By Wendy Tate, Ph.D., GStat, Director of Research Operations
Research informs medicine. Without it, we would not have the advances in treatment, human lifespan, and comfort we experience daily. However, research doesn’t just inform medical treatment; it informs public health and public policy, and it helps explain human behaviors. Every type of research requires the rigor of the scientific method (observe, question, hypothesis, methods, collect, analyze, iterate). Protocols are written; scientific value and ethics are assessed; data is collected; analyses are proposed and executed; and time, energy, and passion are expended.
Let’s look at information we are hearing from the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic to highlight how research informs our daily lives.