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When Sickness Interrupts Science

Wednesday 10 January 2018

 

From Nature:

 

Leonard Jason
Leonard Jason
(Credit: DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
 

When sickness interrupts science

By Emily Sohn
10 January 2018
© 2018 Macmillan Publishers Limited, part of Springer Nature. All rights reserved.

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Navigating a research career along with a chronic illness, say many researchers, requires zeroing in on what is most essential.

Leonard Jason, a psychologist who was diagnosed in 1989 with myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), realized that he needed to be strategic about his work and careful not to overtax himself.

His approach has led to recognition, including awards for excellence in research and, at one point, a position on a US federal panel advising about research on ME/CFS.

He recommends that scientists pursue the work that matters most to them.

“The reality is that you can’t do it all,” says Jason, of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. “Prioritization is absolutely critical when one is in a diminished state. If it’s trivial and you don’t care about it, let it go.”

 

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