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Biomedical Research: An Insider’s Guide

  • Provides young physicians and scientists a step-by-step guide to launching and sustaining a successful research career

  • Includes both “big picture” input on career decision-making and detailed suggestions on how to be a successful researcher

  • Most comprehensive text of its kind in the field


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Basic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Seward B. Rutkove
      Pages 3-7
    3. Seward B. Rutkove
      Pages 19-23
    4. Seward B. Rutkove
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    5. Seward B. Rutkove
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  3. Research Structures and Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Seward B. Rutkove
      Pages 55-61
    3. Seward B. Rutkove
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    4. Seward B. Rutkove
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  4. Successful Paper and Grant Writing

About this book


This comprehensive yet concise book introduces people at all levels of training—undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty—to the basic joys and challenges of biomedical research. By discussing many key research issues, would-be and early-stage academics will not only be better informed about the world of biomedical research, but will learn a basic set of instructions to help jumpstart their careers. Biomedical Research: An Insider’s Guide is divided into five sections. The first focuses on decision points regarding whether or not to enter research and if so what type: basic, clinical, or translational. The second section focuses on the practicalities of pursuing medical research, including institutional review boards and animal care committees as well general suggestions regarding idea generation and collaboration. The third section covers a core aspect of research: writing—detailing the evolution of both grants and papers. The fourth section addresses a range of issues, including conferencing to patents to working with industry to obtaining philanthropic support. The final section deals with all-important broader life issues from job choices to being a mentor to thoughts on how to keep the big picture front and center. An invaluable resource that offers insightful, practical advice, Biomedical Research: An Insider’s Guide reveals how biomedical research can be both challenging and truly rewarding.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Professor of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Biomedical Research: An Insider’s Guide
  • Authors Seward B. Rutkove
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-3653-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-3655-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 299
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurology
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“This is an introductory book for those beginning their careers in research. … This should be essential reading for everyone considering a career in research. The book provides extraordinary life lessons that could keep neophytes from making career-ending mistakes and make the entry into research a more gratifying experience.” (Vincent F. Carr, Doody's Book Reviews, November, 2016)