Dr Belinda Westman

Assistant Director, Ethics and Integrity Section, National Health & Medical Research Council

Belinda is currently Assistant Director in the Ethics and Integrity section at the National Health and Medical Research Council. Belinda’s work over the last few years has mainly involved leading the review of the 2007 Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) and the development of the Guide to managing and investigating potential breaches of the Code 2018. More recently, Belinda has been given responsibility for NHMRC’s work in promoting the retention and progression of women in health and medical research and for overseeing the work of the Australian Research Integrity Committee. Belinda has also worked in the areas of post-award grant management and evidence-based guideline development at NHMRC. Belinda was awarded a Bronze Australia Day Medallion for her work in the Code in 2017.

Prior to her current role, Belinda was a research scientist with a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Sydney. Belinda has worked at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute in Sydney, the University of Dundee in Scotland and The Australian National University in Canberra and has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research interests included looking at the structure and function of proteins involved in gene regulation using techniques in structural and molecular biology, microscopy and proteomics.

Belinda will be co-presenting with Amy Phillips, ARC, on the topic of the Revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.