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Simplifying scientific data and and communicating them through media to the general audience without distorting the findings can be a challenge for both scientists and journalists. This symposium was held September 22, 2016 in Berlin and brought together researchers and (science) journalists, highlighted pitfalls and present some solutions for improved communication between them to ensure accurate presentation of research and scientific findings in the media.
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Do antioxidants promote cancer cell migration?
Le Gal and colleagues (2015) published a report in Science Translational Medicine investigating the effects of high oral doses of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in drinking water on the formation of melanoma metastases in a triple-transgenic mouse model of chemical-induced melanoma. The authors report additional cell culture experiments with NAC and Trolox in melanoma cell lines. The findings of this paper attracted ample attention by the media, where the employed test compounds, the reported data and the conclusions drawn by the authors were inaccurately presented and unsubstantiated conclusions drawn and conveyed to the general audience. This false presentation of the report in the media led to unjustified concern in the general public.
The Society of Nutrition and Food Science therefore would like to summarize the most important findings from this work and evaluate the conclusions that can and cannot be drawn from the presented experiments.
REDOX BIOLOGY MEETS NUTRITION
The joint conference REDOX BIOLOGY MEETS NUTRITION of the Society for Free Radical Research - Europe and the Society of Nutrition and Food Science was held September 2-4, 2015 at the University of Hohenheim.
The conference featured an exciting programme including award lectures by redox pioneer Prof Barry Halliwell, who is the first scientist to hold the SNFS Advances in Nutrition Research Lecture, Prof Enrique Cadenas, and Prof Randal Kaufman, to name only a few of the many esteemed researchers who presented their cutting-egde science at the conference. Please click here to view the full programme.
Prof Barry Halliwell - The first recipient of the SNFS Advances in Nutrition Research Award
Prof Helmut Sies (left) chaired the SNFS Advances in Nutrition Research Lecture held by Prof Barry Halliwell (middle), who received the award certificate from Prof Jan Frank (right), President of the Society of Nutrition and Food Science.
NFS Journal published cutting edge research in the fields of basic and applied nutrition and food science and is in the hands of the Editor-in-chief Prof. Jan Frank and Deputy Editor-in-chief Prof. Walter Vetter. Please visit the journal homepage for the full Aims and Scope and the Editorial Board, which consists of more than 30 experts from 18 countries and all continents.
The open-access journal features a new article format Registered Reports, which aims to eliminate publication bias against negative results.
The journal invites submission of high-quality original research articles and methods papers presenting cutting-edge scientific advances as well as review articles on current topics in all areas of nutrition and food science. The journal particularly invites submission of articles that deal with research at the interface of nutrition and food science and thus connects both disciplines.
What is going on in the media?
A recent tv „documentary“, entitled Schlank durch Schokolade? Manipulation in der Wissenschaft and aired on ZDF and Arte, reports on the alleged manipulations and tricks that are - according to the makers of the „documentary“ - common in the nutritional sciences. The program has triggered critical responses by science bloggers, who consider the „documentary“ to be misleading and in large parts simply wrong.
SNFS supports the main concern of the tv journalists, namely that (science) journalists need to critically review and verify results and conclusions from scientific reports before disseminating them to the public. But SNFS also shares the critical view of the bloggers and considers that the journalists did not hold up to their own postulated standards, but instead distorted facts to lend (false) support to their story. The journalists would have served science and their cause better by keeping to facts rather than presenting half-truths in the wrong contexts.
Please read the following blogs (in German) for a detailed discussion of where the tv documentary went wrong:
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