Frontier Science and Negative Findings | John A. Ives

Frontier Science and Negative Findings: What Should We Do about These?

John A. Ives

Samueli Institute

Dr. Ives presents original research from his and collaborators’ laboratories on the frontiers of science. His talk presents both positive and negative findings and focus on the studies that were unable to confirm claims for positive effects. There is presentation and discussion of methodological approaches that he and the Samueli Institute have found effective for conducting studies at the frontiers of science, especially research into controversial areas. Both published and unpublished data are presented and the issues and significant hurdles to publishing negative studies discussed. The main goal of this talk is to start a dialogue around these issues and how to rationally and dispassionately conduct research into controversial areas of science.

Dr. Ives is Senior Director of the Center for Brain, Mind, and Healing (BMH) at the Samueli Institute, Alexandria, VA. Research efforts under his direction include the use of dietary supplements for the treatment of leukodystrophies and traumatic brain injury, and a vigorous research program into the underlying mechanisms of homeopathy, its anti-viral and anti-cancer effects, and the modification of the immunological response in general. Along with senior members of his team Dr. Ives is leading an Institute effort in systems biology. Other projects under his direction include laboratory research into human bioenergy and the measurement of biophotons for determining health status. He has spoken on these topics at scientific meetings as well as written book chapters and numerous research papers on these and related topics. As Senior Director of BMH he oversees Samueli Staff, Fellows, and researchers throughout the world who are conducting scholarly and scientific efforts on the impact and role of consciousness, spirituality, mind-body practices, and placebo on the healing process.

John received his Ph.D. in Biology from Georgetown University where he went on to hold a position as Associate Research Professor. Under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act award, John established and managed the Biophysics Laboratory at the Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI) in Bethesda, Maryland, from 1986–1989. While at NMRI, John studied the electrophysiology of rat pineal gland and cellular mechanisms underlying biorhythm regulation. He also has published work on the neuroimmunological regulation of human immune cells.

Recorded at the 34th annual SSE Conference in 2015 at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville hotel.

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Published on November 19, 2018