Michael W. Kalichman, Ph.D.

Michael W. Kalichman, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Director of the UCSD Research Ethics Program
  • Ph.D. - University of Toronto, 1980

Research Interests

My research career began in the neurosciences with a focus on neuropharmacology, neurophysiology, and neuropathology.  However beginning in the early 1990s, the focus of my career shifted to the field of research ethics.  My NIH-funded research interests now center on questions of how best to protect and promote research integrity.  This means that I conduct studies to better understand the goals, approaches, and effectiveness of research ethics education.

Representative Publications

  1. Kalichman MW (2009): Evidence-based research ethics. The American Journal of Bioethics 9(6&7): 85-87.
  2. Kalichman MW, Plemmons DK (2007): Reported Goals for Responsible Conduct of Research Courses. Academic Medicine, 82(9):846-852.
  3. Kalichman MW (2007): Responding to challenges in educating for the responsible conduct of research. Academic Medicine 82(9): 870-875.
  4. Kalichman MW (2006): Ethics and Science: A 0.1% solution. Issues in Science and Technology Fall: 34-36.
  5. Hinman L, Snyder EY, Kalichman MW (2006): Can Science Resolve the Ethical Impasse in Stem Cell Research? Nature Biotechnology 24, 4 (April).
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Dr. Kalichman is the founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program (  Since 1988, he has taught multiple seminars and courses to help UCSD Training Grant Program Directors comply with NIH requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research.  Kalichman has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for both national and international workshops and advisory groups, including panels and conferences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health, and the Office of Research Integrity.  With Francis Macrina of Virginia Commonwealth University, he has taught numerous courses for instructors of research ethics courses.  He is project director for a Web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research ( and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and the standards of conduct in research.  Kalichman is also the founding and past president for the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Consortium (RCREC), which is now part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.  He is a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology ( for the San Diego region and founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium ( .

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