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Choosing a collaborator

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1506
  1. Stephen M Shalet, professor of medicine
  1. Manchester

    The project looked promising. We planned to determine, using a rat model, whether chemotherapy-induced damage to an endocrine gland could be modified by endocrine manipulation induced before and during chemotherapy. We had an excellent team—Gerry, Ian, Barry, and myself (Steve)—and everyone was making a significant contribution. This was my first real attempt at being involved in research that tested a hypothesis as opposed to more clinically orientated observation. I felt that it represented a genuine step forward in my research profile and my hopes were raised further when within less than two years the results of the study supported the initial hypothesis.

    So it was time to publish our findings and, as a mere clinician involved in basic science …

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