Rigor & Transparency

Rigor & Transparency at NINDS

Experimental and analytical rigor, measures to reduce bias, and transparency of reporting are the foundations for quality scientific research. Attention to principles of good study design and transparent reporting are essential to enable the scientific community as well as the community at large to assess the value of scientific findings. This is also important for peer reviewers to properly advise NINDS on grant applications. Recently NINDS and NIH have been promoting efforts to improve transparency in scientific reporting.

Upcoming NINDS Workshop: 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. 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 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.

For more information, including the updated agenda and registration information, please visit the workshop website.

Seating is limited, but this workshop will also be videocast live on NIH's website. Please follow these links to watch Day 1 or Day 2 of the workshop.

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