Research Reproducibility Conference Coming in November

Reproducibility of research is critical to the advancement of science. Bringing together researchers, students, and administrators at the first Research Reproducibility Conference to start a frank discussion on how institutions can help support research reproducibility and make more research true, we hope to further the dialogue around open science, open data, transparency, and good research practices.

Sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library (EHSL) and the Vice President for Research (VPR) at the University of Utah, the conference will feature prominent speakers and opportunities to explore the concept of reproducibility. Federal representatives, local experts, and journal editors will engage participants through panels and roundtable discussions. Confirmed lecturers include Dr. Hilda Bastian (National Library of Medicine), Dr. John Ioannidis (Stanford University), and Dr. David Moher (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute).

The Priscilla M. Mayden Lecturer: Dr. Hilda Bastian
A long-time consumer advocate in Australia, whose career turned to analyzing evidence, communicating about it, and working to make it more accessible, Hilda Bastian now works at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). She is editor of PubMed-related projects on clinical effectiveness and post-publication evaluation, PubMed Health and PubMed Commons.

The Clifford C. Snyder M.D. & Mary Snyder Lecturer: Dr. John Ioannidis
Currently the C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention at Stanford University, John Ioannidis is Professor of Medicine, and of Health Research and Policy, and Director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the School of Medicine; Professor of Statistics (by courtesy) at the School of Humanities and Sciences; one of the two Directors of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford; and Director of the PhD program in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. The PLoS Medicine paper on “Why Most Published Research Findings are False,” has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science (exceeding 1.5 million hits). The Atlantic selected Ioannidis as the Brave Thinker scientist for 2010 claiming that he “may be one of the most influential scientists alive”.

Featured Speaker: Dr. David Moher
A senior scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair, Dr. David Moher is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Systematic Reviews and serves on the editorial boards of several journals; he is a member of PLoS ONE’s Human Research Advisory Group. One of Dr. Moher’s research foci is journalology (publication science). He spearheaded the development of the CONSORT and PRISMA Statements, and has been involved with several other reporting guideline initiatives. He is leading a program to develop core competencies for medical journal editors.

Following the discussions at the conference, the Center for Open Science and EHSL are hosting free, practical, hands-on workshops to create more rigorous, open, impactful, and reproducible research. These workshops are open to any researcher including students, faculty, and staff and does not require any specialized knowledge of programming. Please choose the workshop that best suits your needs as space is limited.

Registration is open now for both the conference and the workshop. Explore the program here and download the informational flyers here. Travel and hotel information can be found here. All other questions are on the FAQ page. Announcements are posted on our blog, the weekly VPR Research Updates, and our social media channels. The conference twitter hashtags are #UtahRR16 #MakeResearchTrue. If you have any questions, please email

CME: The Research Reproducibility Conference and Workshop have been approved by The University of Utah School of Medicine for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

by: Shirley Zhao, Research Associate, Education & Research on behalf of the Research Reproducibility Conference Committee