Question and Answer


Panel 1: Understanding the scientific process: What is the universe of data, what is publication, how are scientific data validated?

a. The scientific process from experimental design to data collection and analysis to publication/peer review. What is meta-analysis? What are its strengths and limitations?

b. The Harvard Six Cities Study. What was the experimental design? What data were collected? What protections of confidentiality were promised to study participants?


David Korn, Senior Vice President for Biomedical and Health Sciences Research, Association of American Medical Colleges


Steven Goodman, Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University

Douglas W. Dockery, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology and Professor of Medicine, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard Medical School


Question and Answer


Break – Great Hall


Panel 2: Public accessibility to research data used in rule making. What is the problem? (Who should have access, and by what process, to data the agency relies on or proposes to rely on, and to data submitted by public and private entities seeking agency consideration? What are the countervailing concerns about permitting access to such data, and what protections must be in place to protect trade secrets, individual privacy, etc.?)


Alan Morrison, Director, Public Citizen Litigation Group


William L. Kovacs, Vice President, Environment, Technology, and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences

William H. Farland, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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