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Kate Button from the University of Bristol’s Centre for Academic Primary Care gave a talk on the key issues with the current model of research methods at the symposium on the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research hosted by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Wellcome Trust, MRC and BBSRC on 1-2 April 2015 in London.

Improving the reproducibility and reliability of pre clinical biomedical research

The symposium explored the challenges and opportunities for improving the reproducibility and reliability of pre-clinical biomedical research in the UK.  The meeting was attended by key stakeholders, including journal editors (e.g., Prof Richard Horton, the Lancet, Dr Theodora Bloom, BMJ), funders (e.g. BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome, NSF (USA), CHDI Foundation, Royal society), journalists (e.g. Dr Ian Sample, Guardian), industry (e.g., GlaxoSmithKline) as well as academics.

As a SPCR post-doctoral fellow working at the interface between applied and basic research, I gave examples of the strides taken in clinical trials and evidence synthesis as best-practice, and discussed how these might inform improvement in other biomedical domains” 
- Dr Kate Button