‘Lost in translation’ - Tracing the impact of cancer research from discovery to public policy

‘Cancer Research: Lost in Translation'
19 January 2010, 13:00 – 18:00 – British Library, 96 Euston Road, London

The British Library and the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) host half day conference for stakeholders from across the research spectrum to assess the challenges in translating research findings into clinical practice.

  • From Bench to Bedside - why do some findings in cancer research never make it out of the lab?
  • From Research to Policy and Practice - why are key messages misinterpreted and policy decisions misunderstood?
  • From Journal to Newspaper - are the public getting the full picture about cancer research?

Every year the UK spends billions on scientific research, yet the key to developing innovative new treatments is to ensure that the findings of this research are effectively translated from the lab to public policy. However, differences in stakeholder perspectives and motivations, as well as working methods and vocabularies, have created inherent challenges to the effective translation of research.

Introduced by Sir Kenneth Calman, the ‘Cancer Research: Lost in Translation' conference will explore the exchange of knowledge from primary research, through its application in clinical, commercial and policy making settings, to the dissemination to academic peers, healthcare professionals, patients and the public. Contributors from across the research process are invited to join a range of experts including Professor Peter Littlejohns, Clinical and Public Health Director at the National Institution for Clinical Excellence; Professor of Cancer Therapeutics at the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Herbie Newell; and leading science journalist, Ben Goldacre, to discuss how and why the purpose and importance of innovative research is often misinterpreted and how this can be improved, unlocking the full potential of research.

Professor Peter Littlejohns, Clinical and Public Health Director at the National Institution for Clinical Excellence:

“A shared understanding amongst the scientific community, the media and the public on the value of research is absolutely essential for the successful application of scientific discovery. This conference offers an excellent opportunity for those involved in the dissemination of research to discuss new potential mechanisms for scrutinising findings and innovative methods for collecting real life data. This information will play a crucial role for policy makers as they look to make real decisions on not just whether an intervention works, but how well it works against current NHS practice and asses the ‘value for money' of the extra costs involved.”

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