Many contemporary issues in epidemiology and particularly genetic epidemiology are not resolvable by single cohort studies and require the combination of data from multiple studies. This requires scientists to work together in large consortia where their individual chance of prominence is lessened, but the resulting scientific discoveries are more likely to be valid. This requires a cultural change from the scientists but may also need to be encouraged by research funders and academic employers who have, in the past, judged scientific performance on authorship position that could become an outdated method for large collaborative projects.

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