Office of Research Integrity and Outreach

Research Integrity Symposium

                Greetings from Maine

Simultaneous with the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC)

Date:         May 19 & 20, 2016

Time:         Thursday 12 PM - 5 PM; Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Location:   Westin Portland Harborview

157 High Street · Portland, Maine, 04101 • Phone: 207-775-5411

The University of Southern Maine, Office of Research Integrity and Outreach (ORIO) invites you to present your work in the fields of Regulatory Compliance, Research Integrity, Institutional Review Board (IRB), Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC), at our upcoming Symposium on Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th, 2016 to be held at the Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine. This year the Symposium is expanding to a half‐day on Thursday with an intensive session on Regulatory Compliance as well as the annual meeting of the Research Integrity Officers Roundtable. Friday will feature a full day of workshops across these fields, including for the first‐time a selection of one‐hour, peer‐reviewed presentations. In addition, for the first time the Symposium will feature poster presentations. The Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Maine Regulatory Training and Ethics Center (MeRTEC).

Presentation proposals will be peer reviewed for content, quality, anticipated audience appeal, and fit with the 2016 Research Integrity Symposium topical themes of:

  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC)
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Research Integrity

The Symposium Planning Committee is interested in seeing a diversity of work across these fields from researchers, doctoral candidates, and others to bring a breadth of information to our participants. You can review the Symposium information on‐line and submit a poster or session proposal at:

Call for proposals on-line form, due February 12, 2016

           MS Word version of proposal

Vendor form; due April 28, 2016



Symposium 2013 Program

Symposium 2014 Program

Symposium 2015 Program

 Thursday: $125 (space is limited)

New in 2016 will be two half-day sessions:

Friday: $175

  • Track A: Institutional Review Board (IRB)- peer reviewed
  • Track B: Regulatory Compliance
  • Track C: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) - peer reviewed
                  Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) - peer reviewed
  • Track D: Environmental Health and Safety
  • Track E: Research Integrity - peer reviewed

Thursday and Friday: $250

Phone: 207.780.4517   E-mail:  Fax: 207-228-8329

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” Albert Einstein


Location & Accommodations

The Westin Portland Harborview features an ideal location in the heart of the vibrant Arts District in downtown Portland. Step outside and discover the many things to do in Portland, Maine including the Portland Museum of Art, the State Theatre, Cross Insurance Arena and more. A short walk takes you to Portland’s Old Port district and Casco Bay.  Two minute tour of Greater Portland (YouTube)

Traditional single/double room $159 a night (9% tax), until April 19, 2016 at 5:00 PM

Make reservations on line!


  • Valet and Self-Parking for Overnight Guests is available for $24.00 per night.  Overnight guests are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to use the self-parking option as it will minimize delays in accessing your vehicle at the close of the Symposium day.  Hotel guests will have in-and-out privileges when they self-park in the attached garage. 
  • Symposium participants not staying overnight may park in the garage for the typical hourly fee. 

Transportation/Area Shuttle

  • Complimentary airport shuttle to and from the Portland International Jetport is available for our guests.  Please call 207.775.5411 to make arrangements.
  • Complimentary downtown shuttle for hotel guests based on availability from 5am - 11pm on weekdays and 5am – 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Directions

Getting to Portland Maine


Substitution/Cancellation Policy

Please notify the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach of any substitutions in writing. The appropriate registration fee will be applied to a substitute attendee.

A refund (minus a $20 cancellation fee) will be given for conference cancellations received in writing by the Office of Research Integrity and Outreach. Refunds will not be given for cancellations received no later than Friday, April 28, 2016 5:00 PM EST. Cancellations must be in writing. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted:

Financial Aid Policy

The University of Southern Maine’s (USM) Office of Research Integrity and Outreach waives the registration fee for USM students, USM faculty, USM staff, board members, and symposium presenters.

Waiver of registration fee is considered on a case by case basis. Deadline to request a registration waiver/scholarship is Friday, April 28, 2016 by 5:00 PM EST. Please contact us with the following information:

Name, Phone number, Email
Briefly describe your need for a registration waiver/scholarship