Conference co‐chairs 

Mai Har Sham

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

Lex Bouter

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.


Daniel Barr

Principal Research Integrity Advisor,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Lex Bouter

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.


Lex Bouter

Professor of Methodology and Integrity,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Lex Bouter

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.

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