Setting the Agenda: ‘Who are we answering to’?

  By Frank Miedema, PhD @MiedemaF ‏ The Health Council of the Netherlands recently concluded that the dominant use of academic metrics had, from the perspective of the public, shaped  the research agenda of the eight University Medical Centers in an undesirable way. Fields of research that are badly needed because of disease, economic and social burden […]

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The QUEST to transform translational biomedical research has begun

  The QUEST center at the Berlin Institute of Health celebrated its opening with an international symposium. A diverse cast of speakers outlined current challenges in the scientific process and a possible roadmap to transform biomedical research. Trish Groves (Director of academic outreach at BMJ and Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open) spoke about the meaning of […]

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Lessons learned from the MVA85A vaccine: our approach to addressing these issues

  By Emily Sena @drEmilySena This week’s The BMJ includes a collection of articles on preclinical animal studies! As editor-in-chief of BMJ’s first ‘science’ journal it’s exciting to see the conversation about the validity of preclinical animal studies and the manner with which they inform the development of new treatments for patients feature in our big […]

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