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Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Program

The goal of the Pathways to Prevention (P2P) program is to host workshops that identify research gaps in a selected scientific area, identify methodological and scientific weaknesses in that scientific area, suggest research needs, and move the field forward through an unbiased, evidence-based assessment of a complex public health issue. P2P workshops are designed for topics that have incomplete or underdeveloped research, difficulty producing a report synthesizing published literature, and are generally not controversial. Previously known as the Evidence-based Methodology Workshop (EbMW) program, the P2P program was renamed in 2013 to better reflect the overarching goal of the program. The first workshop, held in 2012, examined the evidence for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) (read more about the PCOS workshop here).

Upcoming Workshop:

The Role of Opioids in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

September 29-30, 2014
Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland

Medicine in the Media

Medicine: Mind the Gap is a lecture series that explores issues at the intersection of research, evidence, and clinical practice—areas in which conventional wisdom may be contradicted by recent evidence.

See a list of upcoming seminars.

Recent Seminar

Strengths and Weaknesses of Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs
William R. Shadish, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Founding Faculty
Chair for Academic Personnel

Psychological Sciences Section
School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts
University of California, Merced

Dr. Shadish discussed his recent work about how to understand the circumstances under which quasi-experiments do a better and worse job at approximating the effect sizes yielded by randomized experiments.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
*This Mind the Gap lecture was presented as a webinar.

Watch an NIH videocast of this seminar.

The Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology

The Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology is an award given annually to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research. Past topics include the new trend toward multi-authored studies with large data sets, strategies for analyzing conflicting studies, and new epidemiology training standards that incorporate policy and politics.

Recent Lecture

Moyses Szklo, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H. External Website Policy
Epidemiology: Back to Translation (PDF - 370 KB)
Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
September 25, 2013
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Masur Auditorium

Watch an NIH videocast of this seminar.

Past Programs and Events


Physical Activity Workshop

December 13–14, 2012
Bethesda, Maryland

The Physical Activity Workshop examined effective evidence-based interventions for initiating and sustaining physical activity, barriers to achieving the federal Physical Activity Guidelines published in 2008, NIH’s physical activity research portfolio, and emerging research methodologies.

The Consensus Development Program produced evidence-based consensus statements addressing controversial medical issues important to researchers, health care providers, policymakers, patients, and the general public.

Medicine in the Media was a 3-day course in which journalists covering medical issues could improve their skills of evaluating science stories and reporting research in the most accurate way possible.