Promoting integrity in science

Town hall talks consider what integrity means and how to encourage more of it.

Eugene Russo(erusso@the-scientist.com)
Oct 13, 2002

WASHINGTON D.C. — Scientists, physicians, policy makers, educators, and concerned citizens examined issues of integrity in scientific research in an Institute of Medicine (IOM ) town meeting on October 10. Discussions focused on the recent IOM report titled "Integrity in Scientific Research: Creating an Environment that Promotes Responsible Conduct," whose authors were present to explain their findings, recommendations and how they might be implemented.

"I'm saddened that after so many years we still need to be raising these issues," said panelist Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), who also expressed concern that a few high-publicity cases of misconduct have damaged the reputation of the scientific enterprise in the eyes of the public. "But I'm heartened," he added, "that the report has done a good job articulating the issue."

Commissioned by the Office of Research Integrity at the Department of Health and Human Services...

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