The Big Question

Interviews and explainers with UChicago experts on the biggest medical and scientific questions of the day.

Should all adults be screened for depression?

January 26, 2016

With the aim of easing the burden placed on society by depression, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force called for screening for depression in the general adult population, including the elderly, pregnant and postpartum women. ScienceLife spoke with Pooja Dave, PhD, about these new recommendations. [Read More]

A big data look at improving scientific research: A Q&A with Andrey Rzhetsky

November 11, 2015

Of all the possible experiments available in biomedical research, only a small subset are ever tackled by scientists. This is in part due to institutional and cultural pressures that lead researchers to avoid risk-taking and choose inefficient research strategies, according to a new study based on a computational analysis of millions of patents and research articles. ScienceLife spoke with co-author Andrey Rzhetsky about the proposed steps for a more productive future. [Read More]