Vision and Objectives

The APRI Network will further multi-national awareness, understanding and opportunities for collaboration.

For the long-term vision, this is an essential next step in the creation of a sustainable, robust international partnership that will promote research integrity in the region.

While improving management of research misconduct is a nominal goal, fostering better communication, sharing of resources and identifying opportunities for collaboration can serve as a foundation for a proactive approach – an approach that focuses on mechanisms to create environments in which it would be difficult, if not impossible, for research misconduct to occur.

To achieve the goal of enhanced research integrity, we propose three objectives:
  1. Articulate differences as well as areas of common ground
  2. Identify best or recommended practices
  3. Identify opportunities for research or collaboration

Origin and History

Why Focus on Asian and Pacific Rim Universities and Research Institutes?

" Having made tremendous progress in expanding access to higher education, the leading countries of Asia are focused on an even more challenging goal: building universities that can compete with the finest in the world. The governments of China, India, Singapore, and South Korea are explicitly seeking to elevate some of their universities to this exalted status because they recognize the important role that university-based scientific research has played in driving economic growth in the United States, Europe, and Japan. "
— Prof. Richard C. Levin, Former President, Yale University

The impact of Asian and Pacific Rim countries in research is compelling in terms of both population (>50% of world population; CIA, 2015) and publication. Among the top 50 countries, the US leads at about 20% of total publications, but 13 of the other 49 countries are Asian and Pacific Rim nations, contributing an additional 32% (SCIMago, 2015) of all publications. As of 2013, approximately 40% of global R&D expenditure came from this region (NSF, 2016).

The concept of an APRI network emerged in early 2013. Recognizing the extent of research collaboration across the region and the need for discussion around commonalities and differences in handling allegations of research misconduct and providing education, then Director of the Research Integrity Program at the University of Hawaii, Zoë Hammatt, in partnership with the US Office of Research Integrity (ORI), began planning a regional conference.

Ms. Hammatt and ORI convened an initial, informal gathering of representatives of the region during the Third World Conference on Research Integrity (WCRI) in Montreal in April 2013. When Ms. Hammatt accepted a position as Director of Education and Integrity at ORI in 2014, she obtained approvals to cosponsor a planning committee meeting with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in February 2015. Ms. Hammatt and Mr. Eric Mah, then the UCSF RIO, invited nine regional representatives to formally establish the network and help plan for a larger meeting the following year. The first meeting of the APRI Network was hosted at UC San Diego in February 2016, and the first APRI meeting in Asia was hosted at the University of Hong Kong in February 2017.

A number of working groups, including the one for meeting planning, were established in Hong Kong. Professor Ovid Tzeng, Academia Sinica, and Dr. Cheng-Chen Chen, Vice Chancellor of the University System of Taiwan, then collaborated with Dr. Kalichman and the Meeting working group and Planning Committee to host the APRI 2018 meeting in Taipei. 175 delegates came from 20 countries in Asia and the Pacific, North America, and Europe. The fourth APRI meeting was originally planned to be held in Seoul, Korea in 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the APRI meeting was held, for the first time, online in February 2021 under the guidance of four co-chair persons, Professor Chang-Sub Uhm, Korea University, Dr. Daniel Bar, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Ms. Hammatt, and Dr. Kalichman, and with the leadership and commitment of Professor In Jae Lee, Seoul National University of Education as the head of the local organizing committee.

Program Planning Committee

Daniel Barr
Principal Research Integrity Advisor,
RMIT University, Melbourne
Jennifer Byrne
Professor, University of Sydney
Danny Chan
Professor, School of Biomedical
Sciences, LKS Faculty of Medicine,
The University of Hong Kong
De Ming Chau
Senior Lecturer,
Universiti Putra Malaysia,Selangor
Cheng-Chen Chen
Adjunct Professor,
Department of
Tropical Medicine,
National Yang Ming
Chiao Tung University, Taipei
Chien Chou
Chair Professor, Institute of
Education/Center for Teacher
Education, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taipei
Jun Fudano
<Local Lead>
Professor, Center for Higher Education Studies,
Waseda University, Tokyo
Susan Garfinkel
Associate Vice President for Research Compliance,
The Ohio State University, Columbus
Zoë Hammatt
President, Z Consulting, LLC,
Research Integrity Consultation & Writing Services, Honolulu
Iekuni Ichikawa
<Program Chair>
Executive Director,
Association for
the Promotion of Research
Integrity (APRIN), Tokyo
Michael Kalichman
Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego
El-Nasir Lalani
Professor Emeritus, Centre for
Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell
Research, The Aga Khan University,
In Jae Lee
Professor, Seoul National University of
Education (SNUE)
Li Tang
Professor, School of International
Relations and Public Affairs,
Fudan University, Shanghai
Eric Mah
Associate Dean, University of
California, San Diego
Prasit Palittapongarnpim
Professor, Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok
Mai Har Sham
Professor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Surendranath S. Shastri
University of Texas MD
Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Ovid J. L. Tzeng
Academician and Distinguished Research Fellow,
Academia Sinica, Taipei
Chang-Sub Uhm
Professor, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul
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