Advisory Committee

Lida Anestidou

Senior Program Officer,
Institute for Laboratory Animal Research, The National Academies

Lex BouterDr. Lida Anestidou, DVM, Ph.D. is Senior Program Officer in the Division on Earth and Life Studies of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (The National Academies) and Director of the OIE Collaborating Center for Laboratory Animal Welfare and Science. She is a highly experienced science policy professional with in depth knowledge of research and education at the global level. As an internationally recognized expert in scientific integrity and responsible science, since 2011 she has led the “Educational Institutes on Responsible Science”, a diverse portfolio of international multi-million dollar programs on responsible conduct of research and education in the Middle East/North Africa and South and Southeast Asia. As the science officer of Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of The National Academies, Dr. Anestidou directs studies and programs that provide guidance and information on laboratory animal issues to the U.S. government, the national and international biomedical and laboratory animal science communities, and the public.

Under the aegis of the OIE Collaborating Center, Dr. Anestidou leads the One-Health Research Fellowships in Pakistan, aimed at building research and training capacity in the Pakistani One Health sector. Before joining The National Academies, Dr. Anestidou was a faculty member of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Anestidou holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Aristotle University in Greece (her home country), a Masters in Veterinary Sciences from the University of Florida, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Physiology from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Anestidou serves as an Independent Expert in the Ethics Evaluation of grant applications to Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program of the European Research Council and the European Commission. She is a member of the External Ethics Advisory Committee of the Genetic Biocontrol of Invasive Rodents (GBIRd) program.

Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz

Vice Chancellor for Research,
University of the Philippines Manila

Lex BouterDr. Eva Maria C. Cutiongco-de la Paz is the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of the Philippines (UP) Manila and the Executive Director of the National Institutes of Health. She finished her Doctor of Medicine degree from the UP College of Medicine in 1989 and completed her Pediatric residency at the Philippine General Hospital in 1992. She had her research fellowship in Molecular Genetics at the International Center for Medical Research at the Kobe University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan and took her subspecialty training in Clinical Genetics at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Canada. She was board certified as a fellow by the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists in 2000. She served as the Program Director for the Genomics Health Program of the Philippine Genome Center from 2013 to 2016. Her current research interests include genetics of monogenic and complex genetic conditions in the Filipino population such as birth defects, cancer, diabetes mellitus, X-linked Dystonia Parkinsonism as well as population genetics, particularly, genetic diversity studies on Indigenous Peoples.

Jun Fudano

Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts,
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Lex BouterProfessor Fudano is a Professor in the Institute for Liberal Arts as well as in the Department of Human and Social Sciences within the School of Environment and Society at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts (Physics) and M.A. in Education (Science Education) from the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan. He holds a doctorate in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA.

Professor Fudano’s current/past positions: Director of Applied Ethics, Center for Engineering and Science at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT); Chair of the Liberal Arts and Professional Development Program, Graduate School of Engineering at KIT; Visiting Professor at the Open University of Japan; Advisory Research Fellow at the Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo; Committee Member, World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) of UNESCO; and a special international subcommittee member investigating research misconduct in OECD Global Science Forum.

Professor Fudano’s recent research fields include science and engineering ethics, engineering ethics education and responsible conduct of research. He has actively participated in previous World Conferences on Research Integrity, and Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Network Meetings.

Susan Garfinkel

Assistant Vice President, Research Compliance,
The Ohio State University

Lex BouterDr. Susan Garfinkel received a Ph.D. in Genetics from The George Washington University and then conducted molecular biology research focused on cellular aging and cell signaling pathways in vascular cells. After her research activities, Dr. Garfinkel has held various positions in research administration.

In 2017, Dr. Garfinkel became the Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance at The Ohio State University. She serves as the senior coordinator for research misconduct, providing oversight and advice to the university’s research integrity officers. Dr. Garfinkel assists in coordinating institution-wide research compliance policies and procedures, helps develop effective strategies to minimize and manage compliance risks, and works with faculty and administrative units to ensure that the university is compliant with federal and state regulations regarding export controls, conflict of interest, research misconduct, international research and research data security.

Previously, Dr. Garfinkel served in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Research Integrity (ORI) for nearly 15 years. She handled all clinical and basic science research misconduct cases as the Director for the Division of Investigative Oversight, where she managed the oversight of institutional research misconduct proceedings. She supervised scientist-investigators and support staff on matters related to case management and investigative strategy and methodology, from preliminary assessment through case resolution.

Before her tenure at ORI, Dr. Garfinkel was the Director of Research Grants for a non-profit organization that funded research in age-related degenerative diseases and stem cell research. She also worked as a Program Officer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she managed the Lung Cell and Vascular Biology program.

In addition to these positions, Dr. Garfinkel served as the Chair of the Public Education Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) to help inform the public about the scientific and ethical issues related to stem cell research, and was faculty for the Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Center (ASTAR), participating in conferences to train State and Federal court judges on various scientific and technologic issues related to genetics and molecular biology.

