Monthly Archives: July 2014

The “me too” works…

Over the last few years, I notice (though it might be anecdotal since I haven’t done a thorough review) that the less original content is present in a poster or talk, the less likely someone is to acknowledge that their work is a remake and seems to simply skip proper referencing. This year, I have seen a perfect (and I mean it!) remake of a work we have published three years ago. The talk did not even had a single reference, not just to our work but to any works…


These talks or posters are basically presented as original, totally new. Is this a failure of the supervisor when attributing the topic or that of the student for failing to do a proper literature review?

Having positive conversations have…positive consequences!

I had never heard of C-IQ or conversional IQ before, but positive conversation affect brain chemistry and this could mean a lot for your organization.



Research ethics, informed consent and Facebook

Yep, Facebook experimented with 700 000 of its users without their knowledge, and published their results in PNAS!


The general explanation: the users consent to anything and everything for the rest of their lives (Facebook lives) when they signed up to use the service. By that measure, every patient coming to our medical clinics agrees to be part of an experiment or trial and their data used for publication because they have agreed to be treated… OK, I am pushing the boundary a bit (maybe a lot) here but you get the picture and it is a bit absurd.

119731_600(* Cartoon from the Cagle Post by )


However, this has lead to an interesting post on the concept of informed consent, which is at the heart of this kind of studies. It is an essential condition (but not the only one) to allow clinical or drug trials and robustly enforced by ethic committees, at least in the OCDE countries. While hospitals and physicians can use patient data for quality assurance purposes, publication of the said data cannot be made without the patient informed consent.


This could be a great general public education opportunity.




Three Laws of Graduation according to PhD Comics

You’ve got to love this 😉



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