Reproducible Research

2018 Trainee Symposium
"Do it Again: How to Achieve Rigorously Reproducible Research "
(Sponsored by the Trainee Advisory Committee)


Date:   Sunday, April 21, 2018
           Monday, April 22, 2018
           Tuesday, April 23, 2018  

Time:7:00 – 8:00 AM

Location: San Diego Convention Center, Room 25A



Ryan Downey, Ph.D., Georgetown University
Ijeoma Obi, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Scientific progress relies on experiments being rigorously designed and conducted in a manner that is reproducible by other scientists. In response to the growing awareness concerning the need for science to meet these criteria, the NIH introduced a new initiative to improve reproducibility and transparency in late 2013. Accordingly, new policies and guidelines have been implemented in pursuit of this goal. Despite informational resources disseminated by the NIH and societies such as the American Physiological Society, researchers and trainees are still asking, How can I make my data more rigorous and reproducible as well as fulfill the new NIH guidelines required for grant submissions?

To address this question, this trainee symposium will feature four speakers delivering critical points and considerations on topics that trainees and established scientists can immediately apply in their current research to increase the rigor and reproducibility of their experiments. Each speaker will address a key topic including: 1) Experimental Design, 2) Data Recording and Analysis, 3) Publishing and Results, and 4) Data Management and Storage. To this end, speakers are experts in both identifying reproducibility problems in science and creating programs and policy to improve scientific rigor. Each speaker will give a 15-minute presentation followed by a short period for questions. Following all presentations, a panel discussion with all speakers will be conducted to address any additional questions.




  • Enhancing the Value of Research Findings: Ongoing Activities at NIH and Beyond
    Shai Silberberg, Ph.D., NINDS/NIH
  • Building Bridges: Learning to Work Effectively with Regulatory Committees
    Bill Yates, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Practical Applications of Rigor and Reproducibility in the Laboratory
    Sean Stocker, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Publishing Reproducible Research: Ensuring that Editors, Reviewers, and Readers Have Confidence in your Findings
    Kim Barrett, Ph.D., University of California San Diego School of Medicine


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