A Visionary Resource for Instilling Fundamental Principles of Rigorous Neuroscience Research Workshop

A Visionary Resource for Instilling Fundamental Principles of Rigorous Neuroscience Research Workshop

October 22, 2018
October 23, 2018

Contact: 

Devon Crawford

Contact Number: 

301-496-1917

Contact Email: 

devon.crawford@nih.gov

Location: 

Natcher Conference Center
Bethesda, MD 20894

Event Description: 

A Visionary Resource for Instilling Fundamental Principles of Rigorous Neuroscience Research workshop will be held in Bethesda Maryland on October 22-23, 2018.

Numerous publications have called for more rigorous biomedical studies and for better reporting of study design, execution, analysis, and interpretation; however, many projects still fall short with respect to rigor and reporting. One potential contributing factor to this issue may be a lack of formal training for scientists in the fundamental principles of performing and reporting rigorous research. Consequently, the lack of rigorous experimental design and analysis impedes the progress of science and research attempting to reduce the burden of disease.

We at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) hold the viewpoint that an inspiring platform should (1) make use of effective educational techniques; (2) be upgradable; (3) focus on fundamental principles that apply regardless of field or career stage; (4) emphasize why procedures need done, not just how they are done; and (5) be driven by the scientific community.

This meeting will bring together subject matter experts capable of evaluating current educational practices used to impart knowledge about fundamental principles of rigorous research. The workshop will explore (1) lessons learned from past efforts, (2) recommendations for a new educational resource, and (3) specific topics comprising the fundamental principles of rigorous research.

The immediate goal of the workshop will be to identify key elements necessary for teaching fundamental principles of rigorous research and for building an educational resource that could be widely implemented. The long-term goal of the workshop is to facilitate adequate education in the fundamental principles of rigorous research, which will improve the quality of biomedical research practices.

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