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Scientific Approaches to Strengthening Research Integrity in Nutrition and Energetics

Attendance:    Space is limited.  If interested in attending email David B. Allison, PhD,   
Dates:    Tuesday, August 7 – Wednesday, August 8, 2012   
Location:    Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road
New Paltz, New York, 12561   
Overview:    Nutrition and obesity remain some of the most interesting and yet controversial topics in biomedical research. Many groups have "stakes" in the game, many people have strong philosophical predilections and beliefs, and the public has a thirst for information in this area. Because of this, there is a cacophony of voices on these topics, and it is sometimes difficult to separate the sensible and empirically validated information from opinion, conjecture, and patent nonsense. Science is our best tool to make such essential discriminations, but to use science for this requires that we have a research record that is made public with the utmost fidelity. Unfortunately, it is clear that extra-scientific biases exist that influence both which studies get reported and how they get reported in primary journal articles, in press releases, in the mass media, and in secondary citations in literature reviews. We now must go beyond recognizing that such biases exist to developing procedures grounded in science that minimize the influence of those biases to the greatest extent possible.   
David Allison, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham      Kristi Crowe, PhD, RD, LD
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa   

Schedule of Events: Agenda

August 7
2012    8:30 - 8:35    David B. Allison, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham    Announcements/Business   
I. Overview   
8:35 - 9:05    David B. Allison, PhD    Overview   
II. Disclosure & Publication Bias   
9:05 - 9:10    K. Brad Wray, PhD, SUNY Oswego    Overview by Moderator [ PDF File]   
9:10 - 9:40    Dennis Bier, M.D., Baylor College of Medicine    How well is disclosure done, what are its effects, and why we need a uniform system?   
9:40 - 10:10    Christopher Borgert, PhD, Applied Pharmacology & Toxicology, Inc.    Why disclosure is insufficient to assure research integrity [ PDF File]   
10:10 - 10:40    Kerry Dwan, PhD, University of Liverpool    Publication and reporting biases   
10:40 - 11:30    All speakers led by Moderator    Panel Discussion   
11:30 - 1:00    Lunch   
III. Fidelity in Analysis and Research Reporting: Assessment of the Current State   
1:00 - 1:05    P. K. Newby, ScD, MPH, MS, Boston University School of Medicine    Overview by Moderator [ PDF File]   
1:05 - 1:35    Lehana Thabane, PhD, McMaster University    Adherence to reporting standards in the clinical literature [ PDF File]   
1:35 - 2:05    Bisakha Sen, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham    Bias/accuracy in reporting results in studies on neighborhood & physical activity/obesity [ PDF File]   
2:05 - 2:15    Break   
2:25 - 2:55    Mark B. Cope, PhD, Solae, LLC    Evidence regarding the potential influences of non-financial biases [ PDF File]   
2:55 - 3:25    S. Robert Lichter, PhD, Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University    Fidelity of communications from scientists, their institutions, and journals to the media.   
3:25 - 3:55    Sylvia Rowe, President, SR Strategy, LLC    Evidence on the accuracy and integrity of science reporting in the mass media [ PDF File]   
3:55 - 4:25    Katherine McComas, PhD, Cornell    Public understanding and trust of biomedical research [ PDF File]   
4:25 - 4:55    Douglas Weed, MD, PhD, DLW Consulting Services, LLC    How do we make the process of conclusion making from the 'totality of the evidence' objective and observable?   
4:55 - 5:25    All speakers led by Moderator    Panel Discussion   
August 8
2012    8:00 - 8:05    David B. Allison, Ph.D., University of Alabama at Birmingham    Announcements/Business   
IV. Research Integrity in Analysis Reporting   
8:05 - 8:10    Nikhil Dhurandhar, MD, PhD, Pennington Biomedical Research Center    Overview by Moderator [ PDF File]   
8:10 - 8:45    Dominik Alexander PhD, MSPH, Exponent, Inc.    How to improve the research integrity of meta-analyses and systematic reviews   
8:45 - 9:20    Mark S. Frankel, PhD,American Association for the Advancement of Science    Evaluating strengths and weaknesses in current policies for promoting research integrity [ PDF File]   
9:20 - 9:55    Donald F. Klein, MD, Columbia University    The role of clinical trial registries   
9:55 - 10:25    All speakers led by Moderator    Panel Discussion   
10:25 - 10:45    Break   
10:45 - 10:50    Richard Atkinson Jr. MD, Virginia Commonwealth University    Overview by Moderator [ PDF File]   
10:50 - 11:20    Kevin Coombes, PhD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center    The need for publically verifiable/reproducible data and analyses [ PDF File]   
11:20 - 11:50    David B. Allison, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham    Making data publically available: benefits, challenges, and suggestions [ PDF File]   
11:50 - 1:05    Lunch   
1:05 - 1:10    Peter Temes, PhD, I L O Institute    Overview by Moderator   
1:10 - 1:40    Mary D. Scheetz, PhD, Research Integrity Consulting, LLC    The role of journals in promoting research integrity [ PDF File]   
1:40 - 2:10    David B. Resnik, JD, PhD, National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences    The role of universities in fostering research integrity [ PDF File]   
2:10- 2:40    Led by Moderator    Panel Discussion   
2:40 - 3:15    David B. Allison, PhD & Kristi Michele Crowe PhD RD    Discussion of publication plans and possible outlets   
3:15 - 3:30    David Allison, PhD    Closing Remarks   

Contact Information:

Logistics: Jeff Allison
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nutrition Obesity Research Center
1700 University Boulevard, LHL 454
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 975-9675
Fax: (205) 975-7560
Logistics: Richard F. Sarver
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Office of Energetics UAB SOPH Dean's office
1700 University Boulevard, LHL 452
Phone: (205) 975-9169
Fax: (205) 975-7560
Email:      Scientific: David B. Allison, Ph.D.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1665 University Blvd, RPHB 420C
Birmingham, AL 35294-0022
Phone: (205) 975-9169

Funded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and made possible by an unrestricted gift from The Coca-Cola Company.


Nutrition Obesity Research Center,
University of Alabama at Birmingham   

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