How Good is Our Research: A Statistician's View on the Medical Sciences

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Uris Hall,  Columbia Business School

About the Event

“The sole cause and root of almost every defect in the sciences is this: that whilst we falsely admire and extol the powers of the human mind, we do not search for its real helps.”
— Novum Organum: Aphorisms [Book One], 1620, Sir Francis Bacon

David Madigan kicked off the discussion by focusing on research challenges which developed during his clinical medical work with the Observational Health Data Science and Informatics.  He sought to answer the quesition: Does Big Data result in more wisdom?  Dan Goroff  discussed the work he has been heading at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to improve the public verification of research, primarily in economics, and to provide an open access infrastructure to data used in research, such as a sponsored web site that ‘runsyourcode.'


David Madigan
Executive Vice President, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Statistics
Columbia University



Daniel Goroff
Vice President and Program Director
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation