Why research must be reproducible

The lack of reproducibility of a small number of high profile research articles, has alerted the scientific community that interventions are needed to prevent this from becoming a wider issue, one that could undermine the trust into the scientific process.

A year after the Academy’s pivotal report on Reproducibility and reliability of biomedical research, a new website has been launched to bring together collective progress on the issue. This work is a result of collaboration between the Wellcome Trust, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC).

At this critical time, the Academy's President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler, explains why reproducibility of research is so important to medical science, and why the Academy has chosen to work on this issue. 

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