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Expert on 'study of studies' to head Stanford Prevention Research Center

ioannidis.jpgWe often hear news reports about the latest scientific research, but just how reliable are those findings? John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, has devoted much of his career to strengthening the way that research is planned, carried out and reported. And now he is bringing that expertise to Stanford.

On Sept. 1, Ioannidis will take over as division chief of the Stanford Prevention Research Center - an organization renowned for its work in identifying ways that individuals can control and prevent such disorders as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

Ioannidis, an expert in clinical research methodology, said he hopes to expand the Stanford center's collaborations with geneticists, biostatisticians and epidemiologists to develop both population-based and personalized approaches to health improvement.

Ioannidis is perhaps best-known for his 2005 essay in PLoS-Medicine titled, “Why most published research findings are false.” The essay remains the most-downloaded article in the history of the Public Library of Science, according to the journal’s media relations office.

Photo by Jonathan Rabinovitz

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