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As Associate Vice Provost for Research Compliance, Joe Giffels will serve as the University's Institutional Official responsible for financial conflict of interest. He will also assume responsibility for the outside professional work request process. He will also be UW's point person for Research Compliance, working to coordinate the efforts of the many compliance operations campus-wide, encouraging increased communication and integration of activities intended to promote research integrity. Joe Giffels graduated from Olivet College in Michigan with degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He spent the first years of his career at the lab bench in the Neurovirology Laboratories at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before moving into research administration and compliance.

Mr. Giffels has experience on both sides of sponsored research administration, serving as Director of Research and Professional Education for the Epilepsy Foundation of America in Washington, DC and as Assistant Administrator for University Affairs for the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins.

With expertise in clinical trial management, research data management, and the peer review process, he has published papers on several Responsible Conduct of Research topics and is a reviewer for the journal of Science and Engineering Ethics.

As an administrator, he has concentrated in the areas of research involving humans, research involving animals, conflict of interest in research, research misconduct, and training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. He comes to the UW following several years as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Maryland Baltimore and Director of the University's Research Integrity Office.