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Olivier Coquillo

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Why can't we all get together and find a cure to all terminal diseases?

I have not done enough research on collaboration between research centers but I promise to read all of your comments, since I am mostly asking this question to learn from you.

One of my dreams is to be able to witness an international collaboration and a public commitment from top research centers to find a cure to terminal diseases and to distribute the cure for free to people in need.

Do you think that there is a competition between research centers and scientists? Do you think that some groups are more focused on finding a cure to make money rather than finding a cure to save lives? I would love to know what you think.



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  • May 7 2013: OC, not to burst your bubble, but I honestly don't think we can ever find a cure for cancer or HIV. I'm not saying this as a pessimist who is giving up I speak as a researcher, with full understanding of the diseases, and more importantly as a realist wanting to attempt a satisfactory treatment. Treatment, not cure. I'm not saying researchers and doctors should give up. I'm saying they need to accept that there may NEVER be a full cure, and try to find a treatment that gets as close to a cure as possible..

    And as far as centres dedicated to specific diseases, we have a LOT of them scattered around the world. What is lacking here is primarily networking between the researchers. Scientists are generally reluctant to publish all of the data they generate because they have plagiarism concerns. What would really help is the WHO co-ordinating more programmes. Raising awareness. Bringing people with resources and researchers with ideas together. And getting people willing to skip the small stuff and look at a bigger picture.

    P.S. Sorry about rambling on. This is an issue that's personal to me and i find it difficult to remain objective.
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      May 7 2013: You may find it difficult to remain objective, but as a researcher in this area, you may still be the closest to an objective understanding of the subject.
      • May 7 2013: When it's about work, yes. But when I'm talking about it.. I tend to ramble on :) Thanks though!
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      May 8 2013: Sindhu, I believe we can find a cure to cancer and HIV if we combine our research efforts on an international level. A transparent international cooperation is challenging (because of the reasons you mentioned and many more), but it can be done!

      I do like the idea of focusing on the best treatment for terminal illnesses, but a treatment should be a temporary solution until we find a cure. This actually brings a good idea. Maybe there should be three groups in those International Association of Research Institutes that I dream about:

      1 group of scientists focusing on finding the cure
      1 group of qualified people focusing on finding the best treatment and educating the population
      1 group of qualified individuals focusing on how to deliver the cure to people in need for free

      Thank you Sindhu!


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