Data Hunt! Outing a fraudster using statistics

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Tuesday 20 October 2015, 04:00pm - 05:00pm

Location MEDCHI room, Polwarth Building, University of Aberdeen, Foresterhill site

Dealing with doubts about data - a case study of a prolific author

Dr Andrew Grey, Associate Professor, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Andrew Grey, together with Mark Bolland, Ian Reid and Greg Gamble from the University of Auckland, have collaborated with Alison Avenell, University of Aberdeen, on systematic reviews of vitamin D supplementation. These methods threw up some unexpected questions about the data and research integrity. Andrew will talk about our investigation of one exceptionally prolific author, whose results were just too good to be true. He will discuss statistical and other techniques we used to examine the publications, and the ongoing saga of investigations by the journals involved.

Impact of such activities on the wider evidence

Fiona Stewart, University of Aberdeen, will also talk briefly about the methods used to assess the impact of this author’s publications on the wider evidence base, through citations in reviews and guidelines, and the potentially far-reaching consequences of questionable research findings. 

Refreshments from 3.30pm

Organiser Name Lorna Aucott

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