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NLM Co-Sponsors Conference of NIH Leaders, FDA Commissioner and Other Experts to Address Best Practices to Achieve Reproducible Research

Reproducibility of biomedical research, which is the ability to conduct projects that lead to the same results multiple times, will be 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.

The “Best Practices of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research” conference takes place June 9-10, 2016 at the Bethesda Marriott, 5151 Pooks Hill Road Bethesda, Md.

“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 will include insights from Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Robert Califf, who will present “Expectations of Reproducible Research.” Other speakers include 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.

The conference’s goal is to generate constructive and practical messages to benefit producers and users of biomedical research discoveries. The topics to be covered are:

  • 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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The Friends of the National Library of Medicine is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization comprised of a coalition of individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, health science libraries, corporations, and foundations formed in 1986 and dedicated to increasing public visibility for, appreciation of, and engagement with the National Library of Medicine.

Research!America is the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. We urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) at levels that keep pace with scientific opportunity. We also advocate for federal funding for global health research and a legislative and regulatory climate that stimulates growth in industry research and development.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice and is a leader in information innovation. As one of the 27 Institutes and Centers at the National Institutes of Health, NLM advances research in biomedical informatics and data science and is the world's largest medical library. Millions of scientists, health professionals and the public use NLM services every day.