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  • Revisiting the challenges of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when doctors and patients had to make treatment decisions without the support of scientific evidence, can provide valuable clues on how to prepare for future pandemics.

    • Jesús Rodríguez-Baño
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  • Investigations show that those spreading misinformation that undermines the rollout of vaccines against COVID-19 are well financed, determined and disciplined. To counter their activities, we need to understand them as an industry actively working to sow doubts about the deadliness of COVID-19, vaccines and medical professionals’ integrity.

    • Imran Ahmed
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  • Former WHO Director-General Margaret Chan has learned some tenets at the heart of resolving every global health crisis. However, in the COVID-19 pandemic, pervasive complacency in the face of this learning kills.

    • Margaret Fu-chun Chan Fung
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  • The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity to reimagine preparedness for and responses to future pandemics.

    • John N. Nkengasong
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  • Understanding disparities between genders in career equity could help promote equal pay and equal opportunity for women in academia.

    • Nina F. Schor
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  • Stakeholders in public health must lobby policy makers to make decisions based on evidence, not political expediency, particularly when the studies that hang in the balance are critical to understanding the origins of epidemics.

    • Angela L. Rasmussen
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  • Melanoma Patient Network Europe has a lot of experience in connecting researchers with patients, including organizing patient-led conferences. The group’s founder explains how productive interaction can be transformative to research.

    • Bettina Ryll
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  • Patients’ contributions to biomedical research have quickly been shifting from passive participant to active contributor. But what happens when the person with lived experience of the disease becomes the clinical researcher?

    • Sara Riggare
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  • Being a parent scientist can feel like a catch-22, feeling guilty for both the time spent away from the children and the time spent away from the bench. Embracing healthy boundaries can be liberating but will only go so far if childcare remains unaffordable.

    • Miriam Merad
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  • Every crisis is a strong call to mobilize the entire research community to respond. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Researchers, universities, funders, philanthropies, journals, and journalists have all pivoted, en masse, to COVID-19. Everyone is ‘Covidized’, and it should worry us.

    • Madhukar Pai
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  • Healthcare workers are having to work under incredibly stressful conditions. Videoconferencing can be harnessed to provide mental-health support, but some report ‘tele-health’ fatigue. To protect public health, prepare for the mental-health surge among healthcare workers.

    • John H. Krystal
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  • Reuse of patient data for research purposes could be very fruitful. However, too seldom are those whom the data are from—the patients—involved in how their data should be used.

    • Natalie F. Banner
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  • There is a pervasive problem in academia of principal investigators who abuse their powers and mistreat their trainees. Here I share suggestions that would help protect the trainees and ultimately reduce the number of toxic supervisors.

    • Akiko Iwasaki
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