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Research Integrity Officer Position

Published October 26, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

After serving as Washington University’s Research Integrity Officer (RIO) for the past eleven years, Aubrey Morrison, MBBS, MACP, has announced he will relinquish this position at the end of this fiscal year, effective June 30, 2018.

To recruit a successor of the highest caliber, we are seeking nominations for a new RIO. Click here to see the position profile. Nominations or interested individuals should submit their names to Aleatha Harris in my office. Please include a CV with self-nominations. If you have questions about the position, please contact me or Aubrey.

Aubrey assumed the role of Washington University’s first RIO and dedicated Chair of the Committee on Research Integrity (CRI) in 2006, while retaining clinical responsibilities in the Renal Division in the Department of Medicine where he holds the title of Professor of Medicine, as well as Professor of Developmental Biology, and Pharmacology. Prior to Aubrey’s appointment as RIO, the CRI was chaired by senior faculty on a rotating basis

A kidney specialist, Aubrey’s career at Washington University spans over 40 years. His research has focused on chronic renal disease, and the triggers and mechanisms contributing to inflammatory processes in the body. His research on the COX-2 enzyme contributed to the development of a class of drugs commonly prescribed for arthritis and cancer. Aubrey’s work also led to clinical warnings on the risk of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) in patients with severe renal injury or illness. In recognition of his work, Aubrey received the Award of Excellence from the National Kidney Foundation of Missouri in 2011. He was named a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2012, in addition to receiving the American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Sciences as related to Medicine – the first person from Washington University School of Medicine to receive this award. He was the recipient of the Renal Division’s Teaching Award in 2014, and has been recognized as one of the Best Doctors in America for over a decade. Aubrey recently was honored by the Washington University Faculty Alumni Association by receiving a 2016 Faculty Achievement Award.

As Co-Director of the Renal Division’s Fellowship Training Program (2008-2011), and having mentored numerous fellows and physician-scientists over his illustrious career at Washington University, Aubrey is recognized by students and colleagues alike as thorough, objective, fair and ever vigilant in his commitment to quality research. As such, he was the ideal choice for the role of Washington University’s first RIO.

Aubrey has presided over dozens of research misconduct proceedings, and has effectively addressed numerous inquiries from faculty, students, postdocs and staff related to various aspects of research ethics, including authorship and publication, collaborative research, and the mentor-mentee relationship. He provides regular instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research, including the University’s PERCSS program. He is well respected by the CRI members, the research community, and University leadership.

Please join me in offering our sincere gratitude to Aubrey for his years of service and leadership as RIO for Washington University.

Jennifer K. Lodge, PhD
Professor, Molecular Microbiology
Associate Dean for Research
Vice Chancellor for Research
Washington University in St. Louis​​