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TRUSTING SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE: CAN WE BELIEVE WHAT WE READ?

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Join Prof Marcel Van Assen and Dr Geoffrey Webb, expertsin the field of scientific misconduct and reproducibility, to understand the consequences of questionable research practises and fraud in science.

Marcel van Assen (1972) is currently employed at the department of Methodology and Statistics of Tilburg University, and is professor by special appointment at the Department of Sociology of Utrecht University, where he holds the endowed chair "Mathematical Sociology"​. He has about hundred peer-reviewed publications on the a diverse range of topics, including: meta-analysis, publication bias, game theory, social networks, decision making, social dilemmas, exchange, research misconduct, errors with statistics, replication, psychometrics, perception, and frailty. He is senior member of the meta-research institute at Tilburg University (https://metaresearch.nl), and his current focus is on meta-analysis, and assessing and improving research practices.

Dr Geoffrey P Webb took his BSc and PhD in Physiology and Biochemistry at Southampton University and have an MSc in Human Nutrition from King’s College, London. He did bench research on vitamin D, obesity and diabetes working with animal models of rickets, obesity and type 1 diabetes up until the late 1980s. His group showed that the hypothermia of ob/ob mice was an adaptive response to perceived starvation (torpor) rather than due to a “thermogenic defect” which was widely believed at the time (the brown fat theory of obesity). Since then he has focused on researching and writing books and academic/educational reviews. He has written several books including: Nutrition: maintaining and improving health(4thedition), Taylor and Francis published in 2012; Teach YourselfWeight Control (1998 & 2003), Hodder & Stoughton; Dietary Supplements and Functional Foods, Wiley-Blackwell (2006 & 2011). He wrote a monthly “nutrition and health” column for a local newspaper for three years and was on the editorial board of the British Journal of Nutrition for about eight years. He has spent most of his academic career at the University of East London and was a visiting professor at the University of North Florida in 1992. He writes regularly on his blog https://drgeoffnutrition.wordpress.com/about topics in the areas of nutrition and public health, research methods in the biomedical sciences, major research errors and scientific fraud. He has produced an unpublished manuscript of a large book with a working title “Error and Fraud; the Dark Side of Biological and Medical Research”. Much of this book has been released onto his blog including about 20 case-studies of major cases of research fraud.


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