Women in Vision UK (WVUK) attended the 10th Annual WEAVR luncheon sponsored by our NIHR Biomedical Research Centre.
The luncheon took place alongside the 2018 ARVO conference. Dr Emily Chew, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and Clinical Director National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health, gave the keynote lecture focusing on the importance of replication in research. Surprisingly only 7% of studies are reproducible but now grant funding bodies such as the NEI include a section on how a research project will tackle the issue. She also highlighted that non-reproducible studies were often cited many times and so we are potentially spreading “false news!”
The debate followed that scientific journals do not tend to publish negative findings or repetition- it can be perceived as duplication and lower the impact. These factors can perpetuate the issue and editors should consider changes to the way we publish data. In conclusion, it was agreed that we all need to make sure our science is of the highest standards to ensure the best outcomes.
The WVUK table provided members with the opportunity to discuss these pertinent issues as well as consider them in their own practice. Overall, the luncheon was a great opportunity to join our international counterparts to form collaborations and discuss ethical issues that affect each and every one of us.