Usher Institute

Professor John Ioannidis recognised with honorary degree

A diverse array of influential figures have been honoured by the University for their innovation, success and leadership.

Distinguished contributions to the fields of chemistry, medicine and environmental protection are being celebrated with the award of honorary degrees.

Inaugural Chair of the Usher Institute's Scientific Advisory Board, Professor John Ioannidis was among those recognised.

Scientific accuracy

Professor John Ioannidis is one of the world’s leading champions of reproducible science – the idea that experimental findings should be confirmed by subsequent studies. 

His 2005 paper for the American Public Library of Science – "Why most published research findings are false" – is one of the most accessed papers in science, with more than three million views. 

A professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, Professor Ioannidis has published more than 1,000 research papers

As the inaugural chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the University of Edinburgh’s Usher Institute, he has advised on the topic of open science. He has also helped nurture the careers of many early-career researchers.

Professor John Ioannidis receives the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine.


The honorary degree was awarded virtually on 22 July 2021.


Professor John Ioannidis formally launched the Usher Institute in 2015

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