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WesternU’s Ray Symposium features expert on research ethics

by Rodney Tanaka

April 7, 2016

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Western University of Health Sciences’ Ray Symposium will feature a leading voice in conducting responsible and ethical research.

The 10th Annual Ray Symposium will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall I, 701 E. Second St., Pomona, Calif. 91766. The lecture will begin at 4 p.m., with a reception to follow at 5 p.m.

Michael W. Kalichman, PhD, Professor and Founding Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program, will present “Science, Truth and the Public Trust.” Since 1988, Dr. Kalichman has taught multiple seminars and courses to help UCSD Training Grant Program Directors comply with NIH requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. He has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for national and international workshops and advisory groups, including panels and conferences for the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health and the Office of Research Integrity.

Kalichman is project director for a Web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research ( and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and the standards of conduct in research. He is also the founding and past president for the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Consortium (RCREC), which is now part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. He is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology for the San Diego region, and founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium.

The Ray Symposium, presented by the College of Pharmacy and the Interprofessional Education program, honors Max D. Ray, MS, PharmD, Dean Emeritus of the College of Pharmacy. Click here for more information and to register.


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