and cynically embrace untrue statements and dismiss expertise, and wondering what this means for people who are working to achieve…

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    Parent-led tool shows value of public engagement

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    Parent-led tool shows value of public engagement 21 June 2016 Website shares complex children’s heart surgery data with families Sense about Science has been working with researchers and patients’ families to develop an innovative website, Understanding Children’s Heart Surgery Outcomes. The website, which launches today, will help people make sense of published survival data about…

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    Response to stories suggesting coffee can protect against cancer

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    Response to stories suggesting coffee can protect against cancer Articles on Wednesday 15th June in the Daily Mail and a New York Times blog reported that “Health chiefs tell us coffee could keep cancer at bay” and that “Coffee May Protect Against Cancer”. Professor Paul Pharoah, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, University of Cambridge, said: “The…

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    Missing Evidence

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    Missing Evidence 2 June 2016 Inquiry into delayed publication of government-commissioned research Last year Sense about Science asked Sir Stephen Sedley, a former judge in the Court of Appeal and a new trustee of Sense about Science, to undertake an inquiry into the scale and significance of non-publication of government-commissioned research. The report from that…

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