A new “Communicating Science” section of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) web site highlights a range of materials and resources to help scientists communicate the importance of basic biological and biomedical research more effectively.
In addition to FASEB materials and programs, the site also contains detailed information on the June 22 Workshop on Responsible Communication of Basic Biomedical Research: Enhancing Awareness and Avoiding Hype. Organized by FASEB and hosted by NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the workshop brought together a diverse group of experts who explored the problems of hype in basic research, the incentives that encourage it, and recommendations for avoiding it.
In the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog on September 6, NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch outlined his own perspective on hyped research findings, and highlighted workshop topics that particularly resonated with him. At the upcoming NIGMS Council meeting on September 15, FASEB President Tom O. Baldwin, PhD – who served as one of the workshop moderators – will present an overview of the workshop discussion and highlight key actions different stakeholders can take to effectively communicate the intent and outcomes of basic biomedical research.