Category Archives: Research

Health Wonk Review: Polar Vortex Edition, July 2014

Okay, so the vaunted summer polar vortex didn’t exactly bring the expected plummeting temperatures this week, but at least the oppressive humidity is lessened. Along with that refreshing change, some fresh thoughts from our Health Wonkers: Over at InsureBlog, Henry … Continue reading

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Sex Cells! Addressing Sex Differences in Pre-Clinical Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD Janine Clayton and Francis Collins published an important commentary in Nature yesterday on the need to address sex differences in preclinical research that relies on cell and animal models. They outline some of the steps the … Continue reading

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All Hands on Deck: Standing Up for the Value of Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD This blog is a fitting place to respond to the surge in activity which resulted from last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on driving innovation through federal investments in research and development; and this week’s House … Continue reading

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Of Billionaires, Jellyfish, and Pond Scum: What Really Matters in the Debate Over the Future of Research

By Ann Bonham, PhD On March 15, 2014, The New York Times Sunday edition published a front page story by William J. Broad,“Billionaires with Big Ideas Are Privatizing American Science.”The piece drew nearly 500 comments on the Times’ website in … Continue reading

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Balancing the Ethical with the Financial in Medical Research Funding

By Philip A. Cola The United States government allocates billions of dollars annually to training physician scientists and funding medical research. But what are the ethical and motivational considerations of the scientific knowledge transfer necessary to advance the clinical practice … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here is a roundup of our Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013: 1. Proposed U.S. Allopathic and Medical Schools, by James E. Lewis, Ph.D. 2. Matching the Unmatched: The Role of the Medical Student Career Advisor, … Continue reading

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How Medical Research (Almost) Saved Your Life

By Atul Grover, MD Originally posted as a Second Opinion article on September 17, 2013 This fall, Congress has returned to face what seems like an endless repetition of fiscal issues that our nation’s leadership can’t seem to resolve.  The … Continue reading

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Ahead of the Curve: Making the Move to PAs and NPs

By Michael J. Dill AAMC’s Center for Workforce Studies recently published its study, “Survey Shows Consumers Open to a Greater Role for Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners” in Health Affairs. With rapidly rising health care demand in the United States … Continue reading

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The Case for an Open Discussion of Mental Health in Medical Education

By Allison Griffin “Being a good doctor is about more than scientific knowledge. It also requires an understanding of people,” said Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Kirch was referring to the … Continue reading

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Critical Agility: Focusing Strategic Attention in the Research Enterprise

By Rand Haley What should guide the strategic focus of university and academic medical center research enterprises as they strive to strengthen their contributions to institutional and societal missions, attractiveness to leading faculty and students, and competitiveness? I propose a … Continue reading

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