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BMJ editor-in-chief's lecture on sloppy science

BMJ editor-in-chief's lecture on sloppy science

Photographer:Fotograaf: Magda Rakita

MAASTRICHT. It is the first time that an editor-in-chief of a top scientific journal is appointed as a professor at the UM. Fiona Godlee, from BMJ (British Medical Journal), will give her inaugural speech ‘Better evidence for better health’, next week.

In her lecture, Godlee - who is also a GP - discusses the weaknesses in medical research, including data manipulation and publication bias [the distortion in professional literature because ‘positive’ research is published more often]. The journals, according to the editor-in-chief, are part of the problem rather than the solution. This is followed by the impact of shortcomings and the cultural change that is required.

In a previous interview with Observant, Godlee suggested that all research should first be published in open databases, where scientists as well as businesses could give comments. Only after that should journals write about the studies that gained most praise.

The chair was founded by the national research school CaRe, to which the Maastricht Caphri institute is connected. Godlee will give a presentation or a master class at one of the CaRe institutes (in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Nijmegen, or Maastricht) twice a year. CaRe carries out research into primary health care and public health.

The lecture by BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee is on Friday 19 May, 16:30hrs, in the MBB auditorium; attendance is free

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