Leadership Training and Development – Academia’s Unmet Medical Need

  By Nadia Soliman (@Nadia_Soliman_) A question, once posed to me, “Why do you think there aren’t more women in senior academic positions?”  My answer, “lack of leadership.” The absence of women leaders in academia has far-reaching effects, not only within institutions, but also on the scope of research and generation of knowledge.  Women are […]

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FORCE2019: Establishing a shared vision for preprints

  This blog is cross-posted from ASAPbio and reused under CC-BY 4.0 license. Please add any comments and annotations on the original post at asapbio.org/force2019-preprints-vision-dinner.   Following a panel discussion about “Who will influence the success of preprints in biology and to what end?” at FORCE2019 (summarised here), we continued the discussion over dinner with […]

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Genuine replication and pseudoreplication: what’s the difference?

  By Stanley E. Lazic (@StanLazic) Replication is a key idea in science and statistics, but is often misunderstood by researchers because they receive little education or training on experimental design. Consequently, the wrong entity is replicated in many experiments, leading to pseudoreplication or the “unit of analysis” problem [1,2]. This results in exaggerated sample […]

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Response: Let’s work together to explore the evidence base for all preclinical research methodologies

  In response to: Drug discovery and preclinical drug development – have animal studies really failed? By Pandora Pound and Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga A case of the ‘straw man’? We came across this blog in BMJ Open Science by chance this week. The blog, entitled ‘Drug discovery and preclinical drug development – have animal studies really […]

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Diversity in science isn’t just about the workforce – it is about the research itself

By Natasha Karp When you hear the phrase “diversity in science”, you typically think about the efforts to create a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce.  However, it is also about the research we conduct.  For over twenty years [1] papers have been raising an issue that we have a sex bias as the research community […]

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