Estelle Mallet-Dumas

Estelle Mallet-Dumas

She has a PhD in Biological and Medical Sciences and has worked for six years in England as a post-doctoral student.

When I was looking for a change in my work while still using my scientific background, I then met François Gonon (CNRS-UMR 5293) who is interested in science communication and research policies. I have now been working with him for a year as a post-doctorate. Using scientometric methods, we studied scientific publications in different neuroscience fields. We collected meta-analyses studying the association of biological, psychological or environmental traits for 4 psychiatric disorders and for 4 neurological diseases. We identified the initial study and, in collaboration with Pr M. Munafo’s team in Bristol (UK) we are currently analysing and comparing effect sizes in the initial study and the corresponding meta-analyses. We observed that the results of most initial findings are strongly attenuated or even refuted by subsequent studies. My PhD project is supervised by Andy Smith (CNRS UMR 5119) and François Gonon. During this research from a perspective of political sociology, I will further investigate the devaluation of initial studies and their mediatisation by the mass media. I will also study the interactions between scientists and journalists and the use of scientific discourse in official reports dealing with mental disorders.

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