Open Secrets: Barriers to Medical Knowledge, March 2012, London
21 March 2012
The past five years have seen an explosion of initiatives intended to improve access to clinical trial data. In the US, recent legislation has made it mandatory for companies to disclose unpublished trials. The WHO has launched an international clinical trial registry platform improving voluntary trial registration. But problems persist. European and UK regulators have access to unpublished trial data whereas patients, the public and institutions such as the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) do not have the same legal access. The explosion of contract research organisations (CROs) operating in developing regions raises questions about the integrity of trial data, as well as whether the human rights of trial participants are being protected. Pharmaceutical executives have faced little legal backlash for fraudulent activities under their command, while staff within individual regulatory agencies have been penalized for voicing concerns with regulatory deficiencies.
Hosted by the Politics of Health Network, University of Essex, the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health, and King's College, this roundtable event brings together leading practitioners for a discussion of one of medicine's largest open secrets: during a period of 'evidence-based' medicine, the majority of medical data remains compromised by legal and commercial barriers to knowledge.
Speakers: Sir Ian Chalmers, Professor Tim Kendall, and Professor Paul Hunt, moderated by Professor Joan Busfield
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 6.00 pm to 7.45 pm, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PG
Please note places are limited. To attend this event, please register electronically at the following website: opensecrets.eventbrite.co.uk
If you have any queries about the event, please contact Linsey McGoey, Dept. of Sociology, University of Essex: email@example.com
Iain Chalmers was the foundation director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and the UK Cochrane Centre. Since 2003, has coordinated the James Lind Initiative, a programme of work to promote public and professional acknowledgement of uncertainties about the effects of healthcare interventions, and research to address these uncertainties.
Paul Hunt, a law professor at the University of Essex, served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health between 2002-2008. He is a member of the University's Human Rights Centre.
Tim Kendall is Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, visiting professor at UCL, and Medical Director and consultant psychiatrist for the Homeless in Sheffield. He chaired the first NICE guideline published in 2002, and won the Lancet Paper of the Year Award in 2004 for work on selective publishing.