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Study Groups and Lectures: Good Science, Bad Science


For non-scientists: How often do we see an article in the media supposedly based on a scientific study: "mammograms and PSA tests are worthless," "vaccines cause autism," "coffee protects against heart disease," and so on. What do lay people make of all this contradictory information?

Each week we'll take one or two such current articles and discuss, as a group, the science on which the conclusion is based. We'll look at the misuse of statistics, bias, the necessity of doing a double-blind controlled study, the use of an animal model and other such sources of error and confusion.


Moderator: Clare McFarlane

To register by mail or in person: Pay for your membership ($100) and any lectures ($7 each) with a single cheque payable to McGill University. Cash is not accepted. To register online: You have the option to use Internet banking. You can set up McGill University as a payee with your bank. You may also register for a lecture at the door (the fee is $10) on the day of the lecture. We recommend that you contact the office beforehand to check if space is available. Lectures are non-refundable. Full details:

Date and Time

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM


2nd Floor - 688 Sherbrooke West
Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3R1


November 26, 2012 to January 15, 2013


General $10.00 CAD  


Event Registrar
Phone: 514-398-8234