WCRIF Governing Board

Lex Bouter (Chair)

Professor of Methodology and Integrity,
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Lex BouterLex 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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Melissa Anderson

Professor, Higher Education and Director of Graduate Studies,
University of Minnesota

Lex BouterProfessor Melissa S. Anderson is a Professor of Higher Education and the Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Minnesota, U.S. Her research over the past 30 years has been in the areas of research integrity, scientific misconduct, international research collaboration, and academy-industry relations, with particular attention to the research environment. She was principal investigator of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health on research integrity in international research collaborations and co-editor, with Nicholas Steneck, of International Research Collaborations: Much to be Gained, Many Ways to Get in Trouble (Routledge, 2010). Professor Anderson chaired for four years the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the editorial boards of Science and Engineering Ethics, the Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, Research Integrity and Peer Review, the International Journal for Research Integrity, and Accountability in Research. She served for five years as co-chair, with Sabine Kleinert, Senior Executive Editor of The Lancet, of the World Conferences on Research Integrity and currently sits on the Executive Board 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. 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.

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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.

Sabine Kleinert

Senior Executive Editor, The Lancet

Lex BouterDr. Sabine Kleinert studied Medicine in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the USA, and trained as a Paediatrician in the UK and Belgium. After further specialist training in Paediatric Cardiology at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and research training at the Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA, she joined The Lancet as a full-time Medical Editor in 1998. In March 2002, she became Executive Editor, and in July 2006 Senior Executive Editor. She joined the Committee on Publication Ethics in 1999, was elected to Council in 2002, and served as Vice-Chair from 2006 to March 2012. She was a member of the planning committee of the first and second World Conference on Research Integrity (Lisbon 2007, Singapore 2010) and she co-chaired the planning committee for the third and fourth World Conference on Research Integrity (Montreal 2013, Rio 2015). She was also a member of Steering Committee of the 2017 (Amsterdam) World Conference on Research Integrity.

Tony Mayer

Research Integrity Adviser, President’s Office,
Nanyang Technological University

Lex BouterMr. Tony Mayer is an earth scientist. He conducted research at Leicester University and University College, London before pursuing a career in research management at the UK Natural Environment Research Council. He is currently a consultant on Research Integrity to the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He was previously the Director of the COST Office in Brussels, Belgium and Head of Strategy and Chef de Cabinet at the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France. He was the co-chair and co-organiser of the first, second and fifth World Conferences on Research Integrity (Lisbon 2007, Singapore 2010 and Amsterdam 2017). He was the Treasurer of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation.

Sonia Vasconcelos

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).

Susan Zimmerman

Executive Director,
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research

Lex BouterSusan Zimmerman is the Executive Director of the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research in Ottawa. SRCR is responsible for the implementation of the Tri-Agency Framework on Responsible Conduct of Research on behalf of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The Secretariat is also responsible for the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.

She is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. A native of Montreal, Susan received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Toronto. Her professional experience includes positions as a senior research associate at the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University, Director of Legislation and Law Reform at the Canadian Bar Association, legal counsel at Health Canada and Director of Research for the Law Commission of Canada. Prior to her appointment to the Secretariat in September, 2007, Ms Zimmerman was a member of the Health Law Group at the Toronto office of a national law firm, where she represented health care institutions and a variety of health care professionals.

Ms. Zimmerman has also been a university lecturer in health law and ethics and a member of research ethics boards.


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