Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of California
Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Storer Lecture: Richard Harris

Date: October 25, 2017

Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Contact: Joanna Chiu, jcchiu@ucdavis.edu

Sponsor: UC Davis

Location: UC Davis Student Community Center

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Richard Harris
Richard Harris
National Public Radio (NPR) science correspondent Richard Harris of Washington D.C., author of the newly published book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions,” will target biomedical research issues and propose solutions when he presents a Storer Lecture on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 25 in the UC Davis Student Community Center.

His presentation, “Common Errors that Bedevil Biomedical Research and How to Fix Them,” will take place from 4:10 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the lecture.

“Richard Harris has written a very important and unsettling book based on his careful investigation of the biomedical research enterprise. We can expect an intriguing and thought provoking lecture,” said Mark Winey, distinguished professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and dean of the College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, who is hosting the journalist.

American taxpayers spend $30 billion annually funding biomedical research. “We all rely on biomedical research for new treatments and cures,” Harris says. “But this critical enterprise is not in the best of health itself.  Most experimental treatments fail. One reason is that the underlying research does not hold up to scrutiny. Scientists find that far too often that they are unable to repeat experiments that other researchers have carried out.”

By some estimates, half of the results from these studies can’t be replicated elsewhere—the science is simply wrong, Harris asserts.

See more at http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=25339

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