Fellows and guests are invited to attend the Joint Academies Dinner for Victoria to be held on Wednesday 22 August 2018
Recently, it has become apparent that self-regulation has not worked well in the church or in the financial sector. Like the clergy and bankers, researchers are human, so it is inevitable that some of them will sometimes do the wrong thing, either to members of their own profession or the public. In any complex system, good governance requires oversight that is qualified and independent. In Australia, researchers must abide by the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, which has just been revised.
The new Code allows all investigations to be conducted internally, and must be in secret. In this talk Professor Vaux will give some examples of where research governance in Australia has not worked, and why, unlike Australia, over 20 European countries, the UK, USA, and now China, have established national offices for research integrity
Professor David Vaux AO FAA FAHMS is Deputy Director of The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI). After graduating MBBS from Melbourne University, and obtaining a PhD from WEHI, he worked as a post-doc at Stanford University, before returning to Australia in 1993.
His research field is the molecular biology of physiological cell death. He helped identify and characterise two families of cell death inhibitors, which underpinned the development of new classes of cancer therapies that work by activating the cell death machinery in cancer cells.
He was awarded the Burnet Medal from the Australian Academy of Science (2010), and the Victoria Prize for Science (2003). He has an interest in research integrity, and is on the Board of The Center for Scientific Integrity, the parent organization of Retraction Watch. When not conducting research, he advocates staunchly for the establishment in Australia of an office or ombudsman for research integrity.
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