2019 PCRI Symposium

March 29, 2019

Columbia University and NYC Cosponsors hosted another PCRI Symposium on March 29, 2019. This day-long symposium addressed a variety of issues that may affect the scientific enterprise including reproducibility, transparency, and scientific bias, from the perspectives of leading experts, high-profile journal editors, funders, and researchers. Over 300 faculty, researchers, students and administrators were in attendance with 25 different institutions represented.

March 29, 2019 Videos

Introductory Remarks given by G. Michael Purdy (Executive Vice President for Research) and Lee Goldman (Executive Vice President and Dean of Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine)

Session 1: Recognizing Influences and Biases in Research Dr. Brian Nosek (University of Virginia and Center for Open Science) discussed susceptibility to implicit biases and how it may affect the conduct of science, with examples and counter-examples from a variety of disciplines. Introduction and moderation discussion led by Nicholas Lemann (Columbia University) 

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Session 2: Robust Science: Problems and Solutions An interdisciplinary panel discusses the types of bias that may affect the conduct of science and ways to prevent them. Moderator: Dr. Maria Zuber (MIT and former Chair of National Science Board). Panelists: Dr. Brian Nosek, Dr. David Madigan (Columbia University), Dr. Geraldine Richmond (University of Oregon), and Dr. Shai Silberberg (NIH)

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Session 3: "Put the Ph. Back in the Ph.D." and Other Novel Approaches to Scientific Training. Dr. Arturo Casadevall (Johns Hopkins) provides an overview of a new approach to graduate scientific education that focuses on critical thinking, creative problem solving, and rigorous research methodology. Panel discussion follows presentation moderated by Dr. Pamela Smith (Columbia University) and including panelists Dr. Melissa Begg (Columbia University), Dr. Ericka Peterson (Columbia University), and Dr. Anne L. Taylor (Columbia University) in addition to Dr. Casadevall. 

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Session 4: Journal Editor Perspectives on Rigor and Transparency. Dr. Marcia McNutt (President of National Academy of Sciences and former editor of Science) moderates a conversation among journal editors on their perspectives on the role of scientific journals in promoting rigor and transparency. Panelists include Dr. Howard Bauchner (Editor, JAMA), Dr. Veronique Kiermer (Executive Editor, PLOS), and Dr. Meredith LeMasurier (Editorial Director, Nature)

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Session 5: Wrap-up: Observations and Lessons Learned. Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee (Columbia University) leads a roundtable conversation that reflects upon the day’s discussions. Panelists: Dr. Marcia McNutt, Dr. Maria Zuber, and Dr. Pamela Smith

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These videos may be used for training purposes only. Cite as: Columbia University. “A University Symposium: Promoting Credibility, Reproducibility and Integrity in Research.” March 29, 2019, https://research.columbia.edu/PCRI.

Speakers Included: 

Dr. Howard Bauchner (Boston University School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association); Dr. Melissa Begg (Columbia University); Dr. Arturo Casadevall (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health); Dr. Veronique Kiermer (Executive Editor for The Public Library of Science); Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee (Columbia University); Dr. Meredith LeMasurier (Editorial Director, Nature); Dr. Marcia McNutt (President, National Academy of Sciences); Dr. Brian Nosek* (University of Virginia, Center for Open Science); Dr. Shai Silberberg (Director of Research Quality at NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke); Dr. Anne L. Taylor (Columbia University); Dr. Maria Zuber (MIT, former Chair of National Science Board); And more!

* - Keynote Speaker

NYC Cosponsors: City University of New York, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York University, New York University School of Medicine- NYU Langone Medical Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, The Rockefeller University and Weill Cornell Medicine


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