The Research Integrity Program enables the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research to maintain broad oversight and knowledge of all integrity and compliance issues relating to the conduct of research at the University of Louisville. This responsibility includes such issues as monitoring and making recommendations to University officials concerning: ethical, professional, federal, state and other (e.g. international) policies or requirements relating to research; the overall University infrastructure for research integrity and compliance; education and training relating to the responsible conduct of research and research integrity and compliance; policy and procedural requirements, and their implementation, relating to research misconduct and the federal Office of Research Integrity.
The Research Integrity Program directs and conducts the University’s program for education and training in the responsible conduct of research, coordinating the implementation of this effort with departments and units within the University, with the objective of ensuring that the responsible conduct of research is maintained at a high priority level in all aspects of research activities.
Staff Members of the Research Integrity Program
Director: Allison Griffin Ratterman, Ph.D.
As Director, Dr. Ratterman provides overall guidance for the Research Integrity Program at the University of Louisville. Dr. Ratterman first joined Research Integrity in its inaugural year (2001) as a Research Integrity Specialist bringing a background in biological engineering. Since 2001, she has worked to develop and enhance programs and opportunities in the Responsible Conduct of Research as well as cultivating relationships with compliance, unit and department representatives across the Institution.
Research Integrity Specialist: Caroline N. Mills, Ph.D.
Dr. Caroline Mills develops the outreach platforms (website, social media, etc.) for Research Integrity. Caroline has a special interest in the development and success of the post doctoral trainee community and works on special projects of interest to that group. In addition, Dr. Mills assists the Director in the addressing allegations of research misconduct. Dr. Mills also maintains the technical infrastructure for the project management systems for both the Research Integrity area and the iRIS system.
Research Integrity Specialist: Adrienne Dumke, M.B.A.
Ms. Adrienne Dumke monitors and assists with ensuring compliance with the University of Louisville Conflict of Interest Policies and Procedures. Adrienne collaborates on enhancements to the disclosure, review and management processes in the Conflict of Interest area. In addition, Ms. Dumke assists the Director in addressing allegations of research misconduct.
Training and Outreach Coordinator: Carla Y. Jones, B.Sc.
Ms. Carla Jones coordinates and develops outreach opportunities and seminars in the areas of the Responsible Conduct of Research. Carla collaborates with other compliance officials to develop educational materials for the overall researcher population. In addition, Ms. Jones serves as the point of contact for the research training records database and providing certifications of completed training.
iRIS System Administrator: Patrick R. Lyninger
Patrick Lyninger serves as a system administrator for the integrated Research Information System (iRIS). As part of his role, Patrick identifies and implements system improvements to increase efficiency and user satisfaction with iRIS. In addition, Patrick responds to bug reports and coordinates loading and testing of new software versions with other members of the system administration team.