Virtual Discussion: The COVID-19 Effects on Scientific Publishing and Research with Close Concerns

NSS, in a joint effort with the Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science (DUJS), welcomed Close Concerns (CC) on Sunday, Dec 13th. Close Concerns is a clearinghouse that synthesizes news regarding diabetes and obesity and aims to improve the outcomes of diabetic and obese patients and to mold a healthcare system that provides equal opportunity to care and treatment for those with or at risk for diabetes and obesity.

During the event, a cohort of five team members, including CC founder Kelly Close and two Dartmouth Fellows, presented on the publication process and the impact of COVID-19 on the research and publication process. The group was able to share how their work was impacted and stressed the importance of peer review (and equal representation of sex and race) in the publishing process, even bringing in words of knowledgeable leaders (KOLs) from the field. Kelly Close was also able to talk about her multi-faceted projects including the diaTribe Foundation, a non-profit founded to help those with diabetes, prediabetes, and obesity. 

NSS is grateful to have had this opportunity to speak with Close Concerns and learn about their work, its impact during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Dartmouth Fellowship. We would like to thank Kelly Close and the rest of the Close Concerns team for joining us at this event.