The SAGE Secretive Seven

In keeping with best practice, members of government advisory groups are invited to declare their interests in any companies or organisations that could be interested in influencing decisions made by the group. Seven members of SAGE are revealed here as having interests in companies that they chose not to declare. Of course, human memory isContinue reading “The SAGE Secretive Seven”

Who Owns SAGE?

The UK’s government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) was established in 2020 to “provide scientific and technical advice to support government decision makers during emergencies”. The latest of these has been the COVID-19 pandemic. SAGE members are drawn from a spectrum of disciplines including epidemiology, immunology, pharmaceutics, public health, psychology, modelling and statistics. BeginningContinue reading “Who Owns SAGE?”

The Science Media Centre and MECFS: Best Scientific Evidence or Biased Opinion?

The Science Media Centre describes itself as: “an independent press office helping to ensure that the public have access to the best scientific evidence and expertise through the news media when science hits the headlines.” (https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/) Here I examine the SMC’s reports on MECFS-related publications relating to the PACE trial, from 2011 when the trialContinue reading “The Science Media Centre and MECFS: Best Scientific Evidence or Biased Opinion?”