ACT now: Accuracy, Completeness, and Transparency in health research reporting EQUATOR Network Scientific Symposium October 2012

Guest Blog by Dr Iveta Simera Head of Programme Development at EQUATOR Network

We would like to invite you to the scientific symposium and 4th EQUATOR Annual Lecture organised by the EQUATOR Network and the German Cochrane Centre.  The theme for the symposium is “ACT now: Accuracy, Completeness, and Transparency in health research reporting” and it will be held in Freiburg, Germany from 11-12 October 2012.

The symposium will be of great interest to health research scientists and clinicians, journal editors and peer reviewers, reporting guideline developers, publishers, research funders and other professionals involved in research education, research governance and the publication of medical research.

The focus of the meeting is to:
Highlight critical issues in health research reporting and its wider consequences

Present key findings from relevant scientific research; topics include:

Reporting quality of research studies in all areas of medicine. Common problems in research reporting (e.g. publication bias, selective reporting, inconsistencies between protocol and publication, misinterpretation of research findings). Impact and consequences of poor reporting on systematic reviews and clinical guidelines, clinical practice and patients’ care. Development of robust reporting guidelines. Increasing awareness and knowledge of principles of rigorous research reporting and available guidelines. Implementation of reporting guidelines in journals, and by research and funding organisations. Development and delivery of educational and training programmes on research reporting

Discussions will take place on potential solutions for improvement of health research literature and share experiences.

Speakers include:

Douglas AltmanGerd Antes

Virginia Barbour

Amanda Burls

Iain Chalmers

An-Wen Chan

Luis Gabriel Cuervo

Erik von Elm

Paul Glasziou

Steven Goodman

John IoannidisAna Marusic

Joerg Meerpohl

David Moher

Marcus Muellner

Mark Pitman

Iveta Simera

Elizabeth Wager

Paula Williamson

The EQUATOR Network 4th Annual Lecture will be delivered during the symposium by Professor John Ioannidis, Professor of Medicine, Health Research and Policy, and Statistics at Stanford University. Professor Ioannidis will discuss “Reporting and reproducible research: salvaging the self-correction principle of science” on Friday 12th October at 12 noon.

For more information about the symposium, registration and the 4th EQUATOR annual lecture please visit our website:

Please do come and share your experiences and participate in discussions on how to improve health research reporting!

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