Washington D.C., 14 February 2020 (PAHO) – Representatives from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) participated in the 2020 Annual Biomedical Transparency Summit, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, on 24 January, Washington DC.
The Summit convenes leaders from the research and research reporting ecosystems to advance major transparency aspects in biomedical research, with the ultimate goal of reducing funding wastage and increasing patient safety. Leading journal editors and publishers, research funders and sponsors, policymakers, delegates from international collaborations, technology developers, academia, and other leaders from the field participated in the Summit.
The Center for Biomedical Research Transparency (CBMRT) was established to promote greater transparency in biomedical research practices, facilitating higher publication rates of inconclusive results and studies showing that an intervention is ineffective or harmful. This enables providing a balanced understanding of the benefits and harms of interventions and minimizes biases. CBMRT is a not-for-profit organization, and its main activities include providing support for the ‘Null Hypothesis’ project (special edition journals that create space for high quality negative, inconclusive and replicative results), the Biomedical Transparency Summit series, and the international Ambassador Network.
Both PAHO’s Policy on Research for Health (CD49/10, 2009) for Health and WHO’s Strategy on Research for Health (2012) call for research transparency. The CBMRT is a forum to advance this field and to expand cooperation. PAHO’s Senior Advisor on Research for Health sits in CBMRTs Scientific Advisory Committee and participated in the Summit and preliminary meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board.