Under the leadership of Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM), and in partnership with the National Library of Medicine, Research!America co-sponsored a conference titled “Best Practices Of Biomedical Research: Improving Reproducibility and Transparency of Preclinical Research.”
The June 9-10 conference, held in Bethesda, Maryland, brought together researchers and opinion leaders to engage in robust discussions on the challenges of reproducibility as well as dialogue on strategies and practices supporting reproducible research. Six panel discussions also included lively dialogue on data sharing and open science.
Food and Drug Administration commissioner Robert Califf, M.D., spoke on the importance of gathering and sharing data from preclinical research to help shed light on early stage research. Some participants of the conference agreed that it can be difficult to define reproducibility without a common definition. Others suggested that in place of a common definition, an expanded set of terms may help address the challenges of reproducibility. A summary report from the conference will be developed and available through the Friends of the National Library of Medicine. FNLM is a coalition dedicated to increasing public awareness of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library, and to support its many programs in research, education and public service.