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Friday 8th April 2011

What does Additional Parental Leave mean for fathers?

Description
Fathers of children born after 3 April 2011 are entitled to take Additional Parental Leave (APL), in addition to two weeks statutory paternity leave. By allowing both (qualifying) parents to share paid parental leave, APL seemingly demonstrates a commitment to giving fathers a genuine opportunity to parent their children in the first year of life. In fact, it is not obvious that APL will make a significant difference.
Date:
Friday 8th April 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Monday 14th March 2011

Counting the cost of neuroscience research

Counting the cost of neuroscience research
Description
The current demographic trends show that the UK's population is becoming older. As this happens the incidence of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's, dementia and Parkinson's disease is also increasing. This has huge social, economical and political implications – further evidence that understanding how the brain works both in health and disease is a challenge that we need to address urgently before the problem of neurodegeneration becomes more evident.
Date:
Monday 14th March 2011
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
Wednesday 21st April 2010

Counting the cost of cancer care

Counting the cost of cancer care
Description
The UK is one of the leading centres for cancer research and clinical trials. Many of the most significant drug developments of the last decade have come through UK research.
Date:
Wednesday 21st April 2010
Friday 16th April 2010

Launch of National Children's Cancer Trials Team in Birmingham

Description
Birmingham will be at the forefront of developments in childhood cancer research thanks to the launch of a new centre which will co-ordinate groundbreaking clinical trials across the UK. The Cancer Research UK Children's Clinical Trials Team at the University of Birmingham will play a major role in the development of new treatments for childhood cancers. Dr Pam Kearns reflects on the challenges for childhood cancer treatment in the UK.
Date:
Friday 16th April 2010
Categories:
Medical and Dental Sciences, Research
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