Professor David Vaux, Deputy Director and Joint Division Head, Cell Signalling and Cell Death, WEHI
Science is knowledge gained through repeated observation or experiment. It is communicated through publication of papers in journals. Science can only flourish if its results are reproducible, journals maintain minimal standards, and papers are read critically. The talk will provide some suggestions of how to present data for publication, and what to look for when assessing papers by others. It will be illustrated by numerous examples of papers by high profile researchers in prestigious journals that would only have had some value had they been printed on absorbent paper with perforated pages.
David Vaux is Deputy Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). He graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne, and then completed a PhD at WEHI before spending 3 years as a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford. He returned to the WEHI in 1993. His research field is cell death (apoptosis). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and is on the Board of the Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent of Retraction Watch.