Embracing risk

Cagan, R. (2015) Embracing risk. Disease Models and Mechanisms, 8(8), p. 767. (doi: 10.1242/dmm.021840) (PMID:26203124) (PMCID:PMC4527298)

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Abstract

I entered the science field because I imagined that scientists were society's “professional risk takers”, that they like surfing out on the edge. I understood that a lot of science – perhaps even most science – has to be a solid exploration of partly understood phenomena. But any science that confronts a difficult problem has to start with risk. Most people are at least a bit suspicious of risk, and scientists such as myself are no exception. Recently, risk-taking has been under attack financially, but this Editorial is not about that. I am writing about the long view and the messages we send to our trainees. I am Senior Associate Dean of the graduate school at Mount Sinai and have had the privilege to discuss these issues with the next generation of scientists, for whom I care very deeply. Are we preparing you to embrace risk?

Item Type:Articles (Editorial)
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cagan, Professor Ross
Authors: Cagan, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:Disease Models and Mechanisms
Publisher:Company of Biologists
ISSN:1754-8403
ISSN (Online):1754-8411
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Company of Biologists
First Published:First published in Disease Models and Mechanisms 8(8):767
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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