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December 30, 2010

The MRC begins 2011 in a strong position

by Simon Denegri

It has been a rollercoaster and, at times, highly emotive year for science. Pre-spending fears of savage cuts were briefly substituted by a communal sign of relief after the event. Then the reality sunk in. And now it is about making the best of what we've got.

That's certainly been my sense of the feeling across the medical and health-research community ahead of this week's announcement of the science and research-budget allocations. But then we have perhaps had more time to run through the emotions than other areas of science.

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Simon Denegri

Simon Denegri

Simon Denegri joined AMRC as its Chief Executive in February 2006.

Previously, Simon had been Director of Corporate Communications at the Royal College of Physicians of London from 2003. He was Assistant Chief Executive at the Alzheimer’s Society (UK) from 2002 to 2003 and its Head of Public Affairs from 1992 until 1997.

In the intervening period he was Corporate and Financial PR Manager at Procter & Gamble in the United States and then Director of Communications at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (SCMH).

Simon is a member of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC) Board, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Advisory Board and UK Age Research Forum as well as a member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee. He has written and spoken extensively on issues concerning health and healthcare policy and practice.