Poster Committee

Sonia Vasconcelos (Chair)

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

Lex BouterDr. 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. Dr. Vasconcelos is coordinator of the Professional Masters Program in Science Education [Educação, Gestão e Difusão em Biociências] at IBqM. She is also coordinator of the Graduate Council for Research Ethics at UFRJ and member of the Research Integrity Committee of the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq). She represents 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 and a member of the Steering Committee of the 5th World Conference (Amsterdam 2017).

Nicole Föger

Head of Administrative Office, Austrian Agency for Research Integrity

Lex BouterNicole Föger holds a PhD degree in biochemistry and worked as a researcher at the Medical University of Vienna, the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg (Germany) and at the University of Basel (Switzerland). Later on she also obtained a postgraduate education in Public Relations.

Since 2010, she has been the Head of the Administrative Office of the Austrian Agency for Research Integrity and involved in all RI activities on the national level: giving trainings for researchers, advising all matters of RI and supporting the independent national commission that offers a neutral and objective forum for investigating cases of (alleged) research misconduct.

From April 2012 until October 2018, Dr. Föger 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.

Austrian Agency for Research Integrity
European Network of Research Integrity Offices
European Network of Research Ethics and Research Integrity

Chris Graf

Director, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics, Wiley

Lex BouterChris Graf is a Co-Chair of COPE, Committee on Publication Ethics (an elected position for which he will serve a 2-year term). Academic and researcher behavior and publishing are changing fast. The integrity of what we peer review and publish has never been more important. Academic and research publishers need editorial processes, technology, and a focus on quality that fits the research environment we work in, and that fits what our communities and customers expect of us. How we make that focus real is important: What we do is always a collaboration with editors, publishing teams, with researchers and academic communities, with societies and associations, and it is always shaped by funders and institutions. Chris Graf leads initiatives at Wiley that focus on research integrity and publishing ethics, where he is Director, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics.

Zoё Hammatt

President, Z Consulting, LLC

Lex BouterMs. Hammatt, a licensed attorney with a Master’s in Law and Ethics in Medicine, provides consultation in research integrity and writing services for institutions, government agencies, charitable organisations, and corporate clients. 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 practices and contributed to policy development and teaching in medical ethics and the responsible conduct of research. She is a founding member of the African and Asia Pacific Research Integrity networks and has been involved with planning for the World Conference on Research Integrity since 2014.

Iekuni Ichikawa

Chair, Research Ethics Committee,
The Japanese Medical Science Federation

Lex BouterProfessor Iekuni Ichikawa, M.D., Ph.D. received his medical training as a pediatrician in Japan, followed by research training at Harvard Medical School. He was the Director of the Laboratory of Renal Physiology at Children’s Hospital, Boston, before joining Vanderbilt as the Director of the Pediatric Nephrology Division, where, under the support the NIH Pediatric Nephrology Center of Excellence, he investigated the mechanism of progression kidney diseases. Ichikawa subsequently assumed a professor position at the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics in Tokai University, Japan. Over the past years, Ichikawa has been involved as a member of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program, which creates and distributes the internet teaching materials for research, and established the Japanese version of the CITI program by incorporating Japanese history, culture and regulations. He is a co-founder of the Association for the Promotion of Research Integrity (APRIN) in Japan and the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, the Japanese Medical Science Federation.

Francis Kombe

Training Co-ordinator (Bioethics & Communication),
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust

Lex BouterDr. Francis Kombe is a founder and co-chair to the African Research Integrity Network (ARIN) and the RHInnO Ethics Africa project director ( He is also the chair to the Ethics, Community Engagement and Patients Advocacy and Support (ECEPAS) Working Group under the Global Emerging Pathogen Treatment Consortium (GET).

A UNESCO trained teacher of ethics and an appointed Member of International Forum of Teachers of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, Dr. Kombe has a keen interest and passion in biomedical research ethics, capacity building and community engagement, with over 20 years of experience applying these skills in the context of international collaborative health research.

Dr. Kombe holds a Master of Social Science in Health Research Ethics from the UKZN, Master of Science and Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Health from LSHTM and is currently registered as a PhD student in Bioethics and health Law at the University of Witwatersrand. He is a winner of the 2015 Pillars of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) Award

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Roxana Lescano Guevara

Directora de Administración de la Investigación,
U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6)

Lex BouterRoxana Lescano Guevara is the Director of Research Administration Program in Topical Research Centre of The U.S. Navy Medical Research Unit. She is a lawyer and has completed a Masters in Bioethics and another Masters in Epidemiological Research. She is a member of two Peruvian IRBs and provides support to other IRBs in Central America.

Ms. Lescano has worked at NAMRU-6 I Lima, Peru, for over 30 years. Her experience spans from research ethics to regulatory aspects and research integrity, having been actively involved in developing training programs, strengthening research ethics oversight, developing institutional policies and procedures for human subject protection and scientific integrity. Ms. Lescano was one of the developers of the Peruvian Responsible Conduct of Research online course (CRI), and continues to speak on research integrity topics, as a guest lecturer, in various parts of Peru and in neighboring countries.


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