Category: Event

Human Factors in ME/CFS research

I will be speaking in Belfast tonight, at the Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI annual conference, on the topic of human factors in ME/CFS research. Here’s one of my slides…

Boom!

The full title of my presentation is Off the PACE and not NICE: Challenges with Evidence in ME/CFS.

(I tweaked that subtitle a couple of times. For reasons.)

I plan to look at the nature of research error as it affects medical and healthcare research more broadly, and — of course — research into ME/chronic fatigue syndrome more specifically. Let’s just say that there is plenty of material to discuss.

Other speakers at the event include Caroline Kingdon of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and David Systrom of Brigham & Womens Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School, who is the keynote.

As always, the organisational efforts of Hope 4 ME & Fibro NI, led by the unstoppable Joan McParland, have been hugely impressive.

Proceedings will be recorded so stay tuned for a video in due course…

‘Psychology of Christmas’ media round-up

So this is Christmas; and what have you done?

Well, this is what I’ve done: a whole lot of media, surrounding my public lecture on ‘The Psychology of Christmas‘ just the other week. Turns out lots of people are interested in Christmas. Who knew?

I’ve made a list (I’ve even checked it a few times):

Newstalk:

KFM:

Dublin City FM:

TheJournal.ie:

Irish Independent:

The Irish Times:

Metro.co.uk:

Pretty52:

Channel 9 (Australia):

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I know. That’s probably enough, isn’t it? Well, time is certainly running out, so soon it will all be over…

Happy You-Know-What!

Some pieces and bits

It’s early January. That time when other people’s New Year’s resolutions mean that you get lots of emails. About really important stuff that you simply must deal with, like, immediately. These folks need a reply because they only have stamina for a few days’ frantic emailing. After the New Year energy burst, they lose all energy and then you don’t hear from them again until next year. It’s like the Monarch Butterfly migration — all flapping and fluttering and in-your-face attention-grabbing and suddenly…well suddenly it’s all over and off they disappear for another twelve months.

This year I avoided posting about science at Christmas or reviewing what amazing science-related things happened in the year gone by. Daringly, I felt compelled to ignore the clichés. (That, and I was busy, trying to finish a book no less (more on which coming soon…)).

So in tidy-up mode I was going to post something about a forthcoming public talk. But before I did that I felt it would be good etiquette to post the slides from my last public talk, from Science Week back in November. So here they are:

Like the Pony Express, I always deliver.

Happy New you-know-what!

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