When you consider the fact that less than 5% of the findings of academic research make it into clinical practice, and that it takes 17 years on average for those findings that do, the pace of medical innovation is slow.
It is easy to become apathetic.
"It is a slow process, that requires lots of careful research."
But are we all pulling in the same direction as much as we should?
Just take preclinical research for example. How common is it to see more than 1-2 groups using exactly the same model?
Wouldn't it be better to have some commonality.
Does yet another small study using a slightly different protocol really help to answer the bigger research question?
Would the pace of medical innovation accelerate if we overcame our apathy and dared to do ambitious projects together.
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