Here’s the latest from the MEGA petition site:
3 Oct 2016 — Two members of the Alliance have retired from the group: Simon Collins, University of Bristol, will be changing universities; Prof Peter White, Queen Mary University, London, is retiring from research at the end of this year and will have an advisory role.
We will be launching a series of blogs this week from MEGA members outlining why they joined MEGA and what their expertise and field/discipline has to offer.
Which doesn’t seem to me to make a whole lot of difference unfortunately. It does make you wonder why, after the PACE trial, anyone running a research study would want to take advice from Peter White… And Esther Crawley remains involved. The other day, at the CMRC conference, she was seeking to justify her use of GET on children by saying there is ‘good evidence that it works for adults’. It doesn’t seem like she’s paying much attention to the recent slippage in the reputation of PACE.
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It’s astonishing that other scientists on these programmes don’t seem to care about vetting the credentials and credibility of the ‘experts’ that are allowed to attach themselves to the group. If this is because of the ‘no harassment’ pledge that Science Media Centre made them sign, then this really shows up what a manipulative step that was by SMC. If so, it is time that the collaborative spread its wings and break with SMC until that organisation can be purged of the pro establishment, pro business, lobby that has biased it from the outset.
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