Invited Speakers (international)

Short Bios

Nicholas H. Steneck, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of History and Director of the Research Ethics and Integrity Program at the University of Michigan, and a former consultant to the US Federal Office of Research Integrity. In 2007 he organized and co-chaired the first World Conference on Research Integrity in Lisbon and the second World Conference on Research Integrity in Singapore. Dr Steneck studies the history of research misconduct policy, responsible conduct of research instruction, the use of animals in research, classified research and academic freedom, the role of values in university research, and research on research integrity.

Elizabeth (Liz) Wager (PhD) is a freelance medical writer and editor and for 4 years was chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), a forum where over 7000 editors and publishers of peer-reviewed journals can discuss all aspects of publication ethics and how to deal with misconduct. She is the author or co-author of books on publication strategy, peer review and ethical publication guidelines for the pharmaceutical industry, medical writers, and Blackwell Scientific. She has taught training courses for doctors, journal editors and medical writers all over the world and now has her own company, Sideview.


Sabine Kleinert  (MD, PhD) is Senior Executive Editor of the prestigious medical journal The Lancet and co-chair of COPE. She is co-chair of the committee to organize the Fourth World Conference on Research Integrity (2016). She is trained as a pediatrician, specializing in pediatric cardiology.


Ana Marušić (PhD) teaches the principles of research methodology and scientific communication to undergraduates and was editor in chief of the Croatian Medical Journal for 20 years.  She is Professor of Anatomy and Chair of the Department of Research in Biomedicine and Health at the University of Split School of Medicine (Croatia), where she created the first Croatian public registry of clinical trials. Her research is focused on the immune and bone systems and she now edits the new Journal of Global Health.

Linda Nielsen is chair of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO and also evaluates social, legal and ethical aspects of EU biotech projects. She is vice chair of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE) Professor of Law at the University of Copenhagen and has also chaired the Danish Council of Ethics and the Nordic Committee of Bioethics.

Jane Robbins is an historian and institutional analyst of patent and conflict-of-interest policy regulating university-industry-government relations. She has been an information services entrepreneur and a consultant in the information, energy, transportation, and finance industries.

Miguel Roig (PhD) focuses on responsible conduct of research, with special emphasis on the problems of plagiarism and other ethically questionable writing and authorship practices from the perspective of writers and policy makers. He is professor of psychology at St Johns University.

Debra Mathews (PhD) carries out her academic work on ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies, with particular focus on human genetics, stem cell research and neuroscience. Trained in biology and bioethics, Dr Mathews is Assistant Director for Science Programs at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics.

Ivan Oransky (MD) co-founded the irreverent and widely read blog Retraction Watch in 2010 and teaches medical journalism at New York University´s Carter Journalism Institute. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at NYU and also executive editor at the international news agency Reuters Health.

Harold Garner (PhD) has founded several biotech companies and now develops projects in applied computational biology, advanced instrumentation, genetics, genomics, and proteomics, among others. He developed the search tool eTBLAST and the database DejaVu for detecting and recording duplications, and now at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, maintains an active interest in publication ethics.

Donald McCabe (PhD) is interested in academic integrity, not only in the corporate world but especially among college undergraduates and high school students. He is co-founder and Director of the Center for Academic Integrity, a consortium of over 300 schools. He teaches at Rutgers University Business School.

Susan Zimmerman is a lawyer whose career has focused on health law and public policy. For the last six years she has been Executive Director of Canada´s Research Ethics secretariat, and was recently involved in re-writing the code for responsible conduct of research to make it tougher.

Rüdiger Klein (PhD) deals with “science in society” issues and the design of collaborative arrangements to preserve different cultural values for partners in Europe and Asia. He is an evaluator and science policy advisor for the European Science Foundation and executive director of ALLEA (ALL European Academies), the federation of national academies from 40 European countries.

Brazilian Speakers

Paulo Beirão (PhD) is director for biological and health sciences at the National Research Council (CNPq). He has a long history of service as science policy advisor to state and national research agencies and has been president of the Brazilian societies for Biochemistry and for Biophysics. His research at the Federal University of Minas Gerais focuses on electrophysiology of ion channels.

