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Addressing the reproducibility problem in research: Challenges and future prospects
Organizers: Organizers: Annesha Sil, University of Aberdeen, UK
Description: Reproducibility in research, or the lack of thereof, is proving to be a huge problem in many fields of the biomedical sciences including behavioural research, making the leap from bench to bedside extremely challenging. A Nature survey of nearly 1600 researchers in 2016 found that more than 70% of those researchers surveyed failed to reproduce another scientist’s work while more than 50% couldn’t reproduce their own work. As a result, the development of new medicines has slowed dramatically in the last 10 years, with the number of drugs in development down by nearly 70% since 2005. Furthermore, according to Freedman et.al , nearly 50% of the total expenditure on preclinical research in the US proved to be on irreproducible research, which constitutes an economic burden on already diminishing funding for the sciences.
This symposia will attempt to address this extremely topical problem currently plaguing preclinical research by combining various perspectives from a diverse panel of researchers—both early career as well as established investigators studying both animal and human behaviour, many of whom are part of international consortia looking at reproducibility of research. It will delve into exploring what factors influence reproducibility, our current attempts at addressing this crisis, and what more we can do as scientists to combat this pertinent and important crisis plaguing science and research.