Actions Proposed for Other Topics


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Please suggest actions for any improvements to the U.S. biomedical research system not included in our listed topic categories.

The actions below have been proposed by the commenters on this website, ordered with the most recent on top.

Comments by Laura Machesky

Posted: September 14, 2015

Our article, out in eLife today highlights the results of a recent social science study that we conducted where we interviewed 20 prominent US biomedical researchers about the challenges facing scientists in the current climate…


Joel Rosenbaum: Yale

Posted: July 2, 2015

Topic: Other Topics
“One of the very best treatments of almost all the problems concerning present day government funding of biomedical science can be found in the article by the group at the University of Wisconsin/Madison in the June 30, 2015, eLIFE issue on line.
It treats almost all of the questions stated above, and does so in a thoughtful way and,
most importantly, offers practical solutions to some of the problems. It is clear and concise, and so far I have not read anything better. The group had the expertise of the original ‘gang of 4’ who published their ideas in the PNAS…….and that, also was an excellent aritcle…”


Julian Menter: Morehouse

Posted: May 27, 2015

Topic: Other Topics
I think the ideas articulated by the “gang of four” are good as far as they go, but:
Biomedical research has come up with some fantastic results based mainly on high technology. But that is one – dimensional. It tends to lead to the results that we are observing. Young scientists, especially those at have – not institutions (see above) are not usually able to avail themselves of the expensive high – tech gadgets necessary for such projects.


Philip Clifford: UI Chicago

Posted: May 20, 2015

Topic: Other
Overlooked in the topic categories is taking control of wasteful spending by scientists. There needs to be some accountability for the way direct costs are spent.


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