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21 12 2013


October’s CSAW seminar was given by Hanno Wuerbel, who flew in from Bern for a few days. An old friend of mine, and the former boss (and still current fan) of Alexandra, his visit was a real highlight of this fall. Hanno’s seminar was on the growing body of evidence on metholodogical and statistical problems in animal studies. Mice whose phenotypes modify with lab and handler, researchers who don’t understand stats, and the constant pressure to publish publish publish, have all combined to plague biomedical research with artefacts and non-replicable findings: fascinating and disturbing stuff (for more on his work on these issues click here; and for a good piece in the Economist click here).

A year or so into a prestigious new professorship, and now managing a huge new windfall from the ERC, it was great to spend time with him (we snuck off for Thai food on his last day) and hear how he’s growing into all this well-deserved success. Alexandra hosted a lovely dinner for him too – piccies below (clockwise from Hanno: Carole, me, Tina, Lena, Mike, Walter, Hilary, Michelle and Jamie).

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