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Rigor in Science: The Challenge of Reproducibility in Biomedical Research

November 8, 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The NEOMED Comparative Medicine Unit (CMU) invites you to attend a free webcast sponsored by Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.

Scientists are increasingly finding that factors like age and gender as well as environmental factors such as temperature, different microbiota, time of day/circadian rhythms and even gender of animal handlers are influencing the outcome of their experiments and causing difficulty in reproducing their results. This lively roundtable discussion moderated by Richard Harris of NPR (and author of the recently published book, Rigormortis) discusses specific situations the scientist panelists have encountered in their own work and ways to overcome the challenges. And representatives from the NIH and the publishing world will talk about their efforts to increase transparency when approving grants and reviewing scientific papers.

Panelists will answer audience questions live at the end of the panel discussion, including ones participants can submit during the registration process and via the chat room during the live broadcast.

Moderator: Richard Harris, Science Correspondent, NPR


  • Michael Holtzman, MD, Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Jeffrey Haspel, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Dana Philpott, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Patricia Valdez, PhD, Health Science Policy Analyst & Extramural Research Integrity Officer, National Institutes of Health
  • Michael Lauer*, MD, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health
  • Emilie Marcus*, PhD, CEO, Cell Press
  • Alison Farrell*, PhD, Senior Editor, Nature Medicine, Nature Publishing Group


RSVP to Lora Nicholson at lkn@neomed.edu ASAP if you are interested in attending.

Light refreshments will be provided.


November 8, 2017
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Room C-150