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Wonder-drugs Roadshow

One week to go before the Wonder-drug Roadshow hits the road….

Come to see a sculpture made by Manchester Health Academy School inspired by ‘Medicines Safety’ and try our challenges. A team from the Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre have worked with patients and a local school to develop activities to stimulate discussion and get everyone thinking. Who’s responsible for your safety with medicines?

What’s it all about?

We’re exploring ‘Medication Safety’ with the public. No medicine’s perfect, but what can we do to make them better? Find out about research being done in Greater Manchester to improve the way medicines are used. Our roadshow has something for everyone with fun activities. Why not pop in and try our wonder-drug?

When and where?

  • Tues 28 Oct 10.30am – 4pm – Power Hall, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), M3 4FP.
  • Wed 29 Oct 11am – 3pm – Next to entrance to library, Wythenshawe Forum, M22 5RX
  • Thur 30 Oct 11am – 3pm – Next to main entrance, Pendleton Gateway, M6 5FX

Find out more…

Download the event flyer

Follow us on Twitter: @GM_PSTRC (and join the conversation on #mymedsafety)

Manchester Science Festival website
Primary Care Patient Safety pages

Free public debate: How Manchester is leading the fight against heart disease

How Manchester is leading the fight against heart disease – Public Engagement Event, organised by the British Heart Foundation:

Sunday 1 June 2014, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

This is free event – to register visit: www.bhf.org.uk/default.aspx?page=17034

Find out how Manchester is fighting heart disease as an expert panel representing research, medicine, local government and patients discusses the key issues in heart health. Join in the discussion and ask the questions you’ve always wanted answered. The event is being held in advance of the British Cardiovascular Society Conference where some of the UK’s leading cardiovascular researchers and cardiologists will meet in Manchester to hear about the latest in research and care.

For more information on this event please contact Ben Kolb in the Science Communications Team at the British Heart Foundation (kolbb@bhf.org.uk).

Posted on behalf of Yvonne Alexander.

‘Diving into the data pool: exploring how medical data is shared’

You’re all invited to join the debate…Free public event: ‘Diving into the data pool: exploring how medical data is shared’

Nowgen is organising this event during Manchester Science Festival to explore how openly society wants medical data to be shared. We will feedback your views from the event to the Nuffield Council on Bioethics enquiry into ‘big data’.

Every time you search the web, travel or visit your GP you generate huge amounts of data, which can then be analysed for marketing and research. Most of us accept this as part of modern life, but how do we feel about our medical data being used in a similar way?

Medical data is a powerful tool for biomedical research, but are there implications for privacy, consent and the relationship between individuals and society? Share your views on this controversial subject and discuss the value and challenges of sharing medical information with Manchester’s leading ‘big data’ experts.


  • Professor Andy Brass (School of Computer Science, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Sarah Devaney (School of Law, University of Manchester)
  • Dr Mark Duman (Patient Information Forum)
  • Chaired by Dr Bella Starling from Nowgen.

This event is suitable for anyone aged 14+.

Venue: Kanaris Theatre, Manchester Museum, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL

Date and time: Thurs 31 Oct, 6pm – 7.30pm

Cost: Free

Booking: Strongly recommended. Click here to book places through Eventbrite:

We look forward to seeing you there.

Posted by Kate Dack, Public Programmes Manager, Nowgen

Open science and ethics debate

Two University of Manchester professors will host a public meeting where they will ponder the question: Will science save the world?

Lucio Piccirillo, Professor of Radio Astronomy, and John Harris, Lord Alliance Professor of Bioethics, will discuss various themes relating to the direction of science, and to the hopes and fears surrounding it.

They will discuss themes such as the Large Hadron Collider, the case of the H1N5 virus, the risk of bioterrorism, and various other hot themes raised by contemporary science.

The pair will talk about the ethical implications of scientific freedom and will engage with members of the audience for any questions arising.

The free event takes place at the Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville Street, Manchester, on 24 May from 5pm to 7pm.

Debate on bioenergy asks: should the UK government increase its support?

Monday, 20 May 2013 (4pm to 6pm) in University Place Lecture Theatre A (3.102). Everyone is welcome at a debate on bioenergy.

The question for panellists is: “The UK government should increase support for bioenergy. Discuss …”

Bioenergy is set to play a major role in meeting the UK’s renewable energy targets. It can deliver greenhouse gas reductions in the power, heat and transport sectors and biomass can also be used as a feedstock for renewable chemical production. Uptake is being encouraged by a range of government policy initiatives, but progress in deployment to deliver much-needed greenhouse gas reductions has been slow and the sustainability of many feedstocks has come under intense scrutiny.

This debate brings together panellists from academia, business and other stakeholders to discuss whether or not the UK should increase its support for bioenergy. There is an urgent need to increase renewable energy deployment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and many mature bioenergy technologies could contribute to that, but there has been only limited commercial success to date. So is increased policy support needed?

Unsustainable biomass production could increase greenhouse gas emissions rather than reduce them, so perhaps support should be limited or more targeted.

In addition concerns have been raised about the wider environmental, social and economic impacts of biomass production, so is UK policy exacerbating these?

There is also only a finite amount of biomass available and incentivizing one use risks there being insufficient left for other key areas. Perhaps biomass should be reserved for aviation or chemical production, where there are few alternative; perhaps it is more important to get substantial near term greenhouse gas reductions by increasing the UK’s biomass power generation capacity; or perhaps we should be focusing efforts on the longer term “prize” of negative emissions from biomass electricity with carbon capture and storage.

A range of speakers will give their perspective and there will be opportunity for questions, discussion and debate. Please come along for what promises to be a fascinating and wide ranging discussion.

The panellists will be:

  • Kevin Anderson and Patricia Thornley from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research;
  • Gerry Newton-Cross from the Energy Technologies Institute;
  • Kenneth Richter from Friends of the Earth;
  • Paul Willson from PB Power.

The debate will round off a series of events funded under the EPSRC ‘Biobridges’ project at the University, which is led by Professor Kevin Anderson.

Policy debate: Do we need more scientists in Parliament?

Thursday 29 November 2012, from 18:15 to 21:00 (refreshments served from 18:15 for a 19:00 start) – Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London WC1N 2JU

The UK Parliament’s 2010 intake contained just one MP who had worked as a research scientist before entering the House of Commons – Dr Julian Huppert. With science and technology playing increasingly prominent roles in society, it’s easy to see why some people are concerned by the lack of scientists in Parliament.

In this panel debate, we ask if the lack of scientists in Parliament really is a problem – or are scientists better off getting their message to Parliament through other channels?

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