Voluntary position: Animals in Science Committee

17 January 2019

Do you want to play a key role in advising the government on a range of issues relating to the welfare of animals used in research?

If so, this is an exceptional opportunity to deliver reports and policy advice to ensure that government is best placed to maintain the highest standards in the welfare of animals used in research.

The Animals in Science Committee (ASC) is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Home Office to provide independent advice to the Government on the use of animals in scientific procedures, advise the Animal Welfare Ethical Review Bodies on good practice, and exchange information with other national bodies within the European Union.

We are seeking six new members with expertise in veterinary science, neuroscience, industry (pharmaceutical/toxicology), animal technology/welfare/3Rs and legal expertise (regulatory). The successful candidates will possess excellent communication and influencing skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to evaluate complex issues to reach a consensus.

This will be a three year appointment with the possibility of re-appointment. Applications are due on 28 January 2019.

Seminar: The Salvation Agenda: The Politics of Medical Humanitarianism During Zimbabwe’s Cholera Outbreak 2008/09

2 January 2019

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, University of Oxford.

Speaker: Assoc. Professor Simukai Chigudu (Associate Professor of African Politics, Oxford Department of International Development)

Abstract: This paper examines the humanitarian politics of responding to Zimbabwe’s catastrophic cholera outbreak of 2008/09, the worst in African history. It demonstrates how humanitarian relief operations are riven by competing claims to leadership, authority and legitimacy but often converge on the ineluctable logic of saving lives – ‘the salvation agenda’. Nevertheless, the paper contends that the exigency of saving lives in this case did not, and could not, address the background political and socio-economic conditions that led to the epidemic. Thus, the paper explores the possibilities, pitfalls and paradoxes of the salvation agenda and mounts a novel critique of how the humanitarian industrial complex operates in Africa.

For further details and online booking please see https://bookwhen.com/uehiro

Enquiries to rachel.gaminiratne[at]philosophy.ox.ac.uk

Job: Associate and Assistant Professor in Biolaw at Durham

10 December 2018

Associate Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £51,630 to £58,089
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-52

Assistant Professor In Biolaw

Durham University – Durham Law School

Location: Durham
Salary: £40,793 to £48,676
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 3rd December 2018
Closes: 15th February 2019
Job Ref: LAW19-59

Durham Law School is seeking to appoint … outstanding scholar[s] to the role of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in Biolaw with research interests in this broad field understood to also include environmental law.

The Law School is in its largest expansion of permanent, full-time appointments in our distinguished 50-year history as we build additional capacity in core areas and further develop other strengths building critical mass in the area of Biolaw. Our award winning 53 academic staff are producing ground-breaking research with significant impact and are highly active in public engagement both nationally and internationally. We are a top 50 QS World Ranked law school and our research ranked 3rd best in grade point average in the UK’s last national Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014. Durham Law School is consistently ranked among the top ten or higher UK law schools across various league tables, including 3rd in The Daily Telegraph, 8th in The Time and The Guardian. Our graduates include some of law’s leading figures, such as current members of the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the Government, Members of Parliament and beyond.

The successful candidates will join our vibrant and inclusive academic community while supported by a very generous research leave scheme and individual research allowances. Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of Biolaw, with the ability to contribute to our research groups like our Durham CELLS and to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.


13 November 2018

Thursday 24 January 2019, Edinburgh.

With speakers ALASTAIR MacDONALD (the second person, and first male, ever to be born who was conceived via IVF) and his mother GRACE MacDONALD (one of the original fertility patients treated by the pioneers of IVF)

Alongside other speakers including:

  • SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
  • PROFESSOR COLIN DUNCAN (Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh)
  • DR KAY ELDER (Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic, previously worked with the pioneers of IVF)
  • DR ABHA MAHESHWARI (Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre)

Chaired by PROFESSOR ALLAN PACEY (Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield),

See https://www.progress.org.uk/40yearsofivf for details.



13 November 2018

Wednesday 5 December 2018, London.

With Keynote Addresses by SIR JAMES MUNBY (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

See https://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 for details including attendance fees and how to book your place.


Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

  • DR KATHY NIAKAN (Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute‘s Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory, and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to edit the genomes of human embryos)
  • BARONESS RUTH DEECH (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords)
  • PROFESSOR JOHN HARRIS (Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester, and author of books including Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People and How to Be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement)
  • PROFESSOR EMILY JACKSON (Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell)
  • BARBARA CONNOLLY QC (Barrister at 7 Bedford Row)
  • PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN DE GEYTER (Chair of ESHRE‘s European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee)
  • PROFESSOR ELLIE LEE (Director of the University of Kent‘s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies)
  • JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons)
  • NATALIE GAMBLE (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and of Brilliant Beginnings)
  • TIM CHILD (Medical Director of Oxford Fertility)
  • SATU RAUTAKALLIO-HOKKANEN (Chair of Fertility Europe)
  • DR EVAN HARRIS (former MP who scrutinised the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008)
  • ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director of Pride Angel)
  • NATALIE SMITH (Chair of Surrogacy UK‘s Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform)
  • PROFESSOR ROBERT SPACZYNSKI (Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians)
  • DR KYLIE BALDWIN (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health at De Montfort University)
  • DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group)
  • FIONA FOX (Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
  • SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the European Sperm Bank, JMW Solicitors, the London Women’s Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).



Call for committee members: NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee

13 November 2018

Applications due by 5pm on Monday 10 December 2018.

NICE is currently recruiting for standing members to join their Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) to support delivery of the library quality standards topics. NICE is looking to appoint a number of standing members with the following backgrounds/expertise:

  • Audit and measurement professional. For example professionals involved in audit, measurement and service improvement

  • Primary care professional. For example a general practitioner

  • Secondary care practitioners. For example doctors, nurses, or allied health professionals, in secondary care.

  • Public health practitioners. For example those from local authorities, and PHE regional teams.

  • Commissioners of health, public health and social care services. For example those from clinical commissioning groups or local authorities and those with experience of service redesign to improve quality and outcomes for people with care and support needs.

  • Safety expert. For example people who take a lead in addressing issues of relating to risk and safety, for example risk managers and safeguarding leads

NICE’s quality standards are central to supporting the Government’s vision for a health and social care system focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for people who use services. Derived from NICE guidance and other accredited sources, they are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care and are becoming the backbone of the new commissioning system for health and social care.

If you have an interest in driving quality improvement in health, public health or social care, experience of working on committees and working groups, and highly developed interpersonal, communication and team working skills, then we would like to hear from you.

You will not be representing your organisation but will bring your expertise, experience and knowledge of current practice. The time commitment is one day a month, for a three year period, and your expenses will be reimbursed (if you are a general practitioner, locum cover will be covered).

Details on how to apply can be found at https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/our-committees/join-a-committee/member–quality-standards-advisory-committee and information on NICE quality standards at www.nice.org.uk/standards-and-indicators.

Lecture: Reflections on why I want what I want from research and researchers — as a patient

31 October 2018

Annual Peter Sowerby Lecture

13 November 2018, 19:30-21:00

Theatre 2, New Hunt’s House, KCL Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

Speaker: Sir Iain Chalmers


A quarter of a century ago, I decided to ask myself what I wanted—as a patient—from health research and researchers. In a BMJ paper I stated that I wanted decisions about my health care to be informed by ‘reliable evidence’. I also noted that people are bound to vary in what they regard as ‘reliable evidence’, and that a leap of faith would anyway always be needed in judging what the effects of health care options would be for me, as an individual. But I also made clear that, for me, ‘reliable evidence’ would usually mean evidence derived from systematic reviews of carefully controlled evaluative research, assembled with an awareness of the ways in which biases and the play of chance can play us false.

I suggested in the paper that there had been too little support for the kind of applied health research that I felt I needed to inform my health care choices. And I gave examples of the damaging consequences that can result from insufficient attention to reducing the effects of biases and the play of chance.

My lecture will revisit the themes I addressed 25 years ago and reflect on why—as a patient—I still want what I wanted from research and researchers quarter of a century ago.

About the Speaker:

Iain Chalmers was founding director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (www.npeu.ox.ac.uk) between 1978 and 1992, and founding director of the UK Cochrane Centre (www.uk.cochrane.org) between 1992 and 2002. Since 2003, he has coordinated the James Lind Initiative, which developed the James Lind Alliance between 2004 and 2013 (www.jla.nihr.ac.uk). Iain edits The James Lind Library (www.jameslindlibrary.org) and Testing Treatments international English (www.en.testingtreatments.org); he co-organised with Paul Glasziou the 2014 Lancet series on reducing waste and adding value in biomedical research (www.rewardalliance.net); and he is a co-investigator with Andy Oxman and colleagues in Norway and East Africa of the Informed Health Choices Project (www.informedhealthchoices.org).

Further information and registration here.