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MJA members invited to the Winter Awards presentation, January 25,  2012

We announced the location and date of the presentation  of the first MJA Winter Awards in the last MJA News. Here is a  formal invitation to all MJA members.


MJA Winter Awards will be presented on Wednesday, January 25, 2012, at The King’s Fund, 11-13 Cavendish Square, London W1G  0AN

6.30 for 7 p.m.

Refreshment will be served

RSVP to Philippa Pigache

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01435 868786

 If you wish to bring guests

The King’s Fund is a fine, central-London location but  it doesn’t come cheap. All MJA members who wish to attend naturally come  free, but should you wish to bring a guest we ask for a contribution (not the  full amount) to the catering.

 Please send the name of your guest plus for a cheque  for £15, payable to the Medical Journalists’ Association, no later than  January 20, to the MJA hon sec Philippa Pigache at: Fairfield, Cross in Hand,  Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0SH.  We may need to refuse guests if the  numbers of members wishing to attend the presentation is very high.

MJA invited to attend a UCL School of Pharmacy Media Seminar at the Royal  Society


UCL School of Pharmacy Media Seminar at the  Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace,  SW1Y 5AG – 11am on  January 10, 2012

The 2012 School of Pharmacy New Year lecture  will be given at the Royal Society on the evening of January 10, (see details  below). The following morning the new UCL School of Pharmacy will publish a  report entitled ‘Relieving Persistent Pain, Improving Health  Outcomes’.

To discuss key messages about the future  development of the NHS and affordable health improvement, a media seminar  will be held on the morning of January 10 in the City of London rooms at the  Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace.

Please let us know if you can attend this  meeting by responding to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  soon as is convenient.

Contributors will include:

Professor Sir John Tooke (Vice-Provost,  Health, UCL and a member of the NHS Future Forum)
Amanda Callaghan (Director of Corporate  Communication at the ABPI, and former Director of Communications at the Royal  College of Nursing)
Professor Richard Langford (President  of the British Pain Society and consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine  at Barts and The London)
Professor Richard Sullivan (of the  King's Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre, who chaired the 2011 Lancet  Oncology Commission)
Dr Richard Butt (Director and Pain  Research Project Leader at Pfizer Ltd in Cambridge, whose research includes  investigations of the fundamental biology of pain).

This seminar will be chaired by David Taylor,  Professor of Pharmaceutical and Public Health Policy at the UCL School of  Pharmacy. Coffee will be available from 10.30 am and the meeting will start  promptly at 11am. It will formally close at 12.15 pm, after which there will  be light refreshments and opportunities for informal discussion with  speakers.

All new information presented by the above  contributors named will be for immediate release. The report  ‘Relieving Persistent Pain, Improving Health Outcomes’  and the press release accompanying it will be embargoed to 00.01 hours on  Wednesday January 11, 2012.

The UCL School of Pharmacy New Year Lecture  and associated initiatives are in part funded via an unconditional grant from  Pfizer Ltd.

For further information please call David Taylor on  07970 139892, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCL  School of Pharmacy, Mezzanine Floor, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H  9LP

T: 020 7874 1270   F: 020 7378 5693

 Professor Sir John Tooke of UCL will give the 2012  School of Pharmacy New Year lecture on ‘Pharmacy, Medicine and the  Future NHS’. Stephen Whitehead, the CEO of the Association of the  British Pharmaceutical Industry will offer a response entitled ‘The  Pharmaceutical Industry, Professionalism and the Future NHS.’

Here is a reminder about the MJA statistics meeting on Thursday, December 1.

Quite a few of you signed up early, but there is still room for more.

Non-member may come if they pay £10 towards catering up front. Non-members can also join and come for free like other members.


Thursday, December 1, at 6.30 for 7 p.m. at
The Medical Society of London,
11 Chandos Street, London W1G 9EB

Meeting, 7 to 8.30 p.m. buffet supper, 8.30 p.m.

If you report health you have to handle statistics. They are at the foundation of evidence-based medicine. But many journalists find they are out of their depths when it comes to the finer points of significance, relative or absolute risk or correlation versus causation.

Help is at hand. The MJA has organised a meeting to steer you to the shore. Three speakers who are tops at both understanding, and explaining statistics will address us, and then you will have a chance to ask them questions.


David Speigelhalter, Winton Professor for the Public Understanding of Risk at the University of Cambridge, also attached to the MRC’s Biostatics unit, who has a list of media credits as long as any journalist
Trisha Greenhalgh, who heads the Healthcare Innovation and Policy Unit at Barts and the London Medical School, and is also a GP in north London. The theme of her talk will be: the over-use, under-use, mis-use and abuse of statistics in medicine.
Nigel Hawkes, currently Director of the campaigning group Straight Statistics and a columnist for the BMJ, formerly science and health writer for The Observer and The Times.

