Science-Based Medicine Conference

My colleagues and I will be holding a Science-Based Medicine conference on Thursday, July 9th. This is an all-day conference covering topics of science and medicine. The conference is designed for both a professional and general audience.

The conference will be at the Southpoint Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is also part of The Amazing Meeting 7 (TAM7) which is run by the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). You can register for the conference either separately or packaged with TAM7.  You can register for both here.

Physicians can earn 6 hours of category 1 CME credits for attending the conference.

Below is the list of speakers and the titles of their talks, and below that is the bio for each speaker.

Introduction to Science-Based Medicine (Steven Novella, MD)
Case studies in cancer quackery: Testimonials, anecdotes, and pseudoscience (David H. Gorski, MD. PhD)
A Scientific Critique of Chiropractic (Harriet Hall, MD)
Why Evidence-Based Medicine is not yet Science-Based Medicine (Kimball Atwood, MD)
Lyme: From the IDSA to the ILAD to the ABA (Mark Crislip, MD)
Online Health & Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly (Val Jones, MD)
Conclusion (Steven Novella, MD)


Steven Novella, MD
Dr. Novella is an academic clinical neurologist at Yale University School of Medicine. He is the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. He authors NeuroLogicaBlog and contributes to several other science blogs: The Rogues Gallery, SkepticBlog, and Science-Based Medicine, of which he is also the founding editor.

David H. Gorski, MD, PhD
Dr. Gorski is an Associate Professor of Surgery Division of Surgical Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI. He is also the Program Leader, Breast Cancer Biology Program, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. His cancer research has been funded by the NIH, ASCO, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. He is a long-time science blogger who regularly tackles issues related to science and medicine. He is the associated editor of Science-Based Medicine.

Harriet Hall, MD
Dr. Hall is a retired family physician. She spent 20 years in the Air Force as a flight surgeon and family physician and retired as a full colonel. Also known as “The SkepDoc” from her column in Skeptic magazine, she has written extensively about alternative medicine. She is an editor of The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine and the Science-Based Medicine blog, is an advisor to Quackwatch, and is a contributing editor to both Skeptic and Skeptical Inquirer magazines. Her website is

Kimball Atwood, MD
Dr. Atwood is a practicing anesthesiologist who is also board-certified in internal medicine. He has been interested in pseudoscience for years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medical Practitioners, and subsequently wrote its Minority Report opposing licensure for naturopaths. He is an associate editor of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine and co-editor of Naturowatch. He is particularly concerned with implausible claims being promoted, tacitly or otherwise, by medical schools and government. He is also dubious about the ethics of human trials of such claims.

Mark Crislip, MD
Dr. Crislip has been a practicing Infectious Disease specialist in Portland, Oregon since 1990. He is Chief of Infectious Diseases for Legacy Health System.
He is responsible for the Quackcast, a skeptical review of Supplements, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, The Persilflagers Annotated Compendium of Infectious Disease Facts, Dogma and Opinion a guide to Infectious Diseases, the Persifalgers Puscast, a podcast review of Infectious Diseases, and Rubor, Dolor, Calor, Tumor, an infectious disease blog.

Val Jones, MD
Dr. Jones is the CEO of Better Health, LLC, a medical blogging network, and VP of Strategic Partnerships at MedPage Today, an online health news source for healthcare professionals. She has been the Senior Medical Director for Revolution Health, and the founding editor of Clinical Nutrition & Obesity, a peer-reviewed e-section of the online Medscape medical journal. Dr. Jones volunteers once a week as a rehabilitation medicine physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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13 thoughts on “Science-Based Medicine Conference

  1. Karl Withakay says:

    As if I needed more reason to go to TAM this year: Novella, Gorski, Hall, Atwood, Crislip, and Jones, all at the same conference- yeah, I’m in.

    Maybe Orac will even show up ;)

  2. David Gorski says:

    Not gonna happen…

  3. Newcoaster says:

    I think that’s great news that there will be a day devoted to sCAM. I did talk to a few other physicians casually last year about their experiences with the encroachment of woo into their local hospitals. ( I actually claimed CME credits from the Canadian College of Family Physicians for attendance at TAM6 I’m still waiting to hear back..) but it would be great to get something official.

    It has always galled me when some of my woo colleagues go off to conferences on acupuncture, EFT or Therapeutic Touch and get educational credits.

    Hope to be there

  4. Scott says:

    This is fabulous and I look forward to attending. I’d like to suggest you consider (either as part of this day, or perhaps a future program) adding time to share ideas and best practices to improve science-based health care.

    That is, I expect most of the attendees will already be frequent visitors to this blog and will likely be in strong agreement with most or not all of the arguments that have been put forward. However, by bringing like-mined health professionals together, we have and opportunity to both network and learn from each other – what works – from clinician-to-clinician peer dialogue, to inter- and intra-professional messaging, to how we can effectively get a science-based message communicated to regulators and governments.

    Forums like this would be great opportunities to talk about the struggles and battles in the different health professions against pseudoscience and what tools we can leverage to continue to push for more appropriate, science-based care for patients.

  5. :whimpers: Cannot come to TAM. I’m still rooting for everyone to come to DragonCon!

  6. The Blind Watchmaker says:

    Dear Dr. Novella,

    I am going to register for TAM and would like to attend your conference. I would like the CME.

    The registration page states that the conference is $100 with TAM registration, but it does not state that CME is included with this option.

    It is $350 with CME, but without TAM registration. Which one should I pick?


  7. As it stands if you want the CME it’s $350, with or without TAM.

    I will ask the JREF, however, to consider offering the $50 break to TAM attendees also – so that would be $300 for CME with TAM. I will update the info if the change is made.

  8. The Blind Watchmaker says:

    Thanks Steve.

  9. Skip says:

    I wish I could go….

    Stupid med school penury….

  10. Dr Benway says:

    I sent an email to a med school faculty member offering to pay for a student to go to this conference. In the email I mentioned some quackery I was dealing with. I also said that integrating unproven therapies with proven therapies was irrational. Because if a therapy was helpful, why not prove it and so remove the need for integration?

    The faculty member said I should write to the vice dean, so I did, saying about the same thing.

    The dean forwarded my email to the director of integrative medicine.


  11. Is there an itinerary for the conference posted anywhere? Can’t find one so far. I’m already booked for TAM, but I’d like to come early for this. I wonder if I need to fly in the day before, or just bright and early on Thursday! When exactly does the brain-fun start?

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