The BIH QUEST Center for Transforming Biomedical Research

QUEST – Quality | Ethics | Open Science | Translation

Mission Statement

QUEST strives to increase the value of biomedical research at BIH and beyond.

Our Mission

To overcome the roadblocks in translational medicine: Increasing the value and impact of biomedical research by maximizing the quality, reproducibility, generalizability, and validity of BIH research.
To create an awareness of the need to rethink biomedical research and to initiate a culture change in academic biomedicine.

Our Approaches

Quality assurance

We promote compliance of preclinical as well as clinical research with standards and guidelines on design, conduct, analysis and reporting.

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Education & Training

We develop and implement training and teaching resources on experimental and study design, methods to reduce bias, new modes of publishing, the digital footprint of academics, as well as open science.

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Open Science

We improve the accessibility and transparency of BIH research and its results through open access and open data.

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Meta Research

We identify opportunities for improving research practice and obtain evidence for the impact of its activities through ‘research on research’.

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Incentives and rewards

We develop new incentive systems in research, e.g. by selecting appropriate novel indicators and metrics for the assessment of research performance of researchers and institutions. We assist in the implementation and evaluation of these novel systems. 

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Research for and with the public

We foster research for and with the public to enhance public outreach and public involvement in BIH research.

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Bioethics of translation

We develop scientifically sound and practice-oriented recommendations on how ethical requirements for research with humans, animals and sensitive data can be best implemented.

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Thinktank

We act as advisors to stakeholders in biomedicine from funders to politics.

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The QUEST Center includes the BIH Biomedical Innovation Academy (BIA).