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NLM Co-sponsored Conference on Best Practices to Achieve Reproducible Research Now Available Online

The “Best Practices of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research” conference, held June 9-10, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland, can now be viewed on the NIH VideoCasting site:

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Reproducibility of biomedical research, which is the ability to conduct projects that lead to the same results multiple times, was the focus of a conference featuring the nation’s leading experts, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), and Research!America.

“A number of studies have demonstrated the need to improve the rigor and reproducibility of preclinical research. This conference will highlight not just the reasons for action but also the best practices that can make the 21st century biomedical research more precise and more productive,” said NLM Acting Director Betsy Humphreys.

The two-day discussion included insights from Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, who spoke on “Expectations of Reproducible Research.” Other speakers included John Ioannidis, MD, Professor of Medicine and Health Research and Policy, Stanford University; Christopher Austin, MD, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, NIH; and Jon R. Lorsch, PhD, Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH.

Topics covered in the conference included:

  • The challenge of reproducibility
  • Due diligence in acquiring science
  • Ethics and institutional responsibility
  • Open science and data sharing
  • Scientific rigor and open science
  • Best strategies for reproducible research
  • Best practices of reproducible research

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