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SEEDS: Reproducibility in Science


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Panelists discuss one of the greatest challenges in contemporary science—the failure to reproduce or replicate research results.

MIAMI, Fla. (April 25, 2016)—One of the greatest challenges in contemporary science—the failure to reproduce or replicate research results—was tackled by a first-ever symposium that linked reproducibility and the responsible conduct of research.

The SEEDS “You Choose” Awards and the Miller School’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy presented “Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge” on April 24 at the Mailman Center for Children Development, with a keynote talk by Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., founder and CEO of the California-based Science Exchange and co-director of its Reproducibility Initiative.

“It is rare and reassuring to see institutional leadership take such a supportive role” in fostering reproducibility, Iorns said during a subsequent panel discussion with John Bixby, Ph.D., vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery; Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D., executive dean for research and research education and professor of medicine; and Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., associate director for translational research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, professor of medicine, and director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.

The program was chaired and the panel was moderated by SEEDS grant recipient Joanna Johnson, Ph.D., director of writing in the College of Arts and Sciences, who described her work on a project that identifies poor, boastful, and hedging scientific prose as a potential contributor to failures of reproducibility.

What has been called a “crisis” in science, repeated failures to reproduce complex and costly experiments is thought to be an obstacle to public trust in science, especially worrisome in times of budget uncertainty.

Iorns discusssed ways of measuring and incentivizing reproducible research, and included results from the first replication studies published by the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. Iorns was an assistant professor at the University of Miami before starting Science Exchange in 2011. Bixby, Jayaweera, and Slingerland addressed efforts at UM to improve reproducibility and made clear that such efforts are an important component of the responsible conduct of research—and a key element of National Institutes of Health compliance rules for academic institutions.

SEEDS (A Seed for Success) “You Choose” Awards support investigator-initiated activities that enhance the awardee’s community and career. The event was co-sponsored by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

For more information about SEEDS, please contact Marisol Capellan, SEEDS manager, at mailto:mcapellan@miami.edu.

 

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Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge


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Elizabeth Iorns

SEEDS You Choose Awards and the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will present “Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge” on Monday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mailman Center for Child Development, eighth-floor auditorium. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., will discuss how to measure and incentivize reproducible research.

Her presentation, which will be followed by a panel discussion and lunch reception, will include results from the first replication studies published by the Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology. The founder and CEO of Science Exchange and co-director of the Reproducibility Initiative, Iorns was an assistant professor at the University of Miami before starting Science Exchange in 2011. She remains an adjunct professor.

The panel will be moderated by Joanna Johnson, Ph.D., director of writing in the College of Arts and Sciences, SEEDS grant recipient, and program chair. Iorns will be joined on the panel by John L. Bixby, Ph.D., vice provost for research and professor of pharmacology and neurological surgery; Dushyantha T. Jayaweera, M.D., executive dean for research and research education and professor of medicine;  and Joyce M. Slingerland, M.D., Ph.D., associate director for translational research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, professor of medicine, and director of the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.

SEEDS You Choose Awards support investigator-initiated activities that enhance the awardee’s community and career. This event is co-sponsored by the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

 

 

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25th Annual Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy Conference Set for April 7


The University of Miami’s Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy will host its 25th annual spring conference in conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network on Friday, April 7, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel.

This program—the oldest and largest community bioethics conference in the country—will feature presentations on ethics and health information technology, the right to health care, transforming health care for veterans, health care fraud, pediatrics and bioethics, and genetics in the hospital.

The program is approved for continuing education credits for physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys and chaplains. Attendance is free to all full-time UM students, faculty and staff, and all full-time Jackson Health System employees. Use the following registration codes to register online:

UM faculty, staff:  UMEthics2017

UM students:  EthicsStudent2017

Jackson employees:  JMHEthics2017

The hotel charges UM based on the number of registered participants so if you register, please attend! Contact the Bioethics Institute at ethics@miami.edu or 305-243-5723 to obtain registration instructions or for more information.

The conference is made possible with the support of leading regional hospitals and other health care institutions that have identified professional development in ethics as an essential component of high-quality practice. These include UHealth, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, and University of Miami Hospital; Jackson Health System; and the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

 

 

 

 

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