Nobel Prize winner Professor Sydney Brenner tells us that the key to encouraging innovation in research is to foster "deviant studies," where researchers work in areas in which they are ignorant, allowing for fresh perspectives and new ideas. Unfortunately, academia today discourages this sort of creativity.
Elizabeth Dzeng is a PhD candidate conducting research at the intersection of medical sociology, clinical medicine and medical ethics at the University of Cambridge. She is also a practising doctor and a fellow in General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. You can follow her writing on her blog and on Twitter @LizDzeng