José Roberto Lapa e Silva (MD, PhD) is Coordinator of the graduate program in clinical medicine at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and serves as the University´s liaison with the US National Institutes of Health. His research is in pulmonology.

José Carlos C.S. Pinto (PhD) is Associate Director of Technology and Innovation at UFRJ´s Alberto Luiz Coimbra Institute for Graduate Studies and Research in Engineering (COPPE), where he teaches and works on polymers and polymerization processes. He is also Executive Director of COPPETEC, a non-profit foundation that administers annually ~1400 projects that public institutions undertake through contracts with private and public companies and organizations.

Anibal Gil Lopes (MD, PhD) is a member of the National Committee for Research Ethics (CONEP). An ordained priest and a biophysicist, he has published extensively on ion transport and volume regulation in the kidney.

Rogerio Meneghini (PhD) is co-founder of SciELO, a curated, online library of over 250 Brazilian journals. Trained as a chemist and biochemist and formerly director of the National Synchrotron Light laboratory for structural molecular biology in Campinas, he currently focuses on science communication and science indicators, particularly in emerging countries.


Carlos Henrique de Brito-Cruz (PhD), formerly director of the Physics Institute as well as Rector of the State University of Campinas and president of the research foundation of São Paulo (FAPESP), is currently scientific director of FAPESP, which processes close to 20,000 proposals a year.

Abel Packer (MLIS) advises the Federal University of São Paulo Foundation (FAP-UNIFESP) on communications and information technology and coordinates SciELO, the online library of Brazilian journals. A strong advocate of open access, until 2010 he was director of BIREME, the Latin-American/Caribbean Center for Information in Health Sciences, an affiliate of the Pan-American and World Health Organizations.

Ricardo Bacelar was recently instrumental in drafting a set of guidelines for combatting plagiarism. In the Brazilian Order of Lawyers, he is Inspector General in the Ceará chapter and sits on the Federal Council. He teaches international law at the University of Fortaleza.

Claude Pirmez (MD, PhD) is Vice-President for Research and Laboratories of Reference at Fiocruz and associate editor of Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, one of Brazil´s highest-impact journals. She specializes in the immunopathology of leishmaniosis.

Sonia Vasconcelos (PhD) organized the first BRISPE in 2010 and is coordinator of II BRISPE. She participated in the First and Second World Conferences on Research Integrity (Lisbon, 2007 and Singapore, 2010). She is studying the impact of international research integrity policies on Brazilian undergraduate and graduate programs and teaches science communication, research integrity and ethical publication practices in the Institute for Medical Biochemistry at UFRJ.

Hélio Leães Hey (PhD) presides over the National Forum for Vice-Chancellors of Research and Graduate Studies at universities all over Brazil (FOPROP), and he also holds this post at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). He is vice-president of the Council of the Foundation of Research of the Rio Grande do Sul State (FAPERGS).


 Ricardo Timm de Souza (PhD) coordinates the Office of Research Ethics at PUCRS, where he teaches at the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities and leads the research group ‘Levinas - Ethics and Contemporaneity’. 


Marli Elizabeth Ritter dos Santos (PhD) has spent 5 years as coordinator of the National Forum for Administrators of Innovation and Technology Transfer (FORTEC) and currently directs the Technology Transfer Office at PUCRS, where she teaches at the Faculty of Business and Administration. She is a member of the board of directors of ANPEI, an organization designed to stimulate innovation in the public and private sectors.

 José Roberto Goldim (PhD) heads the Bioethics Division at Porto Alegre´s largest hospital and publishes on bioethics and science ethics. He teaches at two medical schools, PUCRS and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, UFRGS.

Paulo Vinicius Sporleder de Souza (PhD) directs the PUCRS Institute of Bioethics and serves as president of the state bioethics society (SORBI). He specializes in legal aspects of medical, genetic and environmental subjects related to prisoners; bioethics, and human rights.He teaches at the PUCRS Law School.

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