Ethical guidelines for students in laboratory classes using animals or animal tissues – ANZCCART (December 2013)
Introduction The use of animals or animal tissues in laboratory classes is a privilege that brings with it responsibilities. These
(Australia) Concussion researcher claims AFL hindered two-year research project into players’ health – The Guardian (Melissa Davey, et al | April 2022)
Another AFL concussion story, but not about the controversy swirling around Dr Paul McCrory. This one is about Associate Prof Alan Pearce, who claims the league is frustrating research on the horrors of CTE. Such work is vital so the lifelong consequences of these terrible sporting injuries can be better understood and mitigated. So if this report is true, it is mystifying.
(Australia) Undisclosed industry payments rampant in drug-trial papers – Nature (Clare Watson | March 2022)
A researcher who fails to disclose or discuss the steps taken to mitigate a conflict of interest is never a good look. It is especially a concern if someone involved in a clinical trial fails to deal with (at least a perceived) conflict relating to funding from a pharmaceutical company. This can seriously harm the reputation of individual researchers, potentially their host institution, the publication where their research is reported and potentially clinical research in general.
(Australia) AFL to launch review of concussion expert Paul McCrory’s work following plagiarism claims – The Guardian (Melissa Davey, et al | March 2022)
Given how influential Paul McCrory’s work has been in Australia and globally, this developing story is of huge significance. His work has informed good practice in sport and the concern now is, can that position and advice be trusted?
(Australia) AFL says it no longer works with concussion expert Dr Paul McCrory – The Guardian (Melissa Davey | March 2022)
Exclusive: League confirms sports neurologist’s departure from committees in January 2021, well before plagiarism allegations The AFL has confirmed that
Turnitin Integrity Matters Video: Research integrity, impact factors and commercialisation of research – TurnItIn (Video: Dr Daniel Barr & Dr David Blades | March 2022)
In this video, we chat with Dr Daniel Barr and Dr David Blades from the RMIT University research integrity network,
(Australia) Bill to remove ministerial veto of ARC grants rejected – ResearchProfessional News (Jenny Sinclair | March 2022)
If you were hoping common sense or faith in the scientific and peer review process would win out, sorry not so much, welcome to the farce of modern Australian politics. The very idea that politicians can decide whether it is politically palatable or expedient to overturn a decision by an impartial peer review process is offensive and outrageous. The implications are that academic freedom only extends as far as politicians are prepared to let it. The repost from the Senate committee is ominous and alarming. Having rejected the very idea that politicians shouldn’t be able to overturn peer review outcomes, their response is that a peek Australian research funding body needs to be reviewed.