Local Organising Committee

Mai Har Sham

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

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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.


Danny Chan (Deputy Chair)

Deputy Director of Education and Development for Research Integrity,
The University of Hong Kong

Lex BouterProfessor Danny Chan is a professor at the School of Biomedical Science in The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. He graduated from the University of Melbourne, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. His research interest is in skeletal biology, focusing on development, growth and degenerative processes of the skeleton in health and disease. Professor Chan is currently coordinating a Human Genetic Programme to identify genetic risk factors for intervertebral disc degeneration, a major cause of back pain. He has a particular interest in rare diseases of the skeleton and in recognition of his achievements, he received an award for excellence in medical research from the Premier of Victoria in Australia, and recently, the Croucher Senior Research Fellow Award in Hong Kong, and the SY and HY Cheng Professor in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. In knowledge exchange, he and his research team helped to initiate “The Little People of Hong Kong” Foundation in Hong Kong, an NGO for the patient groups, and to increase the community’s awareness of the needs of patients with rare skeletal disorders in Hong Kong. He is also a council member of Hong Kong Alliance for Rare Diseases, advocating for the needs of rare disease people in our society.

Professor Chan is the Assistant Dean for Research and Research Postgraduate studies, as well as the Deputy Director for Development and Education for Research Integrity at The University of Hong Kong. He is involved in the education of responsible conduct of research to students and academic staff, and has a strong interest in promoting high quality research environment at the university, and sharing experience through networking with regional and international institutions to foster responsible conduct of research.

Professor Chan is the Deputy Director of Education and Development for Research Integrity at the University of Hong Kong since 2015, and the Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee of the APRI Network Meeting held in HK in February 2017.

Daniel Barr

Principal Research Integrity Advisor,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Lex BouterDr. 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.

Jennifer Byrne

Professor of Molecular Oncology, Sydney Medical School,
The University of Sydney

Lex BouterProfessor Jennifer Byrne has spent her scientific career analyzing childhood and adult cancers at a molecular level. She is Head of the Children’s Cancer Research Unit at Kids Research at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the University of Sydney Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health in the Sydney Medical School. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications, which have been cited more than 2,000 times. Her research integrity interests include improving the operations and regulatory oversight of human tissue biobanks, and detecting incorrectly reported laboratory reagents in biomedical research publications. Professor Byrne was named as one of the journal Nature’s top 10 people who mattered in 2017 for identifying and reporting numerous flawed cancer research papers, some of which have been retracted from the literature.

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Jane Jacobs

Director, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity,
Queensland University of Technology

Lex BouterDr Jane Jacobs is the founding Director of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Office of Research Ethics and Integrity in Brisbane, Australia. In this senior leadership role, Jane has overseen the implementation of the university’s research integrity program aimed at promoting responsible research practice and the development of the mechanism to managing allegations of research misconduct.

Jane has had a leading role in research ethics, research integrity and health technology assessment in Australia over the past two decades. In particular as a key advisor and membership of the National Health and Medical Research Councils working groups responsible for; the development of the “Guide to investigating and management potential breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research”; national framework for harmonised ethics review for multicentre research; revision of guidance of embryo and stem cell research, foetal tissue use; and ethics advisor for the Population Health Research Network responsible for the establishment of national data linkage infrastructure capability for the secure and safe managing health information from around Australia for use in research.

Guochen Jia

Chair Professor, Department of Chemistry,
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Lex BouterGuochen Jia received his B.S. degree from Wuhan University in 1983. He completed his PhD degree in 1989 from The Ohio State University. After carrying out postdoctoral work at University of Toronto and The University of Western Ontario, he joined The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 1992. He is now a Chair Professor of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He served as the Head of the Department of Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2008 to 2010, and as a member of the Senate Committee on Academic Integrity at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2014 to 2015. His research interest is in the areas of organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis.

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Benny Chung-Ying Zee

Assistant Dean (Research),
Director, Centre for Clinical Research and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Lex BouterProfessor Benny Zee is Assistant Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Medicine and also Professor and Head of the Division of Biostatistics in the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He is the Chairman of the Joint CUHK and New Territories East Cluster (NTEC) Clinical Research Ethics Committee (CREC) since 2006. The CREC is reviewing about 700 new research ethics applications each year with thousands of amendments, progress reports, protocol deviations and SAE reports. He is also a member of the Clinical Research Management Committee overseeing the integrity of research in the University through regular and for-cause audits.

Professor Zee obtained his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh USA in 1987. He then joined the National Cancer Institute of Canada Clinical Trials Group (NCIC CTG) as Senior Biostatistician, and faculty member in Queen’s University Canada from 1987 to 2001.



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