Research Integrity

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The Garvan Institute is committed to the key principles of scientific research:

  • Honesty and integrity in all aspects of research
  • Accountability in the conduct of research
  • Professional courtesy and fairness in working with others
  • Respect for human research participants and animals used in research
  • Appropriate acknowledgement of the role of others in research
  • Good stewardship of public funds used to conduct research, and
  • Responsible communication of research results to others

The principles that govern scientific research are explained in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007), and are applied by Garvan in the conduct of its research programs. All Garvan staff, students and visiting scientists are required to adhere to this Code.

The Garvan Institute seeks to:

  • Foster integrity in the practice of scientific research by taking appropriate remedial action in cases of research misconduct; and
  • Promote the integrity of the scientific literature by correcting errors whether they are accidental or deliberate.

If anyone, whether associated or not with the institute, has any concerns about possible research misconduct by Garvan researchers they should contact a Designated Person (see below) who has the formal role of receiving such concerns and initiating a preliminary review.

Garvan Institute staff seeking further information or advice in relation to concerns relating to research misconduct should contact the institute’s Adviser in Research Integrity (see below).


Adviser in Research Integrity

Garvan has appointed an Adviser in Research Integrity who can give confidential advice about what constitutes misconduct in research and options open to a potential complainant.

The Institute’s adviser (as at December 2013) is:

Dr Marie Dziadek – Chief Scientific Officer


Research Misconduct Designated Persons

An allegation of research misconduct is made to a Designated Person, whose role is to advise the Executive Director (or other designated Deciding Official) whether the allegation can be dismissed or whether further action is required.

The Designated Person has the authority to review the allegation, together with any evidence presented, and obtain additional information if required for an initial assessment to be made. Allegations will only be dismissed if the Designated Person believes, with a high degree of confidence, that research misconduct has not occurred.

If the allegation cannot be dismissed, the Designated Person will advise the Executive Director (or other designated Deciding Official) to establish investigations necessary to substantiate or refute the allegations, as outlined in Garvan’s Research Misconduct Policy.

The Institute’s Designated Persons (as at May 2014) are:


Background Information

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007)