Many Americans use the media as their sole source for locating information on new health and scientific discoveries. They rely on science and health reporters to determine what issues are relevant and to explain complex research. Strong communication between scientists and journalists is crucial for the public to understand medical research and for accurate information to be shared. What are the best ways to enhance interaction between the media and scientists in the medical field and to increase public health literacy? What do scientists and journalists need to learn about each other to improve medical journalism?
The Baker Institute and MD Anderson Cancer Center are hosting a breakfast discussion to look at the relationship between scientists and the media from the science and health reporter"s perspective. This is the fourth event in the Medicine, Research and Society Policy Issues Series, a joint project between the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.