In search of discontinuity in scientific research
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In search of discontinuity in scientific research

John P.A. Ioannidis is Director of the Prevention Research Center at Stanford University and holds the university’s C.F. Rehnborg Chair in Disease Prevention. Moreover, he’s Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences, one of the two Directors of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford, and a member of Stanford Cancer Institute and Stanford Cardiovascular Institute.

He was born in New York in 1965 and was raised in Athens. He was the best student in his class and won several awards, like the Panhellenic Award of the Hellenic Mathematical Society. He graduated first in his class at the University of Athens Medical School in 1990 and later received his PhD in Biopathology, before studying at Harvard University and Tufts University, where he did a fellowship in internal medicine and infectious disease, then he worked for NIH, Johns Hopkins and Tufts. From 1999 until 2010 he chaired the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology at the University of Ioannina Medical School in Greece, as a tenured professor since 2003.

He has been adjunct faculty for the Tufts University School of Medicine since 1996. From 2008 to 2010, he led the Genetics/Genomics component of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Center for Genetic Epidemiology and Modeling. “I am most thankful for having the opportunity to learn from my interaction with our multidisciplinary team and our many talented collaborators, new and older researchers, and students in particular”, Dr. Ioannidis admits. He has also been adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and visiting professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at Imperial College London.

He is a member of the executive board of the Human Genome Epidemiology Network and senior advisor on knowledge integration at the National Cancer Institute of the United States. He has received several awards including the European Award for Excellence in Clinical Science for 2007 and was elected Honorary Member of the Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH) in 2014.

He is one of the scientists with the most publications worldwide. He became widely known in the universal medical community through his paper on “Why most Published Research Findings are False”, which has been the most-accessed article in the history of Public Library of Science, exceeding 1.2 million hits.

In 2014, he founded the METRICS center at Stanford University, without equal worldwide. METRICS’s mission is to detect lack of information and discontinuity in research published in scientific journals. METRICS fosters multi-disciplinary research collaborations with legal counsels, sociologists and professors of science philosophy. His wife Despina is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases at Stanford University.

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