Meet the Expert VIII

Prof. John P.A. Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc.

Knowledge is Truth?

Generating Medical Evidence in a Digital Age


Professor John Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc. from Stanford University shared his insights regarding the generation of medical evidence and present his research leading to his comprehensive methodological critique, which has made him one of the most cited and influential scientists worldwide. Together with the participants of this exclusive workshop, he highlighted the problems and shortcomings of the traditional methods, discussed modern alternatives which present themselves in light of the new possibilities to generate and use vast amounts of data, and debated the chances and challenges of their integration and transformation into modern health care.


30. August 2018


10:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm


ceres lecture room
Universität zu Köln
Universitätsstr. 91, 1. OG
50931 Köln

The Expert

John P. A. Ioannidis is a Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine and a Professor of Statistics at Stanford University School of Humanities and Sciences. He is director of the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and co-director, along with Steven N. Goodman, of the Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS).He is also the editor-in-chief of the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. He was chairman at the Department of Hygiene and Epidemiology, University of Ioannina School of Medicine as well as adjunct professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. 

He is best known for his research and published papers on scientific studies, particularly the 2005 paper "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False". Ioannidis is one of the most-cited scientists across the scientific literature, especially in the fields of clinical medicine and social sciences, according to Thomson Reuters' Highly Cited Researchers 2015.

Born in New York City in 1965, Ioannidis was raised in Athens, Greece. He was Valedictorian of his class at Athens College, graduating in 1984, and won a number of awards, including the National Award of the Greek Mathematical Society. He also graduated in the top rank of his class 

at the University of Athens Medical School, then attended Harvard University for his medical residency in internal medicine. He did a fellowship at Tufts University for infectious disease and came to Stanford in 2010.

How to Register

Meet the Expert is open to students, young researchers and professors. To ensure an in-depth exchange, the number of participants will be limited to 20 people.
If you are interested in participating in the upcoming Meet the expert venue on “Knowledge is Truth?”, chaired by Prof. John Ioannidis, please be so kind as to provide us with a short and informative motivational letter (up to 250 words) until August 27th via our registration form.