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Thursday 12th November 2015

Life Sciences at Birmingham: Delivering the Full Circle of Translational Medicine

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The Life Sciences sector is a powerhouse of the UK economy, with an annual turnover of over £50bn. Some 4,500 pharmaceutical, medical biotechnology and medical technology companies employ 165,000 staff. Properly nurtured and developed, the sector will continue to drive economic growth, attract investment in research, and make crucial strides towards addressing some of the biggest challenges facing society today.
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Thursday 12th November 2015
Thursday 5th November 2015

"Them and Us" no longer: mental health concerns us all

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Three days ago, a new campaign to increase funding for mental health services was announced, and received the backing of several public figures, including politicians, comedians, actors, and sportspeople who have experienced mental health issues in one form or another. The campaign, equality4mentalhealth, was launched by MPs Norman Lamb, Alastair Campbell, and Andrew Mitchell.
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Thursday 5th November 2015
Thursday 29th October 2015

Is it time for the UK to reconsider its definition of recurrent miscarriage?

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Currently, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) defines recurrent miscarriage as three or more consecutive losses, but is considering whether or not to change this definition.The issue is contested and it remains to be seen whether UK guidelines will follow suit in the near future.
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Thursday 29th October 2015
Thursday 22nd October 2015

A "New Departure"? The legal bases of UK drone strikes in Syria

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Meeting to mark the first anniversary of the publication of the Birmingham Policy Commission on 'The Security Impact of Drones', discussion at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones was dominated by the UK's controversial Reaper strike against two UK nationals in Syria this summer. Cameron's decision to justify this action on grounds of self-defence of the UK was recognised as making a distinct break from previous UK rules of engagement.
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Thursday 22nd October 2015
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