MBBS Curriculum 2020

Scientific Ecosystems and Research Reproducibility

20 March 2018 - 13:00-14:30

LectureMarcus Munafò, University of Bristol.

Classroom 6, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus


There have been a number of high profile cases of academic fraud, but a more insidious threat to the integrity of science is the extent to which distortions of scientific best practice increases the likelihood that published research findings are in fact false. There is growing evidence for a range of systemic problems within science, such as flexibility in the analysis of data, selective reporting of study results, publication bias against null results, influence of vested (e.g., financial) interests, and distorted incentive structures. A number of strategies for improving the situation will be discussed.

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