Conference Looks for Ways to Reduce Bias in Obesity Research
August 8, 2012 — Today marked the closing of "Scientific Approaches to Strengthening Research Integrity in Nutrition and Energetics," a two-day conference for scientific experts interesting in increasing integrity in obesity research.The conference, organized by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, was held in Mohunk, New York. Obesity is a growing health crisis, and every expert seems to know how to fix the problem. Unfortunately, many of these "expert" conclusions are not based on fact. The conference looked at the need to go beyond vigilance for financial bias to also be on the watch for white hat bias, which occurs when researchers’ convictions influence the results they report. To view the full program, click here.