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February 6th, 2007 by Mark · No Comments

We hope to provide a heady mix of technology and medical news, with a focus on tools, hints and tips for postgraduates pursuing research degrees. We plan to cater for a fairly specialised audience of researchers looking to use technology to make their lives easier, but also anyone who uses computers and technology, but spend their day job seeing patients!

Mark is interested in Mac OS X, whereas James appears to like Windows (odd I know). We’re both pursuing research degrees in our respective specialities (neurology and nephrology) but will try not to talk about pure medical news, unless particularly interesting.

We both specifically have an interest in open-source medical tools, increasingly common, increasingly powerful, and often surpassing their proprietary rivals in functionality. This sometimes comes at a price – ease of use. We hope to provide tips, tricks and hints to get the most from these powerful software packages and feel that, in most cases, the effort spent in familiarising oneself is more than compensated by the increase in productivity.

The topics we aim to cover are

  • Technology news
  • Statistical software, such as R/S-plus and SAS.
  • Databases, including Microsoft Access, PostgreSQL, MySQL and Filemaker.
  • The design and implementation of data entry forms in both laboratory and clinical settings.
  • The LaTeX typesetting system and general bibliography management
  • Getting the most from generally available software, including Microsoft Word and Excel (and why you shouldn’t use Excel to store your research data!)

Best wishes,

Tags: Research

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