Māori Students' Event
Date: 31 March 2015
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Alan MacDiarmid (AM) 102, Kelburn Campus
An evening for Māori students is to be hosted by the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences & Education on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. It will be held in the Alan MacDiarmid Building 102 (AM 102), Kelburn Parade from 5–7pm. This is an opportunity to meet fellow students and staff while learning about the services the University provides to support students during their studies. Prepare to be inspired by the opportunities that you have as a student at Victoria e.g. leadership programmes, Victoria Abroad (exchange), internships and mentoring opportunities.
We have some special guests attending to talk about life at Victoria, including Prof Piri Sciascia, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Māori); Prof Jennifer Windsor, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Faculties; Dr Nikki Hessell, Associate Dean (Equity); fellow students who will share their experiences and successes; and staff from the Faculty Student and Academic Services Offices and other student services, such as Te Pūtahi Atawhai, Student Learning and Careers and Employability.
There will be refreshments along with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about studying within the Faculties and the diverse opportunities available.
For catering purposes please email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone Claire on 04 463 5741, or come in to see her in Murphy 411, no later than Friday, 27 March.
Download the Māori students' evening flyer (PDF, 425 KB).
GSNMH April Research Seminar
Date: 1 April 2015
Time: 12.30 pm
Those with the gold make the evidence: the pharmaceutical industry and clinical trials
Presented by Professor Joel Lexchin
Pharmaceutical companies fund the bulk of clinical research that is carried out on medications. Poor outcomes from these studies can have negative effects on sales of medicines. Research has shown that company funded research is much more likely to yield positive outcomes than research with any other sponsorship.
The aim of this talk is to investigate the possible ways in which bias can be introduced into research outcomes by drawing on concrete examples from the published literature. Biases are introduced through a variety of measures including the choice of research topics and comparator agents, hiding data from regulators, publication biases, ghost writing, researchers’ conflict of interest, stopping trials for commercial reasons and the use of “seeding trials”. Economic theory predicts that firms will try to bias the evidence base wherever its benefits exceed its costs. The examples given here confirm what theory predicts. What will be needed to curb and ultimately stop the bias that we have seen is a paradigm change in the way that we treat the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and the conduct and reporting of clinical trials.
Date: Wednesday 1 April 2015
Time: 12:30 - 1:30pm
Where: Seminar room CS801, Level 8 Clinical Services Building, Wellington Hospital
To RSVP: Please contact Laura Burnet, School Administrator by Monday 30 March