Medical scientist

Improve human health through research, testing and analysing information.

What does a medical scientist do?

Medical scientists conduct research aimed at improving overall human health. They often use clinical trials and other investigative methods to reach their findings.

Duties and tasks

  • Design and conduct studies that investigate human diseases and ways to prevent and treat them.
  • Examine, prepare and analyse medical samples and tissue sections to study the effects of microbial infections.
  • Investigate causes and treatment of toxicity, pathogens, or chronic diseases.
  • Advise medical practitioners on the interpretation of tests and methods for use in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
  • Standardise drug potency, doses, and methods to allow for mass manufacturing and distribution.
  • Setting up the steps and rules of laboratory medical testing including contamination and safety procedures.
  • Preparing scientific papers and reports.

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