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A go-to guide for good academic practices


The need for more transparent, comprehensive, and practical guidelines for carrying out quality research has been recognized time and again in the Indian scientific ecosystem. To address this lacuna, the University Grants Commission (UGC) recently released a document titled “Good Academic Research Practices (GARP)”, which lists best practices for researchers and institutions to maintain excellent standards of ethical research.

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Mapping the biophysics of early events in Parkinson’s disease

Edna George

Aggregation of amyloid proteins is believed to play a central role in many neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson's disease. Now, a collaborative study by Indian researchers has explored certain key biophysical processes that are involved in the initial steps of this process, providing us with an important clue about the early stages of Parkinson's disease progression.

Photo: Abhijeet Bayani (from one of his field trips)

Common Misconceptions in Biology – Species Richness and Diversity are the same?

Abhijeet Bayani

What’s the measure of species diversity of a habitat? Is it the number of inhabitants? Is it the number of species? Or is it the presence of a rare species? In this article, field biologist Abhijeet Bayani throws light on how he approaches this question of species ‘diversity’ in his classroom (a.k.a nature), while ensuring that his undergraduate students do not confuse it with a very related concept of species ‘richness’.


Awardee-in-focus : Dimple Notani, EMBO Global Investigator

Shantala Hari Dass & Zill-e-Anam

IndiaBioscience's International Grants Awareness Program (iGAP) aims to improve the success rate for Indian applications at international funding opportunities by spreading awareness, imparting skills, and inculcating confidence to apply. In this new series of articles, we speak to past and current awardees of some of these international funding schemes to gain a deeper understanding of their experiences and insights of applying and acquiring these funds.

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