Tag Archives: academia

Researchers agree: A study is a terrible thing to waste

Spend any significant amount of time reporting on research and you’re bound to run across a real stinker of a study.

Too often, the studies that become clickbait on the web or turn up in women’s magazines – usually boiled down to a surprising health tip – are just, well, how do I put this? Crap.

There are a lot of those kinds of studies in the world. Studies that are too small to be meaningful, or they ask bad or useless questions, they’re poorly designed or they essentially answer a question that’s already been repeatedly answered.

These kinds of studies exist because the publish-or-perish culture of academia rewards volume over value. And let’s accept our part in this, too. There’s always a media outlet that’s willing to trumpet a surprising, if completely unsound, study.

In a microcosm, a bad study or two can raise an eyebrow or a chuckle. In a macrocosm, however, the situation is dire. Continue reading

Doctors present new technologies to investors

AHCJ member Tinker Ready, on Boston Health News, writes that research institutions and companies presented their inventions to investors at Harvard Medical School on Monday.

An illuminated catheter, an artificial retina, a system to shrink tonsils and a device to deliver drugs to the brain were among the products at the “Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference.”

Ready points out that the “the debate over the growing overlap between academia and industry remains unresolved,” with some seeing the effort as a threat to academic integrity.