Elizabeth Heitman

Professor, Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine,
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Lex BouterProfessor Elizabeth Heitman, PhD is Professor in the Program in Ethics in Science and Medicine at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Her work focuses on cultural dimensions of ethics, international standards for research oversight, and education in responsible conduct of research. In addition to teaching research ethics and scientific integrity through UT Southwestern’s Center for Translational Medicine and Graduate School, she is Co-Director of a NIH Fogarty-sponsored research ethics education and capacity building program in Mozambique, co-Investigator in the NIH-sponsored Obesity Health Disparities Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) research training program, and a member of several project committees with the National Academy of Science’s Educational Institutes for Teaching Responsible Science.

El-Nasir MA Lalani

Director, Centre for Regenerative Medicine (AKU-CRM) and Stem Cell Research,
Aga Khan University

Lex BouterProfessor Lalani took up his current post as Director of the Aga Khan University – Centre for Regenerative Medicine (AKU-CRM) and Stem Cell Research on 1st August, 2016. The research and academic program of the AKU-CRM are being developed in partnership with the Eli and Edythe Broad Centre of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research, University of California, San Francisco. Prior to his current appointment, Professor Lalani held the post of Dean of Research and Graduate Studies for 8 years (2008-16) at Aga Khan University.

Professor Lalani acquired his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee and his medical degree, MBChB from the University of Edinburgh. He has been a recipient of research fellowships from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research, UK) and the Medical Research Council, UK. He attained his PhD from University College, London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Higher Education Academy, UK. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, co-edited a book on prostate cancer and contributed chapters in several books. He is an executive member of Asian Network of Research Resource Centers, Pakistan Medical Research Council, and past member of the Department of Health (UK) Human Tissue Authority and various research ethics committees (local, national and international). He is on the editorial board of several international journals. His research interests are in stem cell and cancer biology.

Professor Lalani is a member of the Planning Committee of the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Network since its establishment. He has also served as a member of West Midlands, National Research Ethics Committee.

In Jae Lee

Professor, Seoul National University of Education

Lex BouterProfessor In Jae is a professor of Seoul National University of Education and has taught research ethics in universities and national research institutes. He is an adviser of the Research Ethics Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education and a Secretary-General of Korean University Council of Research Ethics (KUCRE). And he has also worked as a member of a committee of investigation of research misconduct in universities and conducted various policy projects of the Ministry of Education for the plagiarism guideline establishment and a survey of research ethics activities in universities and national research institute as a research ethics expert since 2007. He was a chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the International Forum on Research Ethics 2014 (2014 IFRE) that took place on 30/10/2014-31/10/2014 at Seoul National University. He has been in charge of The Center for Research Ethics Information since 2016. He published his book in 2015.

The Center for Research Ethics Information, Korea

Prasit Palittapongarnpim

Executive Vice-President for Research and International Relations,
National Science and Technology Development Agency

Lex BouterPrasit Palittapongarnpim received his M.D. (1st class honor) from Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, the Certificate of Proficiency in Pediatrics from Chiangmai University and Postdoctoral training at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. He also earned B.Sc. in both Medical Sciences and Mathematics. He is currently the Executive Vice-President for Research and International Relations at the National Science and Technology Development Agency and a Professor at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University. His main scientific interest is on molecular biology and epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. He also works on antituberculous drug discovery, genomics and bioinformatics and leads the Tuberculosis Research Laboratory, jointly hosted by Mahidol University and the National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC).

Professor Prasit Palittapongarnpim also serves in several administrative posts in Thailand, such as the Executive Committee of Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences and the National Vaccine Institute, and the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of Thailand Research Fund. He was Vice President for Research of Mahidol University, an executive board member of National Institute of Metrology (Thailand) and Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University. He is also a member of the National Vaccine Policy Committee and the Planning Committee of the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Network.

Surendra Shastri

Professor, Population Health Research,
BKLW Rural Medical College

Lex BouterProfessor Shastri is a Professor of the Population Health Research, BKLW Rural Medical College, India. He is also an Ex-Professor and Head, Department of Preventive Oncology, and Professor and Head of the Department of Preventive Oncology and Head of the WHO Collaborative Centre for Cancer Prevention, Screening and Early Detection at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. His recent work focuses on strategies for cancer prevention and diagnosis in India. His main areas of interest are cervical, breast and tobacco attributed cancers and has published in leading Journals including Nature, Lancet, Lancet Oncology, NEJM, JNCI and IJC. He has also contributed to several reviews and guidelines on these cancers published by the World Health Organization and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

He is a recipient of:
World Health Organization, Director General’s Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to Tobacco Control among Youth, in May 2008.
International Achievement Award from the American Cancer Society, for Demonstrating Outstanding Leadership in the Global Fight against Cancer, in July 2006.
Prestigious Humanitarian Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in May 2014.
Professor Shastri is a member of the Planning Committee of the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Network since the 2nd Network Meeting.

