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Title The tools of science : the handbook for the apprentice of biomedical research / Jose Russo.
Imprint Singapore ; London : World Scientific, ©2011.


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Description 1 online resource (x, 218 pages) : illustrations
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Subject Medicine -- Research.
Biology -- Research.
Biomedical Research.
Contents Ch. 1. Profile of a scientific researcher (Per scientiam ad sapientiam). Introduction. Profile of the research scientist. Curiosity and urge for rational understanding vocation. Ratio of individuality to teamwork and solitude. Scholarship. Concluding remarks. References. Suggested readings -- ch. 2. Research ideas. Introduction. The birth of a research idea. A formula for daily practice in research. Training grounds for developing and testing. The evolution of a research idea. Final remarks. References. Suggested readings -- ch. 3. The paper. Introduction. Selecting the journal. Authorships. Writing the paper. The role of the reviewers. Plagiarism and copyrights. References. Suggested readings -- ch. 4. The grant application. The apprentice's path to writing a grant proposal reasons why the scientific apprentice needs to write grant applications. Matching the research idea with the objectives of the granting agencies. How to write a grant application. How I wrote my grant application. References -- ch. 5. What is a research laboratory? Definition of a research laboratory. The laboratory as a unit of work with a defined leadership and goal. Maintaining a sense of individuality and uniqueness is the overall goal of the laboratory. The laboratory as a source of fulfillment. References. Suggested readings -- ch. 6. Interactive groups in scientific research. The individual exchange. The interactive groupings. The scientific apprentice as part of the research team. Dynamic of the research team and grantmanship in interactive groupings. References. Suggested readings -- ch. 7. Laboratory protocol books. Defining a protocol book. The simplest experimental protocol. Example of a complex experimental protocol -- ch. 8. The ten fatal mistakes. 1. Underestimating the mentor. 2. Sloppy work. 3. Falsifying data. 4. Jealousy. 5. Vandalism. 6. Cynicism. 7. Postponing deadlines. 8. Underestimating your peers. 9. Overconfidence. 10. Indifference. Suggested readings -- ch. 9. What is expected of the scientific apprentice? Good work, technically perfect and well planned. Critical analysis of the data collected. Drive for excellence. Clear verbal communication. Suggested readings -- ch. 10. Reflections. Do not be afraid of criticism. The workplace. The offer. Suggested readings.
Summary This book aims to provide useful tips for the understanding of scientific research processes and practical advice for people engaged in this field. It is a reflection of the author's more than 40 years of experience in medical and cancer research, and is written in a colloquial style to reach not only the young audience who are considering devoting their lives to biomedical research, but also to those who are already engaged in this field. The author emphasizes the unique traits and qualifications required for performing scientific research and also describes the different modalities which can be performed in our actual scientific environment. There are numerous practical advices in this book, such as guidelines on writing a grant proposal and the first peer-reviewed manuscript, the selection criteria of the training laboratory and mentors, as well as experimental record. The author also provides his insight on the personal inner drive and motivation critical for conducting scientific research, as well as the importance of working on a problem without losing the human perspective of this specific and unique human endeavor.
Other Title Print version: Russo, Jose. Tools of science. Singapore ; London : World Scientific, ©2011 9789814293167