Prof. G.S.Bajpai : Legal research methodology (LRM) is one of my key specializations. I was always fascinated to research and the learning of research methodology was a natural consequence in this process. My one liner is: ‘best way to learn research method is doing research ’. While teaching LL.M course at NLIU, Bhopal, I realized that there is huge scope to impart training in LRM not only to students but also to teachers. I tailored research methodology specially to law and perhaps for the first time in the country, law specific issue like ‘law impact assessment’ was added in the syllabus of law by me. On one occasion, Prof N R Madhva Menon suggested me to hold training programmes in this area. Following this, I organized a first of its kind national level workshop, in LRM and there was tremendous response from all corners and that motivated me to continue with these workshops and by now I had organized more than a dozen of such events. Two … [Read more...] about The best way to learn Research Method is doing Research: Prof. GS Bajpai
4 types of research methods
Another common problem with focus groups and other forms of research is how easily respondents can be led to particular responses, and how hard it is for them to accurately assess and report their own motivations. When you develop your discussion guide, in-depth questionnaire or survey instrument, you need to make sure the questions are not leading, that your respondents are not primed to answer in a particular way. (In fact, when conducting focus groups, I often ask participants to write down their initial impressions before discussion even begins.) For telephone or in-person interviews, make sure your interviewers are skilled in the techniques that will bring even subconscious motivations to the surface. … [Read more...] about When Is Research Misleading?
Notice and consent provide the foundation upon which privacy laws are built. Accordingly, it can be difficult to envision a situation where these conceptual underpinnings, while still important, begin to yield to a new approach. However, that is exactly what the reports suggest in the context of big data. As HealthKit and iOS 8 SDK demonstrate, we live in a world where health data is generated in numerous ways, both inside and outside of the traditional patient-doctor relationship. If given access to all this data, researchers can better analyze the effectiveness of existing therapies, develop new therapies faster, and more accurately predict and suggest measures to avoid the onset of disease, all leading to improved health outcomes. However, existing privacy laws often restrict researchers’ access to such data without first soliciting and obtaining proof of appropriate notice and consent.[viii] Focusing on individual notice and consent in some instances can be unnecessarily … [Read more...] about The White House Big Data Report & Apple’s iOS 8: Shining the Light on an Alternative Approach to Privacy and Biomedical Research
"It was possible to see abrasion along the edges of the leather scales, meaning that the armor had seen considerable use" Skinner said in a statement. "That suggests that Tutankhamun had worn it, and that perhaps he had even seen battle. If this is true, it would be an amazing revelation, countering the idea that Tut was a weak and sickly boy-king." … [Read more...] about Was King Tut A Warrior? Egyptian Pharaoh Had Battle-Damaged Armor, New Research Suggests
“Therapeutic cloning” is more interesting, and more controversial. In that procedure, the nucleus of an unfertilized egg from any human donor would be removed (a la Dolly) and replaced with nuclear material from the human patient, e.g. a type I diabetic. The reconstituted egg would be induced to divide to form an embryo that would be an almost perfect genetic twin of the patient. However, the embryo would not be permitted to develop to term, which would result in a cloned human (a genetic twin of the patient). Stem cells would be taken from the early stage embryo and induced to form, in this case, pancreatic islet cells, would be a match with the patient, and could potentially be used to cure his/her diabetes. Theoretically, any genetic defects in the stem cells could be repaired before the cells are implanted into the patient. … [Read more...] about Banning Stem Cell Research — Or Cloning? Or Both?