Collaborations with Industry Strengthen Academic Research

Collaborations with Industry Strengthen Academic Research

Posted by  | Perspectives in Research

Medical research is not only conducted by professors in the hallowed halls of educational institutions. Other notable research bodies include privately funded research institutions, pharmaceutical companies, government, and nonprofit organizations. Industry labs have a targeted approach, often searching for a drug to treat a specific disease or to address a particularly lucrative problem in medical(...)

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Science on the Streets

Science on the Streets

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“You’ve heard about some of these pet projects, they really don’t make a whole lot of sense, and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.”   -Sarah Palin As a graduate student in a lab(...)

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The Opportunity in Failure

The Opportunity in Failure

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

Each year, the Johns Hopkins graduate programs organize a white coat ceremony for graduate students to recognize the completion of their graduate board oral examinations (GBOs). For graduate students this test is the gatekeeper to our training; it transitions us from students to Ph.D. candidates and marks the commencement of our thesis work. The students(...)

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A Remedy for the Hangover

A Remedy for the Hangover

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“If getting drunk was how people forgot they were mortal, then hangovers were how they remembered.” ― Matt Haig, The Humans Matt Haig’s quote exemplifies the dreaded and inevitable consequence of a night of heavy drinking: hangovers. While the scientific community condemns drunkenness as a threat to individual health and public safety, drinking and hangovers are tales(...)

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Students Impact AMA’s National Health Policy

Students Impact AMA’s National Health Policy

Posted by  | A Day in the Life

Aloha! Being a medical student has its perks. Over the past semester, my medical school experiences have taken me across the country. I’ve traveled to various conferences in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Boston, and this month, Hawaii, where I attended the American Medical Association (AMA) Interim Meeting in Honolulu. The AMA is the largest coalition of(...)

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The Changing Face of Biomedical Ph.D. and Postdoc Education

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“Night science is a sort of workshop of the possible. … ”  François Jacob While we may be living in the “century of biology,” biomedical science exists in a climate where risk-taking is discouraged. That’s according to Keith Yamamoto, Ph.D., chancellor of science policy and strategy at the University of California, San Francisco. On Nov.(...)

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The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

The Fate of Science Rests on Our Ability to Communicate

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“It is absolutely impossible!” While the student next to me was the one to vocalize an incredulous attitude, everyone was thinking it. We were in a workshop provided by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellows, and we were tasked with explaining the importance of our research to someone with(...)

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When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

When Cancer Hits Home: A Researcher’s Call to Action

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My fifth grade world — a typical one concerned with classes, friends, recess, lunch menus and dreading middle school — forever changed one day, when I sat on the ABC-patterned carpet in my classroom and watched my favorite teacher hide tears from the class. I first met her in third grade. She was always peppy(...)

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