Experts - Lester, David, & Simon

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Lester Firkins

For 35 Years Lester Firkins was employed by a variety of UK Banking Companies - finishing his career as Area Director for Lloyds TSB.

In 2001 his family experienced a tragic event - and this was what changed his career direction. Lester has headed up a UK Patient Charity and has been Co-Chair of a Clinical Trial.

He is now employed by the Department of Health and the Medical Research Council as a lay representative for various areas of concern - including the James Lind Alliance.

He is married with one son - and has a keen interest in Soul Music of the 1960's. In short, he is everything you would expect of a middle class white male.

Lester Firkins talks about

Who am I?
What do I think aboutclinical trials?
My son Ellis
The problem with “orphan” diseases
Clinical trials workshop for carers of patients with vCJD
Trial set up
Issue of consent
Case study: Arthritis
Case study: Urinary incontinence
Case study: Alderhey Organ Scandal
What happens with no clinical trials
Case Study Quincream & Pentosan

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Professor Simon Wessely , MD FMedSci

Professor of Epidemiological and Liaison Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at King’s and Maudsley Hospitals.

His research interests are in the areas of medicine and psychiatry, clinical epidemiology, psychiatric injury and military health.

He is Director of the King’s Centre for Military Health Research Unit at King’s College London. In 2006 the unit published the first results of a study of the physical and psychological health of 12,000 UK military personnel, half of whom have served in the Iraq conflict. The whiole cohort are currently being followed up

Prof Simon
Wessely talks about

Case study: Willy Lane and colon surgery
Case study: Bristol cancer centre
Case study: Dr Spock
Case study: Boys behaving badly: counselling
Star Trek – Councillor on board!
Case study: London July Bombings
Case study: Heart beats back to normal? Un-trialled injection for heart attack patients
Why do trials work?
Case study: The Samaritans

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Dr David Tovey, Editor in Chief ,The Cochane Collection

David joined The Cochrane Collaboration in January 2010.

Previously he was Editorial Director of the BMJ Group’s “Knowledge” division, responsible for BMJ Clinical Evidence and its sister product BestTreatments.

He has worked at the BMJ since 2003. He previously worked as a General Practitioner in South London.

David Tovey talks about

Clinical trials – isn’t that what doctors have always done?
Case study: Viagra trials (wasteful repetitions)
Why is evidence not used?
The problem of extensive research
Secondary research; making research more accessible
Case study: “Antibiotic kills 98% of bacteria that cause sinusitis”
Case study: “Cancer drug cuts recurrence by 50%”
The importance of finding a clinical trial you can join

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