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Science Friction: What’s Slowing Progress in Biomedical Research

October 22, 2021 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Friday, October 22, 2021 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

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Meeting ID: 85341680924

Passcode: 684493

Call: 669-900-6833‬

While the fast and efficient development of the COVID-19 vaccines has placed the research field in a very positive and prominent light, things have not been as rosy for research for other diseases. In fact, progress in discovering new drugs for diseases has slowed in the last few decades, and billions of research dollars have been wasted. Much of this can be attributed to perverse incentives that discourage scientists from doing the most careful work. Some short-cuts save money or time for the researcher in the short term, but compromise whole research foundations in the long term. Many published studies can’t be reproduced in other labs or sites. The presenter will discuss why rigor and reproducibility in scientific research is so important – and some considerations for all researchers who want to perform well in their crafts. 

Speaker’s Bio: Richard Harris was a science correspondent at National Public Radio for 35 years. In 2015 he took a break from daily journalism to write a book, Rigor Mortis, which focuses on the challenges facing biomedical research — and what can be done to improve the process. Richard stepped away from daily journalism in June but remains active in science writing, including as treasurer of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.


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Hackensack Meridian Health is accredited by the Medical Society of New Jersey to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Hackensack Meridian Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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