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Outside the Lab Regulation and standards

Innovation Versus Exnovation

Innovation drives translational science forwards – but what happens after an innovation has been adopted? Sometimes, advancing medical practice means taking note of new evidence and moving in the opposite direction, according to Kimon Bekelis, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, New Hampshire, USA – and first author of a recent study on the importance of de-adoption – also known as exnovation (1).

“The process by which innovations enter everyday use has been studied extensively in many disciplines. But the process by which physicians scale back the use of medical practice has received much less attention”, says Bekelis.

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Roisin McGuigan

I have an extensive academic background in the life sciences, having studied forensic biology and human medical genetics in my time at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. My research, data presentation and bioinformatics skills plus my ‘wet lab’ experience have been a superb grounding for my role as an Associate Editor at Texere Publishing. The job allows me to utilize my hard-learned academic skills and experience in my current position within an exciting and contemporary publishing company.

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