The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started – Norman Cousins, Author.
Welcome to The Accidental Researcher!
Health and medical research provides hope for many patients and their families. While there’s no doubt research is changing the future of many serious illnesses, it’s a slow, laborious process.
There are highs and lows, twists and turns. A discovery that points the way to a new potential therapeutic target is exhilarating. Even better still of course, is the development of a new treatment after decades of effort by numerous people. The lows cast long shadows at times. Failure to win grant funding is perhaps the most common setback, threatening the future of a particular research direction, or worse, continued job prospects in an ever competitive world.
A good researcher constantly critically evaluates the status quo and is primed to expect the unexpected. Intellectual survival of the fittest is the name of the game. Except it’s not really a game. The stakes are high for the people who look to health and medical research to cure them of a range of devastating conditions. And the researchers themselves… most are in it for altruistic reasons, they certainly don’t do it for the money or some kind of sadistic thrill associated with facing unemployment in the next five years.
So here we are… at the start of a new journey that explores the health and medical microcosm. It’s a community that dreams big and rarely takes no for an answer. Progress is made one excruciating step at a time. When research delivers, it changes our world for the better. Though it’s always good to be mindful that not all health and medical research is created equal. Strap yourself in, let’s go…