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Thursday 16th October 2014

Patient-reported outcomes: the heart of healthcare research?

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The moment a patient is recruited to participate in a clinical trial, we start to collect data. Much of this data derives from the information that only patients can give, that we cannot acquire through any test or scan. Are they experiencing pain? What are the side effects? These important insights are captured in a trial using PROs (patient-reported outcomes).
Date:
Thursday 16th October 2014
Categories:
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences
Thursday 9th October 2014

High-speed rail college a boost for the region – the hard work starts now

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Last week the government announced that the headquarters of the new National College for High Speed Rail will be located in Birmingham, with a satellite site in Doncaster. This is good news for the railway industry and good news for the two regions. It's also good news for the University of Birmingham, which will play a key role in the work of the college through its Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).
Date:
Thursday 9th October 2014
Categories:
Engineering and Physical Sciences, Research, Teaching
Thursday 2nd October 2014

Britain's first air strikes in Iraq – is there a strategy?

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On 26 September, British parliament approved the Cameron government's request for authority to carry out air strikes inside Iraq on the Islamic State terror group. Four days later, two Tornado jets on an 'armed surveillance' mission dropped the first bombs, hitting a jihadist heavy-weapon position and an armed pick-up truck.
Date:
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 25th September 2014

Revelation of Tesco accounting error may have done new board a favour

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There is a long history of companies misstating their financial position and performance, and on Monday Tesco plc became the latest with its announcement that it had overstated its half-year profit forecast by £250 million. This revelation, arising from information provided by an internal whistle-blower, resulted in an 11 per cent reduction in the supermarket giant's share price, putting the share value at an 11-year low. How can an error this large have occurred?
Date:
Thursday 25th September 2014
Categories:
Social Sciences
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