3 Things I’ve Learnt From Conducting My Own Research Inquiry


Who would’ve thought that a single world could be capable of striking fear into the hearts of physicians and scientists alike.

From the researching to drafting to the review to redrafting to submission  and  peer review, the road to publication is a long, arduous process, that can make or break a physician’s research career.

So I decided to get a head start and begin learning the art of writing a research paper. And although it’s been a difficult process, I feel as though I have learnt a lot and become a better scientist.

I decided to base my research inquiry on the theory of endosymbiosis and do some research to determine whether this now widely accepted theory of chemical evolution could be stimulated artificially, speeding up the evolution of human bodily cells and thus opening a new avenue of treatment for several diseases. Needless to say, this was EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DO.

So here are some things I’ve learnt and discovered along the way.

1. It is okay to use the regular Google search engine sometimes

I remember trying to use the more academic Google scholar several times for my research inquiry only to start reading a journal and feel completely and utterly out of my depth. This achieved nothing and just left me feeling frustrated that I lacked the knowledge to fully comprehend these articles. Only on returning to the regular search engine was I able to conduct meaningful research and proceed further in answering my question. I was even able to access snippets of journals from websites such as www.sciendirect.com and extract the  information required. I was significantly more productive.

2.  Do the work

As I progressed further in my research,  I began to put a draft together. Then I hit a roadblock. I realised that i had not fully immersed myself in my research and so lacked the understanding and knowledge to even go about proposing an answer to my research inquiry. I had to go back and do the work.

3.  Accepting the outcome

Too often as scientists we are much too focused on reaching the desired outcome in our research, that we dismiss what we have learnt along the way and how this could be applicable or beneficial to other research projects.  I realised as I began finishing my draft, that my research question was unlikely to have a conclusive answer as this was not an experimental research project and I’m still very in-advanced with regards to scientific knowledge, however I refused to dismiss the fact that I had broadened and deepened my knowledge during the course of this project. That in itself was remarkable.

By Tolu Fabunmi xx

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3 Reasons Why We Should All ‘Speak Science’

Too often I get really excited about a new medical/ scientific concept I’ve just learnt about about and end up talking the ear off everyone I run into telling them what I’ve just discovered. Too often I’m met back with blank confused stares and polite nods- much too often and herein lies the problem.

So here are the top 3 reasons why I think everyone should speak science.

  1. To Get With The Times

The vast majority of modern society is made to feel like to understand medical or scientific terminology you have to be a member of an elite and exclusive club of PhD students and well-established scientists. Unfortunately this seems to be the case a lot of the time and is why I believe medical and scientific language should become the norm.  My main reason however is that science, medical or otherwise has become so integrated into our society that it’s quite frankly surprising that so many of us aren’t well versed in it.

2. To Tackle Social Inequality

Popularising the frequent use of scientific terminology enables us to further increase opportunities for social mobility and makes STEM more accessible for your average working-class citizen. 

3. To Create A More Educated Society

It means when you and I are browsing the web desperately searching for the answer to that science worksheet, words like ‘hematotoxic’ no longer strike fear into our hearts. Unfortunately we aren’t all going to be, nor can we all become science geniuses overnight, but it means that scientific words no longer appear foreign or feel alien in our mouths. It means we can go to the doctors and be reassured that we don’t have a bicuspid aortic valve rather than being told in a polite but rather patronising manner that ‘your heart is perfectly fine’.

This would mean that people are more educated about their health. day to day dealings and society is progressing. Isn’t that what we are all aiming for?

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