Over the last couple of months, I’ve had the pleasure of several “virtual” chats with Tom Dobbs, formerly an Oxford medical student and now a plastic surgery registrar in Wales.
Tom has a special interest in patient and public involvement (PPI) in research and innovation within medicine and the life sciences, and has just written an elegant blog for the BMJ about PPI in basic science: http://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/05/11/ppi-in-basic-science-research-are-we-doing-enough/.
This is a really knotty area about which there is much debate (where is this not true in PPI, I hear you cry?). Indeed, his blog has caused quite a stir in the Twittersphere (did I really just type that word? My mother will be turning in her literary grave…) – including via @Katherine_JLA (from the James Lind Alliance) and @SDenegri – the latter is the NIHR National Director for Patients + the Public in Research.
Have a read of Tom’s piece, have a think, and maybe even join in the debate?