August 5, 2020

The Niche

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I recently did a poll asking folks how they thought blogging would affect an academic’s career and got 50 responses. The results suggest that most respondents thought it was not particularly harmful to one’s career. 18% and 4% thought it mildly and strongly negative, respectively. Far more were enthusiastic as 52% and 6% thought it mildly and strongly positive, respectively. I’d be very interested in the reasons why people voted the way they did. Please let me know in the comments, by email, etc.

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This is the first in a new series of posts I’m doing in lessons I’ve learned from the ever-increasing number of patients who contact me directly or are readers of this blog who make great comments. Today’s post is focused on the lack of availability of and exclusions of the vast majority of patients from clinical trials, an issue that I believe many stem cell researchers are largely unaware of at this time. The standard advice in the stem cell field is to encourage …Read More

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Here on The Niche I’m giving out a Stem Cell Person of the Year Award for 2012 along with all my other annual awards (e.g. best stem cell journal, paper, blog, comic, activist, etc). 2020 update: you can see future winners of the award here. The Person of the Year winner will get recognition for being a difference maker, someone who takes a risk to help others.    The winner also gets $1000 in cash from me.   About 30 people have been nominated, …Read More