This year the Medical Research Council is celebrating a hundred years of life-changing discoveries and taking time to reflect on our achievements in medical research, acknowledging those who have supported us along the way and looking forward to what medical research will deliver in the future.
As one of the Medical Research Council’s four foundation units, the MRC Biostatistics Unit is playing a key role putting together an exceptional series of Free Public Lectures, co-hosted with the Cambridge Statistical Laboratory.
The first of the four celebratory lectures was held on April 29th, with Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, former Chair of Advisory Council of Misuse of Drugs 1998-2008, Chair of NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) 1999-2013, as speaker.
In his lecture Sir Michael Rawlins talked about how evidence affects health policy, and considered the respective places of experimentation and observation in deciding whether therapeutic interventions are fit for purpose. Around 150 people attended and many members of the audience had their say.
The next talks will see Tim Harford, host of Radio 4’s More or Less programme, presenting ‘a self-defence guide for the statistical battlefield’. Meanwhile Professor Sir John Beddington, former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government, will address the question: What’s happening to the world? And Professor David Spiegelhalter of the Statistical Laboratory will discuss how statistical science has transformed healthcare.
These lectures are particularly suited for sixth-formers and adults, researchers and community members. All welcome!