Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

Education And Debate

Users' guide to detecting misleading claims in clinical research reports

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 04 November 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1093

Rapid Response:

Beyond a joke ?

This article is a neat and timely warning about the need for rapid
readers bias assessment before change in practice.

Meanwhile the commercialisation of all that is medical and academic
continues: I received this in my email in box today:


From: [mailto:owner-smd-all-]
Sent: 09 November 2004 11:12
To: smd-staff mailing list
Subject: Reminder: BBSRC Workshop

The School of Medicine and Dentistry together with the Innovation and
Enterprise Unit is hosting a workshop on:

Commercialising Academic Research (sponsored by BBSRC)

on: Wednesday 24th November 2004, 2 - 4pm

at: Paul Garrod Lecture Theatre, Robin Brook Centre, St

The programme will cover issues including: Managing your intellectual
property; Commercialising academic research; The patent process;
Spin-out companies; Funding opportunities; QM's IP policy


LEAP 2005 is Simfonec's annual £50k business plan competition which
aspiring entrepreneurs with a great opportunity to turn their ideas into
successful business ventures. (See This competition is
open to both QMUL academics and students. Come to the workshop to find


Yours faithfully

Anna Livingstone

Competing interests:

Competing interests: No competing interests

10 November 2004
Anna E Livingstone
general practitioner
Limehouse Practice Gill Street Health Centre E14 8HQ