Volunteers sought to help influence media reporting of medical research

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Would you like to help influence how medical research is reported in the media by joining a network of volunteer statisticians to review medical research papers and press releases before they appear as stories in the lay media?
The project is a collaboration between external affairs committee of PSI (Statisticians in the Pharmaceutical Industry), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and the Science Media Centre (SMC).
These reviews would comment on the strengths, weaknesses, limitations and conclusions of the paper and would be provided to medical journalists so that they are better informed before they write their articles. The papers would be medical in nature and would cover both clinical trial and epidemiology studies.
The anticipation is that volunteers would need to review no more than three papers a year. All volunteers are welcomed, whether they have two or twenty years experience.
If this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, please get in touch with Naomi Givens or Anna Larbalestier of the PSI external affairs committee.

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