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

Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President (Research), The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Professor Sham is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Choh-Ming Li Professor of Biomedical Sciences. Professor Sham is responsible for the development of the University’s research and innovation, research infrastructure support, research data management, research ethics, integrity and responsible conduct of research education. Professor Sham has delivered plenary and keynote lectures on the roles of universities on research integrity issues in different continents. She was an organizer of the Asia-Pacific Research Integrity Network meeting in Hong Kong in 2017, the Co-Chair for the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity 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. She had previously served as the Associate Vice-President (Research); Assistant Dean (Research), Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Director of the Centre for Reproduction Development and Growth in the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, the University of Hong Kong.


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).

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.


Maura Hiney

Health Research Board Ireland (HRB)


Dr Maura Hiney is a qualified nurse, has a PhD in Molecular Epizootology and Diagnostics, and has worked as both a researcher and Head of the Research Office at the National University of Ireland Galway. Maura is currently Head of International Cooperation, Evaluation and Targeted Programmes Health Research Board Ireland, which manages the HRB’s targeted funding portfolio to support health-relevant policy and practice-related research. The unit also conducts evaluations of funded programmes on an ongoing basis, develops and promotes policies for health research best practices, and hosts the National Delegate for Health, National Contact Point for Health for EC Framework Programmes, and the National Focal Point for the EU4Health Programme.

Maura has a long-time interest in research Integrity (RI) and has been influential in raising awareness of RI issues in Ireland since 2007. She was deeply involved in establishing the National Forum on Research Integrity and developing a national RI policy framework for broad adoption. Internationally, Maura was, until recently, co-chair of the European Network of RI Offices (ENRIO), chair of the Science Europe Working Group on RI and was a key contributor to the European Competitiveness Council Conclusions on RI in 2015 on behalf of the Luxembourg Presidency.  She is currently chair of the All European Academies (ALLEA) Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics, with whom she coordinated a revision of the European Code of Conduct on RI, launched by Commissioner Moedas in March 2017. She sits on the Policy Advisory Boards of several EU-funded SwafS projects that conduct research on various elements of ethics and RI, and is a partner on the SOPs4RI project, which is developing a suite of SOPs and guidelines for managing good research practices and RI promotion plan guidelines for adoption in the grant agreements in Horizon Europe.


Lyn Horn

Office of Research Integrity, University of Cape Town

Lyn Horn is currently the Director of the Office of Research Integrity at  the University of Cape Town, South Africa and an Extraordinary [Honorary] Associate Professor in the Centre for Applied Ethics at Stellenbosch University. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in Bioethics and worked as a clinician in the public health sector for the first twenty years of her career before transitioning to an academic work environment in 2004. She has been working in the fields of research ethics and integrity for the last almost twenty years and served as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at Stellenbosch University from 2011 to 2016. In her current role she is responsible for the institutional-wide promotion of responsible research practice, including RCR education and training. She was the South African Co-Chair for the 7th WCRI 2022.


De Ming Chau

Senior Lecturer, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Dr. De Ming Chau is a molecular biologist with experience in cancer stem cell research. He is the co-founder of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Programme and he has been chairing the YSN-ASM Science Integrity Working Group since 2017. Dr. Chau is the co-editor of the Malaysian Educational Module on RCR and a contributor of the Malaysian Code of Responsible Conduct in Research. Currently, Dr. Chau is a committee member of the National Committee on Research Integrity (Malaysia) and the Co-Chair of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) RCR Project.



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