Xiaoyong Shi

Head, Department of Innovation Strategy Evaluation and Research,
National Center for Science and Technology

Lex BouterMr. Shi Xiaoyong is the Head of Department of Innovation Strategy Evaluation and Research, National Center for Science and Technology (NCSTE) of China. He has been working in evaluation of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) strategies, policies and programs over 13 years. After graduation from Beijing Forestry University with a Master’s degree in Finance in 2005, he joined the NCSTE. During March 2013 to February 2014, he had been seconded to work as a policy analyst in the Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry, OECD in Paris. As a team leader, he has carried out a number of nationwide evaluation and research projects, such as innovation policy review, national S&T program evaluation, large-scale S&T project performance evaluation, basic research evaluation, and so on.

Mr. Shi has published dozens of papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has also been heavily involving in NCSTE’s international cooperation, and participating in and coordinating several visible projects with the World Bank, UNDP and OECD. Currently, he is leading a team to monitor the implementation of the newly published Guidance on Further Strengthening Research Integrity of China, and to prepare for evaluating research integrity of China, which was commissioned by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

Ovid Tzeng

Chancellor, University System of Taiwan

Lex BouterProfessor Ovid J. L. Tzeng is the chancellor of University System of Taiwan (UST) and a distinguished research fellow and an Academician of Academia Sinica. He was the Minister of Education, the Minister Without Portfolio, and the Minister of Council for Cultural Affairs. He is an outstanding researcher in cognitive neuroscience and neurolinguistics and an experienced administer in academic institutions, He is a member of the Board of Directors of Haskins Laboratories in the U.S. and an advisory board member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders in Australia.

He has established UST to oversee and integrate the research and teaching developments of Taiwan’s four top research universities, namely, Central-, Chiao Tung-, Tsing Hua- and Yang-Ming Universities and has been the Chancellor of the System since 2012. Prior to the Chancellorship, he was the Vice President of the Academia Sinica in Taiwan, in charge of International Scholarly Exchange Program as well the developments of Taiwan’s International Graduate Program (TIGP). He not only created the TIGP, but also made sure that the program should serve students from developing countries. Currently, 408 students from more than 43 countries enrolled in the program. He has long been concerned with the devastating consequences of unequal opportunities for access reading education among societies. He notices that knowledge-divide leads to life-divide with the devastating consequence of vast difference in life expectancy among different countries, some 80 years old versus 40 years in others. In his view this difference reflects the collapse of humanity rather than just sheer number difference. He is currently a Executive member of the Committee on Human Rights of the NAS, NAE, and NAM, as well as a member of the UNESCO’s Inclusive Literacy Learning for All Project.

Professor Tzeng was named an Academician of the World Academy of Sciences(TWAS) in 2010 and European Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2017. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Pennsylvania State University in the U. S.A. and the First-class Professional Education-Culture Medal from the Ministry of Education in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

He has been a member of the Planning Committee of the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity (APRI) Network since its establishment. He also served as the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the 2018 meeting.

Christa Van Zyl

Director, Office of the Deputy CEO for Research,
Human Sciences Research Council

Lex BouterDr Christa van Zyl is the Director in the Office of the Deputy CEO for Research in the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa and the first person appointed to serve as Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at the institution. She holds a PhD in education and a MBA from the University of Pretoria. Her career at the HSRC spanned research, research administration, institutional planning and performance reporting, and current professional interests include the promotion and recognition of responsible conduct of research. Until 2013 she was the South African National Contact Point (NCP) for Socio-Economic and Humanities (SSH) and Science in Society (SiS) under the EUFP7. From 2014 to 2016 she served, as one of two South African country experts, on the OEDC-Global Science Forum Expert Group on Research Ethics and New Forms of Data for Social and Economic Research. She is currently one of three persons on the steering committee of the newly-established African Research Integrity Network (ARIN).

Recent publications reflecting her interests include:

Helen Yuehong Zhang

Chief Editor, Journal of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE

Lex BouterProfessor Helen Yuehong Zhang is the Chief Editor of Journals of Zhejiang University-SCIENCE A/B; FITEE & BDM, and Vice-President of the Society of China University Journals. She had served as a Board Member of PILA/CrossRef (2014–2017) and a council member of ALPSP (2011–2016). She is also the Editorial Board Member of Learned Publishing, Chinese Journal of Scientific &Technical Periodical and Acta Editologica.

Professor Zhang is very active in STM journal publishing area. She has been for many times invited to give speeches at international publishing seminars including the 4th World Conference on Research Integrity (, and STM US Conference ( etc. She, with her team, received a research grant from the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) in 2011, has already published many papers focused on CrossCheck Guidance & Anti-Plagiarism Policy in different disciplines in international journals, including several short papers in Nature. In 2016, she published two books: “Against Plagiarism: A Guide for Editors and Authors”, published by Springer, and “Chinese Cultural Kaleidoscope”, published by Zhejiang University Press.


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