Category: Journal Club

Did science save China?

As a part of  Nature’s 150-year anniversary collection of publications, Shellen Wu argues that it is an awakening of the spirit of scientific inquiry that has been responsible for the changes that have improved the living standards of this vast nation (Wu, 2019) —  that  “The red thread that runs through China’s past 150 years …

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Writing a short research proposal

Research Tips by Dr Julian Quinn Here, we outline some general pointers to writing a short document for seeking funding or some other type of support. Decide what the proposal is about and distil it into a short title This is a useful way to refine the central idea in a proposal. It must be …

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Research reproducibility solution, one paper two discussions?

This paper (1) outlines an interesting approach to the reproducibility crisis in anaesthetic research. Reviewers only look at the methods and results sections and are then asked to write their own discussion. They are blinded to the conclusions of the paper. The discussions, which often come to markedly different conclusions, are then published together…

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The history of surgical teaching at the University of Sydney

The first medical students entered the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1883.  At this time, Thomas Peter Anderson Stuart (1856–1920), a 26-year-old recent graduate of the University of Edinburgh, was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Physiology and charged with organising the surgical teaching program.  As it is today, surgery was a …

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Reshaping the critical role of surgeons in oncology research

In a recent paper published in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, an international team of prominent surgeons examined the barriers to conducting research faced by contemporary trainees and practising surgeons. “Over the past decade … concerns have been raised about a global decline in the number of surgeons performing basic science research alongside clinical activity – so-called …

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