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AAAS and partners debut new online networks for clinical and minority scientists
Date:10/21/2009

an work closer to the clinic.

The network is funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, with 12 scientific and professional societies partnering with AAAS in various ways. The partners include the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Physician Scientists Association, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

The launch of the new social network follows closely the debut earlier this month of Science Translational Medicine, a weekly journal published by AAAS and Science to feature original research and commentary on translational medicine.

In his opening editorial, Elias Zerhouni, chief scientific advisor of Science Translational Medicine, called for the "emergence of a new and vibrant community of dedicated scientists, collaborating to fill the knowledge gaps and dissolve or circumvent barriers to improved clinical medicine."

William F. Crowley Jr., M.D., founder and chair of the Clinical Research Forum, a partner organization of CTSciNet, said the largest disease challenges facing society are being addressed by large teams of scientists from across many scientific disciplines. This raises a lot of difficult questions for collaborating researchers, including the order of authorship on big research papers and the distribution of funding.

"Creating resources and networks that bring scientists together to talk about practicing in their field is critical for moving the discipline forward," said Crowley, who is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of reproductive endocrinology at Massachusetts General Hospital. "These networks facilitate discussions amongst scientists to ensure solutions to both professional and social concerns."

MySciNet is a professional network that seeks to connect scientists and students of diverse backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, mili
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Contact: Benjamin Somers
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202-326-6414
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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