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Improving Biomedical Research Practice

11.04.2018, Berlin | The reproducibility and robustness of biomedical research have been called into question in both the scientific and the lay press. As meta-research studies have shown, procedures aimed at ensuring research quality have only had limited success. In response to what has been called the “reproducibility crisis,” institutions and granting agencies have begun to implement changes in how biomedical research activity is rewarded and funded. Through a qualitative study, the psychologist Robert Nadon, a professor at McGill University in Montréal, Canada, wants to gain a better understanding of what motivates biomedical researchers and how they perceive their own research practice.

Furthermore the study aims to gain a better understanding of how different stakeholders view these ongoing reforms. The goal of the project is to move toward a consensus of how to support robust research practices effectively while also avoiding unintended negative consequences. To this end, Professor Nadons conducts approx. 40 semi-structured in-depth interviews with researchers, statisticians, PhD students, and administrative as well as governance key opinion leaders at the Charité, the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, and the Berlin Institute of Health.

The project is a collaboration between Prof. Nadon (Principle Investigator), Associate Professor, Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, Montreal, the QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and is co-funded by the Schering Stiftung. Prof. Nadon is a Visiting Fellow of the QUEST Center.

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