Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year

I am not one for New Year Resolutions or Predictions 

        Let's hope it's not "This time next Year Rodney"

    Let's hope we find a superhero who comes up with the goods


  1. The super heroes are not thr folks at barts. The Charcot project failed. Long live ocrelizumab!

    1. How do you know the Charcot failed entirely?, but thanks for your support anyway......not.
      Hope you are not making the same cheer at the end of next year if you live in UK will it ne NICEd

    2. I appreciate this blog and the knowledge it disseminates but don't use it to promote your research.

    3. We're very proud of our research and see no reason why we shouldn't mention it as we do with all the other research findings, so we'll keep on doing what we're doing.

    4. Can you gat an independent ms expert to comment on your own work? Make it fair??

    5. In a word....No

      There is a little chance of this...I don't see a wad of people posting their commnents and to be frank what is your problem.

      Do you think we are unfair?

      I am independent of ProfG and he seldom does his own papers:-)

      A CoI is declared so you choose to ignore them if you want

    6. Agree MD. Our published work is peer reviewed, so there you have your independent experts.

    7. Was there a peer reviewed protocol of the Charcot project? Or of shanas miracle recovery?

    8. Re: "Or of shanas miracle recovery?"

      You would need to address this question to the BBC or her treating neurologist.

    9. Re: "Was there a peer reviewed protocol of the Charcot project?"

      The Charcot project is not a study, but an initiative to study the viral hypothesis of MS. We plan the Charcot Project to be a collection of studies. If you are referring to the INSPIRE study; yes it was peer-reviewed. This happened as part of getting the grant, setting-up the study and the ethics approval process.

      We don’t think we need get the viral hypothesis of MS peer-reviewed. There is a large body of published peer-reviewed literature on this topic already. This literature includes some of our own papers; these papers have all been published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

      As for blog posts we don't have the time, or motivation, to get each post peer-reviewed. A blog is what it is a social media platform. As soon as we start getting our blog posts peer-reviewed we would behind the curve by weeks or months; the benefit of social media is it is in the ‘now’. If you are dissatisfied with reading non-peer-reviewed posts I would suggest not reading them in the first place, including our blog page on the Charcot Project or the BBC article on Shana.

    10. Peer Reviewed post....this is why some places could never do a blog as they work by consensus and never agree on anything.

    11. I think you guys are doing an amazing job. You have helped me understand my disease better, and that has also helped me feel better!

    12. Re: "The Charcot project failed. Long live ocrelizumab!"

      Who said the Charcot Project failed? It is still only in its infancy. We have a long way to go exploring the viral hypothesis of MS. May be ocrelizumab is working via the viral hypothesis of MS? Anti-CD20 therapies all target EBV. May be in the future we will be able to explain how anti-CD20 works via work we do under the Charcot Project umbrella.

      If everyone gave up after the failed on their first attempt we would not be where we are today. The message is to learn from your failures, get up dust yourself off an try again.

      Thanks for the your support and vote of confidence; it is nice to know we have friends. Happy New Year; I hope 2016 is a great success.

    13. “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” - Robert F. Kennedy

  2. Please can everyone on this blog congratulate prof Compston on his CBE? So well deserved.


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