July 2, 2019 —
It is a common misconception that the larger a clinical trial, the better the study is and the more important the results. However, what's not appreciated about clinical research is that every trial is in fact the smallest it can be.
October 15, 2018 —
Remember, meeting someone who shares your birthday is a rare fluke, and yet it happens all the time. Dr. Regina Nuzzo writes about how to communicate statistical significance, p-values, and their accompanying results to a general audience.
September 13, 2018 —
We recently redesigned and relaunched our website. Perspectives offers insights on biomedical communication from NIH experts representing different scientific fields. Tools provides useful aids. And Resources links to other helpful sites.
April 27, 2018 —
The next time you hear about the results of a clinical study—especially a clinical trial—ask whether the study relied on biomarkers or surrogate endpoints. Focusing on surrogate endpoints can sometimes lead to the right answers, but not always.
December 7, 2017 —
With the popularity and growth of social media platforms such as Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, and YouTube, we have a complementary and ever-expanding range of channels across which to share information...
November 9, 2017 —
When I joined NIGMS about four years ago, I was struck by the number of press releases from journals and grantee institutions that came across my desk each day. Many of them focused on a recently published paper and failed to explain how the work...
September 14, 2017 —
Walk, do not run, to the nearest exit. We hear this line often as a warning for what to do in the case of an emergency, be it in a crowded movie theater or airplane. It’s prudent advice, because hysteria only escalates the danger.