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A Catastrophic Day that Will Only Get Worse

Posted 24 June 2016 by Farooq Khan

Today is a very sad and dark day. Our country has voted to leave the European Union based upon lies, lies and more lies. I never thought I would experience such a spectacle of lies and illogical arguments. One could accept the result had people voted upon evidence, yet this was not the case. Rather we had a shallow debate, and people were denied the level of discussion needed to make a well thought out, logical structured decision. Instead it... Read more

MSF Scientific Day – Innovation 2016

Posted 23 May 2016 by Farooq Khan

The second day of MSF Scientific Days covered innovation. Its central theme was how to use technology to help and not hinder medical care. The premise is an important one. Innovation is spoken about across every industry, especially healthcare, and so there is a great drive to encourage innovation. However there is a danger that innovation is sought for itself rather than really thinking deeply about how to tackle health challenges effectively, which surely is the motivation to create innovation.... Read more

MSF Scientific Day 2015

Posted 11 May 2015 by Farooq Khan

This year MSF Scientific Day was spread over two days, and it proved to be a wise decision. MSF is rich with scientific research and technological innovation, to try and cover both areas in one day really doesn’t do all the great work by MSF justice. It needs two days to cover two very distinct areas of research and innovation. The first day covered ‘Innovative Approaches and Technology in Humanitarian Action’, and day two covered ‘Medical Research from the Frontline’.... Read more

Venture research and other adventures: are we getting the most out of UK research?

Posted 20 January 2015 by Farooq Khan

I start the New Year on a good footing in thinking about what type of funding is necessary to make revolutionary scientific breakthroughs? This question was at the heart of a discussion organised by UCL Public Policy. It is a question that brings to light some of the problems in research funding, especially when it comes to funding the type of research, which is necessary to make those paradigm shifts in science, and create the next technological revolutions. The event... Read more

Annual CLMS Symposium 2014

Posted 17 June 2014 by Farooq Khan

This is one of the most exciting periods for scientific research in the life and medical sciences, which the Annual CLMS Symposium has come to symbolise. The digitisation of biology is transforming how we do research and how we make scientific discoveries, with UCL very much leading global research. This year's conference evoked the promise of an era of personalised medicine. The keynote speech by Sir John Chisholm of Genomics England outlined the UK's vision for genomics research, and establish... Read more

Modelling: Big Data & Society – UCL CoMPLEX Annual Conference

Posted 3 June 2014 by Farooq Khan

The UCL CoMPLEX Annual Conference continued the theme of Big Data, which has figured quite prominently in conferences this year. The speakers at this year's CoMPLEX annual conference, Dr David Weston (Birkbeck), Dr Drew Purves (Microsoft Research), Professor Gesine Reinert (Oxford), Dr Peter White (Imperial, Public Health England), Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial) and Professor Chris Gilligan (Cambridge, newly announced Chair of JNCC) all highlighted some of the recurrent themes that occupy our minds, in how we develop the necessary tools and... Read more

MSF Scientific Day 2014

Posted 26 May 2014 by Farooq Khan

The annual MSF Scientific Days epitomise the ideals of applied clinical research. MSF is in principle a humanitarian organisation that delivers 'emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare,' and yet integrates scientific research into its ethos. This is in itself a remarkable feat considering its primary aim, especially in comparison with other humanitarian organisations. But then MSF is not your stereotypical humanitarian organisation. The fact that scientific research is integrated into how they... Read more

UCL Big Data Symposium

Posted 8 April 2014 by Farooq Khan

  The Computational Life and Medical Sciences network at UCL hosted a Big Data Symposium in partnership with the UCL Big Data Institute. The event explored the role of Big Data analytics in a broad range of sectors from innovations in scientific research to medical and health innovation to driving business innovation. The world of Big Data is a defining theme of human civilisation in the 21st century, and it opens up new possibilities in how we shape human civilisation... Read more

“Now for the long term” by Sir John Beddington & Lord Rees

Posted 6 December 2013 by Farooq Khan

The establishment of the Oxford Martin School is an important initiative to research the greatest global challenges facing us. I attended a featured event organised by the School, 'Now for the Long Term' where Sir John Beddington and Lord Rees outlined some of the short-term and long-term challenges that require urgent attention from governments worldwide. I was struck by both the degree of optimism and pessimism in tackling issues such as climate change, where it seems that scientific evidence is... Read more