IPAK Launches a Public Health Policy Research Fellowhship Drive


IPAK, The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge, today announced a drive to fund a Public Health Policy Research Fellowship intended to fund one full-time person to study the matches and mismatches between public health policy, medical practices, the law, and science.  This is currently in its initial fund-raising stage. Our goal is $25K and the need is immediate.  To support this drive, visit the monthly donation page here and give generously!

IPAK Launches New Open Access Peer-Reviewed Journal

August 1, 2019 - Pittsburgh, PA

IPAK, The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge, via its Public Health Policy Initiative, today launched a new open access, peer-reviewed journal, "Science, Public Health Policy & the Law". The first volume contains four articles on issues impacting public health policy.  Specifically, the journal will publish articles evaluating the goodness-of-fit of public health policies, laws - and biomedical "best practices - and law to available scientific knowledge.  The journal's Editor-in-Chief, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, CEO and Director of IPAK, says the journal fills a gap in the published literature by providing a forum in which objective, non-corporatist views may be published.

"It is our goal to publish brief, well-referenced articles that leverage one or two specifically important and factual points that corporate-owned journals may or may not be inclined to publish", he said.

The first volume includes an article on suicide rates and all-cause death rates reported in the original data submitted by Merck to FDA for approval of the quadrivalent Gardisil vaccine, and article reviewing controversies and issues with the latest MMR vaccine autism link, an article on flaws in mental health policies and practices, and an article on whether the continued use of aging vaccines has become a threat to national security in the US.  According to Lyons-Weiler, "We are not limiting our scope to vaccines by any means, and intend to publish articles on the suitability the training of doctors and public health officials on specific key points that appear to be gravely at odds with available scientific knowledge".  He says articles on any threat to public health that has resulted from a mismatch between policies, laws, traditions, and practices will be published, but he and the impressive Editorial Board welcome articles that show improvements in public health that result from changes in such practices.

The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is a not-for-profit organization that exists to perform scientific research in the public interest. We use the principles and practices of scientific research to help individual researchers, research teams, consortia, and companies push their project through roadblocks, or map their way around them via evidence-based alternatives. We provide independent views and intellectual effort on scientific progress in three main areas:

  • Helping investigators in their efforts to reduce human pain & suffering through biomedical and related forms of scientific research.
  • Helping investigators increase their understanding of the universe using science as a way of knowing.
  • Educating the public in robust and reliable advances in medicine and science.

Our activities are varied, and include:

  • Conducting and publishing independent and objective nonpartisan analyses, studies, and research on legislative issues that impact public health and scientific progress in light of peer-reviewed and published scientific findings.
  • Providing support in many forms to endeavors that advance understanding via science (publications, consortia, conferences).
  • Providing support to progress in science in specific critical areas that are likely to reduce human pain and suffering - and we go the extra mile to help make those successes in translation happen.
  • Voicing informed opinions and issues on select government agency and court rulings, and actions and positions taken by other government agencies that influence healthcare practice and affect public health.

To learn more about IPAK, write to us.

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