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Vol. LXIV, No. 5
March 2, 2012
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Ioannidis To Speak, Mar. 19 in Natcher

Dr. John Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg professor
Dr. John Ioannidis, C.F. Rehnborg professor in disease prevention, professor of medicine and director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, will speak on “The Pressure To Get It Right: Biases in Biomedical Research,” on Monday, Mar. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon in Bldg. 45, balconies A, B & C.

Ioannidis will discuss empirical evidence for the presence and consequences of some main biases in scientific discovery. He will also discuss solutions for optimizing the efficiency of biomedical research processes. The intensified quest for scientific discovery has resulted in a flurry of research claims that represent false-positive or exaggerated results. There are many forces that create this excess of spurious significant findings, including both random error and a number of biases. Ioannidis’ talk will address all of these issues.

Ioannidis has been adjunct faculty for Tufts University School of Medicine since 1996, with the rank of professor since 2002. Since 2008, he has been leading the Center for Genetic Epidemiology and Modeling of the Tufts Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. He is also adjunct professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and visiting professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Imperial College London.

Ioannidis has served as a member of the executive board of the Human Genome Epidemiology Network, president of the Society for Research Synthesis Methodology, editorial board member of 26 international journals and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. His work combines skills in clinical research methodology and evidence-based medicine with the challenges of current molecular medicine and genomics.

The seminar is sponsored by the Office of Disease Prevention and several institutes. Registration is not required; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Paris Watson at Paris.Watson@nih.gov or (301) 496-6615.


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