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Inquiry with Integrity: Cultivating an Ethical Research Culture

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Event Details:

This free, public event features Elisabeth Bik, Holden Thorp, Ruth O’Hara, and David Magnus discussing integrity at all stages of research.

Date and time: Tuesday, February 13, 2024, 5-6:30 PM

Location: Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building

About this event:

Research misconduct shakes public confidence in scientists and their work. This event will focus on the dynamics that can lead to misconduct and on who should be responsible for reporting and sanctioning ethical lapses. The panelists will also share their reflections on what individuals, journals, and universities can do to cultivate a culture of integrity at all stages of research.

This panel features Elisabeth Bik, Holden Thorp, Ruth O’Hara, and David Magnus.

This event is co-sponsored by the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society and the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.

Please note that this event is in-person only, and RSVPs are requested to attend. Walk-ins are welcome. 

Speaker Bios:

Elisabeth Bik, Ph.D. is a Dutch-American microbiologist who has worked for 15 years at Stanford University and 2 years in industry. Since 2019, she has been a science integrity volunteer and consultant who scans the biomedical literature for images or other data of concern. She has reported over 7,000 scientific papers, and her work resulted in over 1,000 retractions and another 1,000 corrections. For her work in science communication and exposing research misconduct, she received the 2021 John Maddox Prize. Learn more about Elisabeth Bik

Holden Thorp, Ph.D. has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals since 2019. He came to Science from Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019 and professor from 2013 to 2023. He is currently a professor at George Washington University and on leave to serve as the Editor-in-Chief at Science. Thorp joined Washington University after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. Thorp earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from UNC in 1986. He earned a doctorate in chemistry in 1989 at the California Institute of Technology. Thorp cofounded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which developed VIVJOA (oteseconazole), now approved by the FDA and marketed by Mycovia Pharmaceuticals. Thorp is a venture partner at Hatteras Venture Partners, a consultant to Ancora and Urban Impact Advisors, and is on the board of directors of PBS, the College Advising Corps, and Saint Louis University.  He serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Yale School of Medicine and the Underwriters’ Laboratories Research Institutes. Learn more about Holden Thorp

Dr. Ruth O’Hara is the Senior Associate Dean for Research in the Stanford University School of Medicine, and the Lowell W. and Josephine Q. Berry Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She also serves as the Principal Investigator of Stanford’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Dr. O’Hara leads an extensive research program on sleep, brain function and resilience in neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. O’Hara also focuses on methodological considerations for clinical research across the lifespan. In her administrative roles, Dr. O’Hara brings together faculty from diverse research areas and systems across universities to collaborate on a range of interdisciplinary initiatives. Dr. O’Hara serves as a Multiple Principal Investigator on the NIH PRIMED Grant between the Stanford CTSA and the University of the Pacific (UoP).

David Magnus, Ph.D. (moderator) is Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics, and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and by Courtesy of Bioengineering and Associate Dean of Research at Stanford University. He is past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors and Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the IRB for the NIH Precision Medicine Initiative (“All of Us”). He was an invited observer to both the study committee and the drafting committee of the Uniform Law Commission’s considered revision to the Uniform Determination of Death Act. He is a member of the California Department of Public Health Human Stem Cell Research Advisory Committee. He has published extensively on research ethics, end-of-life care, organ transplantation, and AI. His publications have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, Science, and Nature Biotechnology. In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Magnus has been a frequent contributor to the media and has appeared on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and many other programs.

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Learn more about the event and the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society.