Catalyzing communities of research rigour champions

Audrey C. Brumback, William X.Q. Ngiam, Dana M. Lapato, David B. Allison, Christin L. Daniels, Michael Dougherty, Haley F. Hazlett, Kara L. Kerr, Susan Pusek, Naomi Schrag, Mathew Abrams, Eryn Adams, David B. Allison, Juan Pablo Alperin, Gundula Bosch, Audrey Brumback, Damon Centola, Lique Coolen, April Clyburne-Sherin, Jennifer CrokerSophia Crüwell, Christin Daniels, Michaela Debolt, Ulrich Dirnagl, Michael Dougherty, Timothy Errington, Maryrose Franko, Anna Hatch, Kari Jordan, Kara Kerr, Halil Kilicoglu, Konrad Kording, Dana Lapato, Carole Lee, Daniella Lowenberg, Rebecca Lundwall, Malcolm MacLeod, Carmen Maldonaldo-Vlaar, Marcus Munafo, Alexandra Nelson, Nicole Nelson, William Ngiam, Sarah Nusser, Roger Peng, Jessica Polka, Russell Poldrack, Ishwar Puri, Susan Pusek, Pradeep Reedy Raamana, Pamela Reinagel, Melissa Rethlefsen, Jason Ritt, Joseph Ross, Karen Salt, Naomi Schrag, Thomas Steckler, Tracey Weissgerber, Alonzo Whyte, Jason Williams, Hao Ye

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The biomedical sciences must maintain and enhance a research culture that prioritizes rigour and transparency. The US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke convened a workshop entitled 'Catalyzing Communities of Research Rigor Champions' that brought together a diverse group of leaders in promoting research rigour and transparency (identified as 'rigour champions') to discuss strategies, barriers and resources for catalyzing technical, cultural and educational changes in the biomedical sciences. This article summarizes 2 days of panels and discussions and provides an overview of critical barriers to research rigour, perspectives behind reform initiatives and considerations for stakeholders across science. Additionally, we describe applications of network science to foster, maintain and expand cultural changes related to scientific rigour and opportunities to embed rigourous practices into didactic courses, training experiences and degree programme requirements. We hope this piece provides a primer for the wider research community on current discussions and actions and inspires individuals to build, join or expand collaborative networks within their own institutions that prioritize rigourous research practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberfcae120
JournalBrain Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2024


  • open science
  • reproducibility
  • scientific rigour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry


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