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Wilkommen to my blog - my name is Karin Purshouse, and I'm a doctor in the UK. If you're looking for ramblings on life as a junior doctor, my attempts to dual-moonlight as a scientist and balancing all that madness with a life, you've come to the right place. I'm currently a doctor/research trainee in oncology after spending a year doing research in the USA. All original content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

A bit of good news

One of my best friends got married recently, and I'm using his wedding cake as a reminder of happier things!

  You can read some joint BMA/Medsin writing on the PLoS blogsite about the recent respective conferences here. I'll quickly scribble about some Open Access developments to retain some non-revision writing.

Open Access is really, well, opening up, here in the UK.  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is supporting the Government's plans to make research freely accessible on the internet.  David Willetts made the announcement today, noting that the government spend £5bn on research and could save millions by making research available to all.   Dame Janet Finch has been invited to report on how we can make Open Access a reality.  To have the Minister of State for Universities and Science making such a statement is a huge step forward for Open Access in the UK.  The report is due in the summer.

Not much more to say from me for now.  Apologies if I cry on you at some point in the next few weeks for something as innocuous as making me a cup of tea (this seems to be the current affliction of a lot of female final years at the moment!). Normal service will shortly be resumed. And I'd really appreciate the tea :)

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