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Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet: Making medicine count: Why medical science has lost its way and how to rediscover its true purpose  Event

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17:30 - 18:30
7 October 2013
Lecture Theatre 2, level B, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital

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Introduced by Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.


As the deadline for the Research Excellence Framework approaches, there is an opportunity to pause and ask: what is medicine and medical science for? Currently, the metrics for success in research focus on grants won and papers published. But are these endpoints really the best we can do? Doesn't medical science aspire to achieve something greater than personal fame and wealth? In REF2014, the notion of "impact" was introduced to emphasise the "effect on, change, or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment, or quality of life, beyond academia." But is the way we do science designed for impact?

This lecture will explore examples of how a new model of collaborative global networks of medical and health scientists may offer novel opportunities for impact and social change.

Among other things, Richard currently, co-chairs the independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children' Health

Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet



5.00 pm - Pre lecture Tea/refreshments and poster display

5.30 pm - Speaker Introduction by Professor Iain Cameron (Dean, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton)

5.35 pm - Talk: ‘Making medicine count: Why medical science has lost its way and how to rediscover its true purpose' Richard Horton, BSc MB FRCP FMedSci

6.15 pm - Q & A chaired by Professor Cameron

6.30 pm - Reception with wine and nibbles

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Speaker information

Dr Richard Horton,BSc MB FRCP FMedSci,Editor of The Lancet

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