The laboratory of Andrew Balas wants to understand how groundbreaking discoveries arise from the most productive biomedical research laboratories and how more discoveries can benefit public health. At a time when more than half of published research turns out to be either uninformative or non-reproducible, there is a great societal need to gain insight into the origins of reproducible scientific discoveries that transform public health. Current data science and meta studies include, among others, identifying best research practices of Nobel Laureates and other high impact scientists; developing methods to prevent research errors and ineffectiveness in the laboratory, and designing evidence-based organizational strategies to increase practically impactful innovation. Through a variety of research projects, his Biomedical Research Innovation Laboratory promotes the scientific method, research quality and productivity improvement, evidence-based decisions, critical thinking, and constructive dialogue.
We study best practices, like Nobel Laureates and rapidly expanding research universities and we study research defects and the ways we can avoid them.
The Wiley book titled Innovative Research in Life Sciences: Pathways to Scientific Impact, Public Health Improvement, and Economic Progress explores the creative processes from vague research ideas to valuable innovation. By drawing on lessons from hundreds of Nobel Laureates, award-winning scientists, serial innovators, and leading research universities, 12 transformative competencies of successful researchers are highlighted. Available at Amazon, Wiley, The Telegraph UK.
Our publication titled Prevalence and Prevention of Reproducibility Deficiencies in Life Sciences Research: Large-Scale Meta-Analyses (Medical Science Monitor, 2020, 26, e922016-1) provides a general reference when consistently measurable sources of laboratory experiment deficiencies need to be identified for research quality improvement.
Our laboratory has several emerging projects that represent excellent opportunities not only for learning, but also for making a difference. Using big data and meta research methodologies, we identify and explore best practices of scientific productivity. Our research has the track record of publishing many peer-reviewed reports that generate international impact and thousands of citations.
Science has never been more exciting than it is today. Please contact us if you are interested in visiting or collaborative opportunities in conducting 'research on research'.
Authors: E Andrew Balas and Wendy Burnett
E. Andrew Balas, MD, PhD
Dr. Balas is a tenured public health professor at Augusta University. His area of specialization is management, policy-making, health informatics and research methods development. He served as college Dean at three major research universities. Additionally, he spent a year working for the Public Health and Safety Subcommittee of the US Senate in Washington, D.C., organizing hearings and writing bills. His research has generated over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has been cited more than 11,000 times by researchers, many practitioners, and also by President Obama in his Chicago speech.
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Clément Aubert, PhD
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Yara Abdelgawad, MD, MPH
Dr. Yara Hossam Eldin Ragaa Abdelgawad is a Research Associate in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at Augusta University. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Medicine and Surgery from Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt. She has also obtained her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Public Health and Community Medicine from Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt.
Wendy Burnett, PhD
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Chesney Hooks is currently a sophomore at Augusta University studying information technology with a marketing business concentration. She loves bringing creativity to any and everything she does. She is very well versed in graphic design platforms, such as Canva and even has some commissioned work, with experience in non-profit organization's leadership. This leadership includes, but is not limited to the Ronald McDonald House of Augusta and theater marketing consulting with the Beverly J Barnhart Theatre.
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Balas, E. A. (2018). Innovative Research in Life Sciences: Pathways to Scientific
Impact, Public Health Improvement, and Economic Progress. John Wiley and Sons.
Vernon, M. M., Balas, E. A., & Momani, S. (2018). Are university rankings useful to improve research? A systematic review. PloS one, 13(3), e0193762.
Balas, E. A., & Ellis, L. M. (2017). Preclinical data: Three-point plan for reproducibility. Nature, 543(7643), 40.
Balas, E. A., & Chapman, W. W. (2018). Road map for diffusion of innovation in health care. Health Affairs, 37(2), 198-204.
E. Andrew Balas, Marlo Vernon, Farah Magrabi, Lynne Thomas Gordon, Joanne Sexton. Big Data Clinical Research: Validity, Ethics, and Regulation. Medinfo 2015. Volume 216
Balas EA, Elkin PL. Technology transfer from biomedical research to clinical practice: measuring innovation performance. Evaluations & the Health Professions. 2013 Dec;36(4):505-17. Epub 2013 Oct 18.
Kawamoto, K., Houlihan, C. A., Balas, E. A., & Lobach, D. F. (2005). Improving clinical practice using clinical decision support systems: a systematic review of trials to identify features critical to success. BMJ, 330(7494), 765.
Balas, EA, Boren, S.A. Managing clinical knowledge for health care improvement. Yearbook of Medical Informatics. 2000;65-70.
Dr. Andrew Balas presents at the NIH NLM FNLM Conference