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Professor of Methodology and Integrity

Amsterdam University Medical Centers | Department of Epidemiology and Data Science | Amsterdam Public Health research institute

Vrije Universiteit | Faculty of Humanities | Department of Philosophy

 

Short Biography

Lex Bouter was born in Rotterdam in 1956. After obtaining a MSc degree in Medical Biology at Utrecht University in 1982, he lectured at teacher training colleges in Tilburg and Utrecht. In 1984 he joined Maastricht University, where he was trained as an epidemiologist and obtained his PhD. In 1988 he published a textbook on epidemiology of which the eighth Dutch edition and the second English edition will appear in 2022 and 2023 respectively.

In 1992 Bouter took up a tenured position as Professor of Epidemiology and became Scientific Director of the EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam (1992-2006). He was Editor (1996-2002) and Editor-in-Chief (2002-2006) of the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group.

From 2001 until 2006 he additionally chaired of one of the six divisions at the VU University Medical Center. He was president of the Netherlands Epidemiological Society (1996-1997), member of the Health Council of the Netherlands (2001-2013), vice-chair and chief methodologist of the Dutch Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects (2001-2013), and chair of the program committee of the Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (2009-2018) and chair of the Committee for Health Research on Disasters COVID-19 (since 2021) of Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, and chair of the program committee for Replication Studies (since 2016) of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

From 2006 until 2013 he was Rector Magnificus of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In this function he focused on the formation of interdisciplinary research institutes. As rector Lex pleaded for attention for the societal impact of research and became interested in the dilemmas around research integrity.

In 2014 his tenured professorship was broadened to Methodology and Integrity. He is currently involved in teaching and research regarding responsible research practices. In 2017 Bouter was appointed as member of the Council for Medical Research of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2017 he organized and co-chaired the 5th World Conference on Research Integrity in Amsterdam and became chair of the World Conferences on Research Integrity Foundation.

Lex Bouter is author or co-author of 735 scientific publications contained in the Web of Science, which have been cited more than 75,000 times leading to a WoS h-index of 132 and a Google Scholar h-index of 179. He has supervised 77 PhD students, of whom to date 17 were appointed as professor.

 

 

 

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