A week of little blogging, largely because I have been so busy. This is how my week went.
Monday morning: take train to London. Listen to podcasts from Radio 4 on my newly acquired iPod.
Monday lunchtime: interviewed by New Zealand TV about the Northwick Park affair. I had to mug that one up, it's a long time since it happened and already the details are indistinct. They hired a room at the National Heart Hospital in Westmoreland St for the interview.
Monday afternoon: walk across to the Holiday Inn, Regent's Park for an Advisory Board for Roche. If they decided to bomb it, they would wipe out almost every UK CLL expert. The question was what trials should be done on Rituximab while we are waiting for NICE to approve it for CLL (which they surely will after the German CLL8 trial).
Monday evening dinner. A short walk to the restaurant. I sat between Nick Chiorazzi and Danny Catovsky, so it was an interesting evening.
Tuesday morning: Executive Board of the UK CLL Forum. This was in the Royal Institute of British Architects, close by in Portman Place. 8.30 am was an unreasonable start, but the scientific meeting was in the same building at 10.30. The meeting had talks by Nick Chiorazzi and Sylvia Deaglio as well as a few domestic speakers. It was focused on the microenvironment of the CLL cell in lymph nodes and bone marrow.
Tuesday afternoon: Presented the Hamblin prize for the best British paper on CLL during 2007. It went to Andrea Buggins for her work on IL-6. I made a little controversial speech about the journal publishing it as a 'Letter' rather than as an 'article'. This is a blatant attempt to raise the impact factor of Leukemia, and it isn't the first time they have tried underhand methods. They were caught out some time ago suggesting to authors that they should cite papers previously published in Leukemia. Impact factors work by dividing the number of times papers in a particular journal are cited by the number of papers published. Citations of 'Letters' count in the nominator but 'Letters' do not count in the denominator. Therefore to call an 'Article' a 'Letter' is dishonest. Some might call it 'gaming' the system. I call it dishonest.
Tuesday evening: take train back home in time to watch Manchester United versus Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final. United win 1-0, so it will be an all English final in Moscow.
Wednesday morning: Early train to London for GTAC committee. We have five protocols to discuss and I will be leading the discussion on one about a new type of adoptive immunotherapy for adenovirus infections in stem cell transplant recipients. It's not really gene therapy and the trial design has never been seen by a statistician. However, we pass it after suggesting a major design change. The rest of the day seems to drag and I drop off during a particularly boring discussion about prostate cancer. After the meeting we have a cake in honour of Monika, our secretary who is leaving for greener fields.
Wednesday evening: train back home in time for the Liverpool v Chelsea semi-final. It is an exciting match which Chelsea win 3-2. They will meet Man Utd in Moscow. For American readers, this is as big as the Superbowl.
Thursday morning: I spend all day writing a medico-legal report on a CLL patient who to my mind got poor treatment.
Thursday evening: We go out to vote in the local elections then off to church for the mid-week prayer meeting and then home to watch ER. Afterwards, I go back to the medico-legal report, which I finish at 1-30 am.
Friday morning: I referee a paper for Blood and one for British Journal of Haematology, then edit a few papers for Leukemia Research. Then I photocopy some papers to go with the medico-legal report, then phone a couple of contacts about our search for an associate pastor.
Friday evening: Off to the gym for an hour with my personal trainer. She really puts me through it. Then back for a shower and after dinner, at last, a bit of blogging.