Program 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.


Daniel Barr

Principal Research Integrity Advisor,
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

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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

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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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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. Foeger 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.

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Chris Graf

Director, Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics,

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.


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.

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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Frederick K.S. Leung

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

Lex BouterProfessor Frederick Koon-Shing Leung is Chair Professor and Kintoy Professor in Mathematics Education at The University of Hong Kong, and was Dean of the Faculty between 1996 and 2002. Professor Leung’s major research interests are in the comparison of mathematics education in different countries, and in the influence of different cultures on teaching and learning. He is one of the editors for the Second and Third International Handbooks on Mathematics Education published by Springer, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) between 2003 and 2009.

He was appointed a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2003, and was awarded the Hans Freudenthal Medal for 2013 by ICMI. He was named a Changjiang Scholar by the Ministry of Education, China in 2014, he received the World Outstanding Chinese Award in 2015, and was awarded a Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2017. He is also an honorary professor of Beijing Normal University, Southwest University and Zhejiang Normal University in China.

Professor Leung is the Director of Education and Development for Research Integrity at the University of Hong Kong since 2011, and has organized various internal and external RI related activities. He was the Chairman of the Planning Committee of the APRI Network Meeting held in HK in February 2017.



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