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Asian Visitors Eager to Emulate Our Research Ethics Program

Earlier this year, UC San Diego hosted representatives from Taiwan and Korea, here to learn about the role of research-ethics education in promoting a culture of research integrity. The first visit was in January, with Dr. Benjamin Kuo, doctor of public health and professor at National Yang-Ming University in Taipei. Kuo is a member of several national policy-making committees in Taiwan and hopes to make use of what he learned during his two-day visit with the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program to develop and establish national policies and programs.

The visit was organized by Dr. Camille Nebeker, a new assistant professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine now working with our program. “It was an honor to be of assistance to Dr. Kuo and the Taiwan Ministry of Education,” Nebeker said. “I appreciated the opportunity to learn about research practices in Taiwan and look forward to working with Dr. Kuo in the future.”

UC San Diego’s Research Ethics Program

Earlier this year, UC San Diego’s Research Ethics Program, led by Michael Kalichman, hosted representatives from Taiwan and Korea, here to learn about the role of research-ethics education in promoting a culture of research integrity.

This wasn’t the first time the Ethics Program has hosted visitors from another country here to learn about research integrity. In January 2013, the program was honored to host 10 Korean visitors who had selected UC San Diego as the place they would spend a week to learn about research integrity.

It was even more of an honor that Korean leaders soon chose to send a second delegation, this time of 11 Koreans, to join the program for a week. The nation of Korea has been very focused in recent years on creating regulations, policies, guidelines and programs to foster a national culture of research integrity. UC San Diego has the distinction of playing an important role in helping them shape their approach.

Michael Kalichman, director of the Research Ethics Program, said, “At UC San Diego, we believe we should teach research ethics not just because we are required to do so, but because it is the right thing to do. As a result, we have been recognized internationally as leaders in the study and development of research integrity programs. One benefit has been to meet and work with visionary leaders from countries such as Taiwan and Korea.”