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The future of research explored in Chanchlani lecture

Published: January 13 2017
Dr. John Ioannidis
Dr. John Ioannidis

The professor who wrote the "cult classic" paper about why most published research findings are false, will give the Chanchlani Global Health Research lecture at McMaster University on Feb. 6.

Dr. John Ioannidis, a Stanford University professor and one of the most cited experts in clinical medicine and social sciences, will talk about the current status of research practices and examine how these affect the use of scientific research in biomedicine and beyond.

He will also explore the suggestions for improvements, while looking at the current and future global landscape of research. The title of his presentation is "Improving Research Practices: A Global Challenge."

Ioannidis is a professor of medicine and of health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, and a professor of statistics at the Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. He is co-director, Meta-Research Innovation Center.

His 2005 paper, "Why most Published Research Findings are False," has been the most-downloaded article in the history of Public Library of Science, and the Boston Globe called it an "instant cult classic."

At the same event, Ioannidis will receive the fifth annual Chanchlani Global Health Research Award, which was created by the Chanchlani family and McMaster in 2012 to recognize a leading scholar in the area of global health.

"Through challenging the credibility of scientific research, Dr. Ioannidis has brought to light critical issues," said Andrea Baumann, associate vice-president of global health for McMaster.

"His commitment to improving research practices is truly inspiring and we are delighted to honour his outstanding contributions to global health research."

The award presentation and free lecture is open to the public, and takes place on Monday, Feb. 6 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in room 3020 of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery (MDCL). RSVP by Jan. 27 to adairr@mcmaster.ca.

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