Category Archives: National Research Ethics Service (NRES)

The Curious Case of the SMILE Research Collaborators

The Advertising Standards Authority Adjudication re: Alastair Gibson’s unsubstantiated claims about The Phil Parker Lightning Process in a sponsored link to his “Withinspiration” website dated June 2010. Alastair Gibson is named by Dr. Crawley on th NHS REC form as … Continue reading

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Complaint to National Patient Safety Agency – May 2011

To: Chief Executive of NPSA Date: 3rd May 2011 Re: Complaint Ref. 10/H0206/32 submission date 24.05.2010 Assessing the feasibility and acceptability of comparing the Lightning Process with specialist medical care for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Myalgic Encephalopathy (CFS/ME) pilot Randomized … Continue reading

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Reply from NRES – no further action – 14th April 2011

Our Correspondence with Director of National Research Ethics Service From NRES Director – Further to your email of 8th April, complaints must be managed within the policy timelines. I appreciate that this, as an ongoing study, may generate new issues … Continue reading

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NRES reply to our response to December 2010 ethics review of SMILE – 6th April 2011

Letter from National Research Ethics Service 6th April 2011 –  Re: Pilot Study of Lightning Process in Children with ME/CFS (SMILE) Thank you for your letter of 16 January 2011 about this study. NRES is aware that a number of … Continue reading

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NRES publishes lies about SMILE study – 1st April

1st April 2011 To: Joan Kirkbride <joan.kirkbride@nres.npsa.nhs.uk> Cc: janet.wisely@nres.npsa.nhs.uk, “sally.davies” <sally.davies@dh.gsi.gov.uk>, “Bill.Davidson” Bill.Davidson@dh.gsi.gov.uk Dear Joan, Thank you for your mail of 16th March. I believe you may have again been misled by the SMILE research team. You said: “1. It … Continue reading

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Report by NRES on Complaint Investigation SMILE trial – March 2011

From National Research Ethics Service, March 2011 – Complaint investigation – SMILE Study Complaint Lead – Dr Janet Wisely March 2011 Key dates and actions 3rdMarch -Correspondence received by email to Joan Kirkbride 4thMarch -Forwarded as formal complaint (previous correspondence … Continue reading

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Complaint investigation by NRES – Interview Notes – 22nd March 2011

Complaint investigation – SMILE Study SMILE investigation – interview notes All interviews held by telephone on 22ndMarch 20111. Bill Davidson (BD) JW explained briefly the background to the study and the formal complaint that had beenreceived. BD confirmed he was … Continue reading

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Reply from NRES re: apology to Phil Parker – 16th March 2011

Letter from National Research Ethics Service 16th March 2011 – Please find below response to your further queries. 1. It was never the intention that Alastair Gibson would provide research interventions and no change has been made since initial submission. … Continue reading

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NRES confirm that Alastair Gibson is not providing any research intervention with the children – 4th March 2011

Thank you for your further correspondence on this matter. NRES is sensitive to the fact that this study has caused great concern to some within the ME community and NRES has received extensive correspondence on the study and the intervention … Continue reading

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Our Reply to Ethics Service re: NRES Apology to Phil Parker – 8th February 2011

Letter 8th February 2011 –  To Joan Kirkbride, Head of Operations, England, NRES I refer to your letter of 4th February regarding the pilot study known as SMILE and the NRES’ apology to Phil Parker for associating him with the … Continue reading

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