Colloquium: Research and reproducibility: messages from Charles Darwin



Medische Faculteit - A311

Research and reproducibility: messages from Charles Darwin

Prof. Simon Gandevia

Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences



This lecture tackles the major issues surrounding research quality and reproducibility from a lateral perspective. First, I will expose some of the limits to our rational thinking. Second, I will reveal what Charles Darwin, of Origin of Species… fame, knew about the many, now well known, irrepressible errors of scientific thinking. Finally, I will cover some problems concerned with reproducibility and quality in neuroscience using our studies of non-invasive brain stimulation.

About Simon Gandevia

Simon GandeviaProfessor Simon Gandevia (PhD, MD, DSc) is Deputy Director of Neuroscience Research Australia in Sydney and an NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow. He studied medicine at the University of New South Wales and subsequently conducted research in clinical neurophysiology at the Prince Henry Hospital.  In 1992, he established the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute (now Neuroscience Research Australia). 

His research on volunteers and patients focuses on four areas: proprioceptive mechanisms, human motor control and muscle fatigue, neural control of breathing, and the passive behaviour of muscles.  He writes on research ethics and quality.  He has published more than a hundred papers in the Journal of Physiology.  He has had longstanding editorial roles with the Journal of Physiology and Journal of Applied Physiology.  He currently heads an NHMRC program on ‘Motor Impairment’. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1998 and the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences in 2016.

This colloquium is organized by the department of Human Movement Sciences in collaboration with the research institute Amsterdam Movement Sciences.