If you want to ensure your  questions get answered, send them in advance to Philippa (below).

The meeting will end with a buffet supper organised by Verena Resell. (Please let us know if you want a vegetarian meal).

RSVP to Philippa Pigache, MJA hon sec, Fairfield, Cross in Hand, Heathfield, East Sussex, TN21 0SH. Phone: 01435 868786. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Press Conference with this year’s Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine Professor Bruce A. Beutler and Professor Jules A. Hoffmann takes place Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 14.30 hrs in the lecture hall (Wallenbergsalen) at Nobel Forum, Karolinska Institutet, Nobels väg 1.

No accreditation needed, please bring your press card and photo ID.

For further information please contact the Nobel Office:

Tel +46 (0)8-524 87800, +46 (0)8-524 87805, +46 (0)8- 33 3931
E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An invitation from The Guild of Health Writers to: MUSIC & HEALTH


This is a subject that offers many angles for stories, as more and more is being discovered about the effects of music on well-being. This evening we bring together speakers who are at the forefront of progress in this field.

EMILY GERRARD from the Alzheimer’s Society is a key worker in the ‘Singing for the Brain’ service, which now has 80 groups all over the country. She is co-ordinator for the West Region.

DIANA GREENMAN is Chief Executive of ‘Music in Hospitals’, a charity which engages professional musicians able to convey the joy and therapeutic benefits of live music to audiences in healthcare settings.

TESSA MARCHINGTON is the founder of Music in Offices, which enables office staff to enjoy the benefits of music-making in the workplace.

Chairman for this evening is Dr Andrew Powell, a psychiatrist who has a special interest in spirituality and mental health.

This evening is being kindly hosted by The Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Don’t miss this event!

The Details:

Date: Wednesday, October19, 2011
Time: 6pm - Registration & light refreshments
Prompt 6.30 pm start till 8.30pm
Venue: The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 17 Belgrave Square SW1X 8PG
Cost: £10 members, £15 non-members (cheques made payable to The Guild of Health Writers)
Please contact the Guild office if you would like to book a place
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Guild of Health Writers, Dale Lodge, 88 Wensleydale Road, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2LX


Dear all,

After the success of the first ever Science Showoff on Tuesday night, we now have a sign-up sheet for next month's open mic gig on November 1st:

Anyone can perform: established sci commers; someone who wants to try something out for the first time and anybody in between. You can sing, talk, act or demo. Personally I can't wait for a dramatised version of the hunt for the Higgs boson.

Follow us on Twitter @ScienceShowoff and read a quick blog post on our first gig at

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Data Protection and Justice for Growth seminar for journalists
8 November 2011
Brussels, Belgium

The European Journalism Centre would like to invite specialised journalists to attend the one day "Data Protection and Justice for Growth" seminar for journalists.

Held in Brussels in cooperation with the European Commission, the event will give journalists the opportunity to obtain firsthand information from European officials and experts on the most recent developments regarding data protection as well as other justice affairs policies. 

Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, will address a group of 30 journalists from EU-27.

The seminar takes place ahead of the EU’s intention to update its 1995 European Data Protection Directive in 2012. 

The organisers cover the travel arrangements and accommodation for the duration of the programme.

Diana Lungu - Research Associate | European Journalism Centre
Sonneville-lunet 10, 6221KT Maastricht, The Netherlands
Tel. : +31.433.254.030 | Fax : +
Email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | Skype : ejc_dianalungu

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We are now a week away from the proposal deadline for the Ecsite Annual Conference 2012 (25 October 2011).

Our Annual Conference for science centres and museums will take place in Toulouse, France, 31 May – 2 June 2012 and will be hosted by the Cité de l’espace. We look forward for your active contribution in the conference by submitting your session proposals.


Here is a call to a very interesting event which will take place in Berlin on 8-9-th of November – the Falling Walls Conference. The event starts on 11 am on 8-th of November. There will be also a possibility for the informal conversations with speakers. See below the information of the Conference.
The Board confirmed with the organizers that EUSJA may send 15-20 science journalists. They will be offered for free 3 night accommodation, meal, free access to the conference with the welcome reception and the festive dinners. Unfortunately no travel expenses will be covered, the journalists have to take care for their travelling themselves, but I think, it will be possible to find rather cheap tickets to Berlin for November, it is a season for the offers of discount tickets.
Please send the applications from your associations not later 12th of October (name, e-mail, media) to Viola – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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