Retraction Watch: “Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked”

3/16/2016 Retraction Watch: “Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:” A confession from John Ioannidis

“John Ioannidis is perhaps best known for a 2005 paper ‘Why Most Published Research Findings Are False.’ One of the most highly cited researchers in the world, Ioannidis, a professor at Stanford, has built a career in the field of meta-research. Earlier this month, he published a heartfelt and provocative essay in the the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology titled ‘Evidence-Based Medicine Has Been Hijacked: A Report to David Sackett.’ In it, he carries on a conversation begun in 2004 with Sackett, who died last May and was widely considered the father of evidence-based medicine. We asked Ioannidis to expand on his comments in the essay, including why he believes he is a ‘failure.’

Retraction Watch: You write that as evidence-based medicine ‘became more influential, it was also hijacked to serve agendas different from what it originally aimed for.’ Can you elaborate?

John Ioannidis: As I describe in the paper, ‘evidence-based medicine’ has become a very common term that is misused and abused by eminence-based experts and conflicted stakeholders who want to support their views and their products, without caring much about the integrity, transparency, and unbiasedness of science.”

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3/15/2016 WBEZ News Chicago “Why Didn’t An Illinois Professor Have To Disclose GMO Funding?”

“In several emails Chassy specifies to his Monsanto contacts that his payments should not be sent directly to him. Instead, Chassy directs them to be sent through the ‘University of Illinois Foundation in support of the biotechnology outreach and education activities of Professor Bruce M. Chassy’….As recently as December, Chassy co-wrote a three-part series on The Huffington Post calling efforts to label GMO ingredients in the American food supply ‘a disaster in waiting.’ In those articles Chassy identified himself simply as ‘Professor Emeritus of Food Science and Human Nutrition, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign’….Professor Bruce Chassy did not disclose his financial relationship with Monsanto on state or university forms aimed at detecting potential conflicts of interest. Documents further show that Chassy and the university directed Monsanto to deposit the payments through the University of Illinois Foundation, a body whose records are shielded from public scrutiny. The foundation also has the ability to take in private money and disburse it to an individual as a “university payment”–exempt from disclosure.”

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Hi, I'm an advocate for integrity in health marketing and in the courts.
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