Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research
The INSERM-Sorbonne Paris Cite Epidemiology and Statistics Research Centre in collaboration with the EQUATOR Network held a highly informative one-day scientific meeting in Paris on 16 May 2014. Focusing on improving reporting to decrease the waste of research, the speakers included key scientists, opinion leaders, editors and research funders who provided a thought-provoking overview of issues relating to the reporting of different types of research studies (including animal, observational, genetic and prognostic and diagnostic studies) and an insight into the views of an editor, charity funder and academic funder on improving research reporting.
During the meeting the EQUATOR French, EQUATOR Canada and EQUATOR UK Centres were offically launched. The new centres will focus on national activities to raise awareness of and promote reporting guidelines and good research reporting practices amongst health professionals and researchers based locally. Each centre will also contribute to the work of the EQUATOR Network as a whole, with the Network focusing specifically on global issues.
The 6th EQUATOR Annual Lecture was also delivered by Dr Drummond Rennie, Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of California San Francisco and until recently Deputy Editor (West), JAMA who spoke about the radical changes to science communication and publishing that has taken place over the last 4 decades, illustrated by examples and anecdotes from his experiences first as a clinician and researcher and then later as an editor.
Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this very successful day.
The presentation slides and video recordings will be posted on the EQUATOR website very soon.
In a previous post detailing my time with the EQUATOR Network, I spoke about my work on the STrengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement. STROBE is one of the original “core” reporting guidelines which provides guidance...