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The Science Media Centre is not restricted to reacting to the headlines, and has helped scientists to more proactively set the agenda by bringing new science or evidence to journalists. This comes from our regular briefings, which take a variety of forms and cover a wide range of topics. Many are background briefings introducing journalists to the best experts and science on controversial issues like nuclear waste, nanotechnology, emerging diseases, or animal research, for example. They may also be news briefings where the SMC works with scientists to give the national media a new story on developments within science, whether it’s a report on climate change, a paper on stem cells being published in a leading journal, or science funding cuts in the latest budget. In addition, the SMC encourages leading experts to ‘speak out’ to the media about developments they believe may pose a threat to scientific research – not something science has been renowned for.

Biosimilars for cancer

The development and use of biologic drugs – such as Herceptin and Mabthera – has revolutionised the treatment of many cancers, and biological medicines now make up the largest spending area in the NHS medicines budget. read more

Male fertility- the issues and the evidence

Plenty of attention has been given female infertility over the years, leading to a variety of interventions for women with reproductive difficulties. However historically there has been much less recognition that male fertility may be equally as important to reproductive success, and subsequently comparatively little research in the field. read more

Beyond Neonics?

For years the media interest on pesticides has focused almost exclusively on whether neonicotinoids are implicated in bee decline. Now … read more

Small modular reactors

In his December 2017 address to the Nuclear Industry Association’s Annual Conference in London, Energy Minister Richard Harrington set out the next steps for the Government’s plans to support Small Modular Reactor (SMR) technology. read more

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