So another day, another...shopping bag study. I think in the UK we're overdue a vision for research going forward. There's plenty of critques of research, but I haven't seen a lot of competiting plans showing research necessities and opportunites for expansion. Moreover I think it would be really valuable to have a research strategy that is widely supported by the patient community. Often people will ask for things like 'more biomedical research'. But I think there needs to be more nuanced demands. What are your ideas for research necessities and what would be a good way of putting together a strategy that patients can agree on? In my view, two key areas to focus on would be:- 1) Identifying promising international studies and replicating/developing them using UK patients. 2) Seeking funds to expand existing research teams who are successful and have the capacity to increase scope and output. For example, if someone like Professor Newton could increase research output with a bigger team and more resources, I think it would be wise for patients to lobby for that. Lastly, I'm curious if there are ways as a community we can, identify, endorse and support quality requests for MRC grants. I think it would be much easier to criticise the things that actually get funded if we are able to clearly demonstrate necessities and show that there is enthusiasm and expertise ready to explore them.