UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes

Date

2-3-2007

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Diabetes Mellitus; History, 20th Century; History, 21st Century; Humans; National Institutes of Health (U.S.); Research Design; Research Support as Topic; United States

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

Scientific discovery occasionally occurs as a sudden and dramatic leap ahead but more often proceeds at a subtler and steadier pace. Each small step forward may escape public notice but is ultimately vital to the journey's success. Indeed, such gradual advancement represents the collective contributions of many workers in the field, some new to the journey. While the notion of combined effort and multiple contributors is honorable, it poses an inherent danger. In our society, unproven, unorthodox, or unnoticed researchers may not receive the funding or support needed to make their contributions. Furthermore, even if they have the potential to make a leap, a hostile environment may preclude their doing so. This article concentrates on the looming crisis in diabetes research, but the principles pertain to all fields of clinical and biomedical science.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: J Clin Invest. 2007 Feb;117(2):285-8. Link to article on publisher's site

DOI of Published Version

10.1172/JCI31089

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

The Journal of clinical investigation

PubMed ID

17273547

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