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LK 101
Research in the age of technology
LK 101
Research in the age of technology
Co-founder, Women's Global Health Network
What is the point of research? To inform? To inspire? To investigate? It should be all of those things, but right now it's just too outdated. The entire process of obtaining funding, publishing, discussing,... Read more

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What is the point of research? To inform? To inspire? To investigate? It should be all of those things, but right now it's just too outdated. The entire process of obtaining funding, publishing, discussing, and even conducting "current" medical research has been stagnant for too many years and it is time for an academic evolution. 

Funding organizations should be thought of as hubs to connect people with similar interests and complementing skills to achieve something greater than anything each could have done on their own. See: http://www.pilothealthtechnyc.com/ for one idea. 

Publishing journals is a big industry with money flying in all directions - except to the people whom we want to know the information the most. Can the incentive system for consuming data be any worse? PLoS One is an improvement. Can we do better? I have ideas on how, and they need interested ears. 

It takes months to submit a completed paper, more to publish, and many more to see comments written on an already out-dated article. Do we really want twitter to be the forum for discussing the latest research? Acclaimed journals must step up their online interactivity or risk becoming obsolete for "current" research.

Finally, as a self-proclaimed data-geek, I can assert that the quality of analyses done by some clinicians on the data at their disposal is mediocre at best. Study methods are sometimes downright appalling to the well-trained researcher. I provide example after example in well-regarded research journals that speak to these points, and illustrate further the need for higher standards.  

As I discuss the merits of today's research environment and then why it must change with the times or risk becoming entirely obsolete, I aim to also inform the future researcher, educate the consumers and doctors, and inspire the entrepreneur with these issues. Everyone must be aware and everyone must be striving for better. 

Nupur Garg is a native of Pensacola, Florida, where she grew up with her parents and three siblings. After finishing high school in 2003, she went on to MIT where she double-majored and doubleminored in engineering, science, and management fields. She went on to join the MD/MBA program at Yale University in 2007. Since high school, she has been starting up programs, leading organizations, and entering and winning innovation competitions, including at the international level.

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