Research Quality

NeuRA has initiated a review of research reproducibility and quality and has established a formal Research Reproducibility & Quality Committee for this.
The members of the committee include both junior and senior scientists at NeuRA.

They are:

  • Mr Andrew Affleck
  • Prof Kaarin Anstey
  • Dr Annie Butler
  • Dr Andrew Cartwright
  • Mr Aidan Cashin
  • A/Prof Kim Delbaere
  • Dr Michael Green
  • Dr Martin Héroux
  • Prof Stephen Lord
  • A/Prof James McAuley
  • Prof Simon Gandevia (convenor)

There is a growing recognition that reproducibility of scientific results is not as robust as previously accepted.  This has wide implications for all forms of research, but especially health and medical research. Initiatives have been undertaken in the United Kingdom (e.g. by the Academy of Medical Sciences, Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council) and in the USA (e.g. by the National Institutes of Health) to address the reproducibility and quality of research.

The Committee is investigating the state of work on reproducibility and quality at different levels within Australia and overseas. It is aiming to propose measures that drive improvements in clinical and non-clinical medical research by NeuRA staff and thereby enhance NeuRA’s reputation as a research organisation. For example, it is considering strategies to increase awareness of its scientists about research reproducibility and quality.  In addition, the Committee will be developing recommendations and procedures which would improve the quality of research at NeuRA.

The Committee is happy to receive comments on this broad topic.  Please send it to Simon Gandevia  The Committee hopes to finalise its recommendations before the end of the year.