Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models: A WorkshopInstitute for Laboratory Animal Research
The ability to reproduce an experiment is one important approach that scientists use to gain confidence in their conclusions. Repeated findings that a number of significant peer-reviewed studies are not reproducible has alarmed the scientific community. Research that uses animals and animal models seems to be one of the most susceptible to reproducibility issues.
The National Research Council has appointed a committee of experts to organize and conduct a public workshop to discuss fundamental aspects of experimental design of research using animals and animal models, aimed at improving reproducibility. Invited speakers will provide background and context on how to ensure that animal studies are of sufficient quality and relevance, and described in adequate detail for the findings to provide an evidence base for any decision to proceed into clinical trials or other outcomes of public importance. The event will be webcast.
An individually-authored summary of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.