Governing board

Lex Bouter (Chair)

Professor of Methodology and Integrity,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Lex Bouter obtained a MSc degree in Medical Biology at Utrecht University and joined Maastricht University in 1984, where he was trained as an epidemiologist and obtained his PhD. In 1988 he published a textbook on epidemiology, the seventh revised Dutch edition of which appeared in 2016 and the first English edition in 2018. In 1992, he took up a tenured position as Professor of Epidemiology in Amsterdam. From 2006 until 2013 he was Rector Magnificus of his university.

Subsequently, Professor Bouter prepared for a return to science during a sabbatical leave. In 2014 his tenured professorship was broadened to Methodology and Integrity. He is currently involved in teaching and research regarding responsible conduct of research, questionable research practices and research misconduct. In 2017, Professor Bouter organized and co-chaired the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity in Amsterdam and became chair of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation.

Mai Har Sham

Associate Vice-President (Research), The University of Hong Kong


Professor Sham is the Associate Vice-President (Research) of The University of Hong Kong. She assists the university senior management team in recommending policies, processes, and strategies for enhancing the University’s research capacity and performance. Her portfolio includes research data management and education, research integrity policy review, promoting responsible conduct of research, research postgraduate education, cross faculty research collaboration in Hong Kong and mainland China. Professor Sham has delivered plenary and keynote lectures on research integrity issues in different continents. She is a member of the planning committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Integrity (APRI) Network, and the Co-Chair for the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity to be held in Hong Kong in 2019.

Professor Sham obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge. She received her postdoctoral training in Developmental Genetics in the National Institute for Medical Research in London, U.K., before joining the University of Hong Kong. She served as Assistant Dean (Research) and Head of the Department of Biochemistry in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, and is currently Convenor of the Research Cluster of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Her research programmes cover areas of gene regulation in development, molecular control of neural crest and placode differentiation, genetic bases and mutant mouse models of human diseases, and neural stem cells.


Sabine Kleinert

Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet

Dr. Sabine Kleinert studied Medicine in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA, and trained as a Paediatrician in the UK and Belgium. After further specialist training in Paediatric Cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and research training at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA, she joined The Lancet as a full-time Medical Editor in 1998. In March 2002, she became Executive Editor, and in July 2006 Senior Executive Editor. She joined the Committee on Publication Ethics in 1999, was elected to Council in 2002, and served as Vice-Chair from 2006 to March 2012. She was a member of the planning committee of the first and second World Conference on Research Integrity (Lisbon 2007, Singapore 2010) and she co-chaired the planning committee for the third and fourth World Conference on Research Integrity (Montreal 2013, Rio 2015). She was also a member of Steering Committee of the 2017 (Amsterdam) World Conference on Research Integrity.

Daniel Barr

Principal Research Integrity Advisor,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology


Dr. Daniel Barr is a Principal Research Integrity Advisor at RMIT University, Australia. Prior to joining RMIT University, he worked in research management at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. Dr. Barr has also worked as a biomedical scientist in Australia and the United States.

Specialising in research integrity and ethics, Dr. Barr has developed and implemented initiatives in policy, education and training, and support services that aim to enhance the responsible conduct of research at universities. He also conducts research in research integrity, and is working to develop Guiding Principles for Research Integrity for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

Dr. Barr has a BSc (Hons) and a PhD in immunology from the University of Melbourne. He is a Training Fellow of the Australasian Research Management Society and an Honorary Senior Fellow of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Melbourne. Dr. Barr serves as a committee member of the Asia-Pacific Research Integrity Network and of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Amsterdam Agenda Advisory Committee.


Sonia Vasconcelos

Associate Professor, Science Education Program,
Institute of Medical Biochemistry Leopoldo de Meis,
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr. Sonia Vasconcelos is associate professor at the Science Education Program of the Institute of Medical Biochemistry Leopoldo de Meis (IBqM), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She teaches science communication, research methodology, and research ethics/integrity, and most of her research focuses on these areas. Sonia is coordinator of the Professional Masters Program in Science Education [Educação, Gestão e Difusão em Biociências] at IBqM. She is coordinator of the Advisory Council for Research Ethics at UFRJ and former member of the Research Integrity Committee of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). She represented the field of humanities and social sciences in this committee. She has been among the organizers of Brazilian Meeting on Research Integrity, Science and Publication Ethics (BRISPE), held biannually in Brazil since 2010. She was local co-chair of the 4th World Conference on Research Integrity (4WCRI) and a member of the Steering Committee of the fifth World Conference (Amsterdam 2017).

Susan Zimmerman

Executive Director,
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research, Canada

Susan Zimmerman is the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research in Ottawa. SRCR is responsible for the implementation of the Tri-Agency Framework on Responsible Conduct of Research on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Secretariat is also responsible for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

She is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. A native of Montreal, Susan received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Her professional experience includes positions as a senior research associate at the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Director of Legislation and Law Reform at the Canadian Bar Association, legal counsel at Health Canada and Director of Research for the Law Commission of Canada. Prior to her appointment to the Secretariat in September, 2007, Ms Zimmerman was a member of the Health Law Group at the Toronto office of a national law firm, where she represented health care institutions and a variety of health care professionals.

Ms. Zimmerman has also been a university lecturer in health law and ethics and a member of research ethics boards.

Nicole Foeger

Austrian Agency for Research Integrity


Nicole Foeger holds a PhD degree in biochemistry and worked as a researcher in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Since 2010, she has been the Head of the Administrative Office of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity and is involved in all RI activities on the national level. She is engaged in training, advising, policy making and investigating allegations of research misconduct. From April 2012 until October 2018 Dr. Foeger was the elected Chair of the European Network of Research Integrity Offices (ENRIO) and has been involved in several European initiatives and EU-projects on research integrity as a project partner or a member of the advisory board.


Zoë Hammatt

President, Z Consulting, LLC


Ms. Hammatt, a licensed attorney with a Master's in Law and Ethics in medicine, provides writing services and research integrity consultation. She previously served as Director of the Division of Education and Integrity at the U.S. Office of Research Integrity, Legal and Regulatory Specialist for an NIH-funded translational research network, and Director of the Research Integrity Program and Research Integrity Officer at the University of Hawaii. Ms. Hammatt has handled numerous cases of alleged misconduct and questionable research practice and contributed to policy development and teaching in medical ethics and the responsible conduct of research in a global context.



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