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Ioannidis To Give Gordon Lecture

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Dr. John Ioannidis

Dr. John Ioannidis will give the Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology titled “In Scientific Method We Don’t Just Trust: or Why Replication Has More Value Than Discovery,” on Mar. 13 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Ioannidis will explain the current challenges of balancing discovery and replication in science at large, describe different forms of replication and explain why reproducibility is important. He will present the strengths and weaknesses of some proposed solutions for improving research practices towards making research more reproducible and useful.

Ioannidis holds the C.F. Rehnborg chair in disease prevention at Stanford University and is professor of medicine, of health research and policy and of biomedical data science in the School of Medicine, as well as professor of statistics at the School of Humanities and Sciences and co-director of the Meta-Research Innovation Center. He is the leading researcher worldwide on meta-research, the systematic evaluation of research practices and how they can be optimized. Ioannidis’s current research at Stanford includes meta-research, large-scale evidence, population health sciences and predictive medicine and health.

The 2019 Gordon Lecture is part of the NIH Director’s Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series.  Though attendance is encouraged, the talk will also be available at For more information, email

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