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HHS Office of Research Integrity Names New Director

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) has announced that Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA, will be the new Director, starting the week of March 26, 2023. Garrity is a well-respected leader in research integrity and responsible conduct of research education. Her appointment is expected to strengthen the ORI’s commitment to ensuring the highest standards of ethical responsibility in research.

Garrity’s extensive experience includes serving as the institutional Research Integrity Officer (RIO) at George Washington University. She oversaw the operations of the Office of Laboratory and Radiation Safety, the Office of Human Research, the Animal Research Facilities, and Regulatory Affairs. She was responsible for policy development, informational sessions, and the development of educational modules to assist investigators with understanding their ethical responsibilities.

Before joining George Washington University, Garrity spent over 20 years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as the director of the Division of Research Integrity and RIO. She is also a founding member and the first president of the Association for Research Integrity Officers (ARIO).