RSS Highlands Local Group: Reducing Research Waste: the Initiatives versus the Reality

Date: Wednesday 01 June 2022, 4.00PM - 5.00PM
Location: Hybrid
Room 3:052, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, University of Aberdeen OR register for Teams attendance
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Research waste emanates throughout the whole research process, from generating inappropriate research questions to published reports of research findings that are biased and unusable. In this talk Jamie will provide some examples of research waste, demonstrate some of the biases that exist and explore some of the potential statistical and non-statistical solutions to these problems across a spectrum of different healthcare settings. To introduce the problem, Jamie will provide a reference to Sir Alex Ferguson (Aberdeen FC’s most successful manager?) as a footballing analogy to the problem that we face. The talk also highlights how these ‘solutions’ may also be a generator of additional research waste and makes suggestions on some of the steps that we could consider to help mitigate against this problem. 
 
The Royal Statistical Society Highlands Local Group are pleased to announce that Jamie Kirkham, Professor of Biostatistics from the University of Manchester, will deliver a talk on ‘Reducing Research Waste: the Initiatives versus the Reality’ on Wednesday 1st June 2022. This is a hybrid event so you can either join us in Room 3:052, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, University of Aberdeen, or register for online (Teams) attendance.
 
Details including a short summary and bio are below:
 
Date: Wednesday 1st June 2022
Speaker: Prof Jamie Kirkham, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care, University of Manchester
Time: 4pm 
Venue/Registration: Room 3:052, Polwarth Building, Foresterhill, University of Aberdeen OR register for Teams attendance
Title: Reducing Research Waste: the Initiatives versus the Reality
 
Summary: Research waste emanates throughout the whole research process, from generating inappropriate research questions to published reports of research findings that are biased and unusable. In this talk we will provide some examples of research waste, demonstrate some of the biases that exist and explore some of the potential statistical and non-statistical solutions to these problems across a spectrum of different healthcare settings. To introduce the problem, we will provide a reference to Sir Alex Ferguson (Aberdeen FC’s most successful manager?) as a footballing analogy to the problem that we face. The talk also highlights how these ‘solutions’ may also be a generator of additional research waste and makes suggestions on some of the steps that we could consider to help mitigate against this problem. 
 
 
 
 
Prof Jamie Kirkham, Division of Population Health, Health Services Research & Primary Care, University of Manchester; https://www.research.manchester.ac.uk/portal/jamie.kirkham.html 

Bio: Jamie Kirkham is a Professor and Centre Lead for Biostatistics at The University of Manchester. In May 2022, he will take on the role as the Head of Division for Population Health, Health Services Research and Primary Care.  His research focuses on statistical and methodological research for clinical trials and systematic reviews. He has expertise in outcomes based research, particularly in the field of core outcome set (COS) development and outcome reporting in clinical trials.  He is also interested in study misconduct, associated biases and the potential impact these failings have on evidence-based decision-making, when important outcomes from studies are not measured or selectively reported. Jamie is also a statistical editor for The BMJ.
 
RSS Highlands Local Group Secretary: David McLernon,
 
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