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Side-effects of PCV Treatment?

Hello all, here is a follow-up post on PCV treatment!

“n our previous post, the BIoA discussed the development of a combinatorial therapy to treat low grade recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. Given the like-ability of the post, we decided to provide come more content regarding the administration of the compounds in PCV as well as the side-effects of the therapy….”

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Harassment in academics, the continuing saga.

A post last year in the December 2017 issue of Science magazine centered upon a major concern within the scientific community. That of harassment. In whatever manner or form you think of when the word harassment is used, I can guarantee you that from bullying to sexual harassment, all of it occurs in academia whether we care to admit it or not. Interestingly, this post in Science mentioned something very few journalists focus on, and that is harassment happens to both men and women, because it is an issue of power not gender. I might even add that those who might have introverted personalities, or those with milder forms of Autism are easy targets of harassment given the perception they are in a weaker power position than their boisterous peers. For whatever the reason harassment occurs, I would argue that current institutions still do not do enough to protect those that are harassed, and many times the victims of harassment are shunned to the sidelines of the academic community.

Is this a problem of resources? Perhaps. I can certainly attest to the fact that any office that investigates matters of harassment are poorly staffed, not well funded, and simply so not have the resources to investigate matters fully. Frankly, this is quite sad. Most R1 research institutions are funded by federal grant dollars and are considered equal opportunity employers. This actually means quite a number of things. Really it means academic institutions are obligated to follow, to the letter of the law, all rules regarding sexual harassment at both the federal and state level. In most all states sexual harassment is illegal and the result is employees get the appropriate sanctions that fit the crime. Additionally, all federal and state funding sources should be withheld as well.

However, it could simply be a people problem. This article in Science is correct in stating that change should occur from within institutions by preventing harassers from getting academic honors, accolades, or tenured positions. This also means everyone in academics needs to develop more of a professional mind-set. We are approaching 2019 folks. We all work with individuals of various ethnicities or economic backgrounds, everyone is unique, yet no one is special. I’ve said this before time and time again. Even if you are the director of a lab, you give everyone respect, even the janitors. We are all part of a team to make the research community a warm and inviting place to do business. There is a requirement by both employers and employees to provide a safe working environment for everyone within the institution. If research or academic institutions cannot provide these conditions then they should simply not be allowed to operate.

Ultimately if we fail at this, then all of academia will suffer since continuing innovations and advancements in technology and design are bolstered by academic diversity. Therefore, let us protect and support those creative thinkers out there, and continue our efforts to change the story by punishing those who to do otherwise.

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– Let’s End This!

Written by Brian D. Adams, President, CEO, Director of Research, The Brain Institute of America


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1.) DOI: 10.1126/science.aar6134



Why bother with social media?

When I first started my business all of my colleagues said Brian, you need to focus, you have some great ideas and you need to build a biomarker company ASAP and make a ton of money. Some of their advice rings true. I would love to be dining on something other than 25 cent ramen noodles and whatever the next BOGO deal is at the local shop. However I felt as if I wouldn’t be able to make much of a social impact if I only built a private business entity. 

That’s why we post!

Social media takes on so many different forms and flavors, it can be tough to keep up on these platforms. And it surely is a full time job to keep up with it. Yet there is a greater payoff in the end. That is to change the conversation in this country regarding what information is true, which is false, and how we should use that information to make more effective evidence-based policies in this country. 

Science seems to back this philosophy.

In a recent study, 110 academic scholars’ Twitter accounts were examined and some interesting bits of information were identified. The first is that people tend to flock together. So academics with under 500 followers are primarily having Twitter audiences of about 65% other scientists, 20% public forum, and 10% media organization as well as outreach groups.  And it takes about 1-2K followers to have an audience comprised of 40% public forum and 12% media outlets.

That’s a fairly sobering statistic for many of us young scientists. I started my Twitter account a year and a half ago and I have some 100 followers. However I haven’t been posting much content on Twitter either. By comparison my website gets about 8K views per year with around 2k being unique visitors, and I post way more content on my webpage.

Yet the point here is that the content you post has to be relevant and reach people outside your network, otherwise your just a bunch of academics talking amongst yourselves about making change. 

My group is pretty darn good at this, since many of my followers already are the outreach and advocacy groups who are the key groups that give out money to those lucky few researchers.  Now we turn our attention to the public forum and media sectors. The louder we get, the more we can inform our citizenry of the proper evidence-based information we should be discussing in order to make our communities happy healthier, and stronger.  This is why we post.

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– Let’s End This!

Written by Brian D. Adams, President, CEO, Director of Research, The Brain Institute of America

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