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ACTRI Leader Mah Honored for Integrity

April 24, 2018

Eric Mah Executive Director of Clinical Research Operations

Eric Mah, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Medicine

Eric Mah, Assistant Dean for Clinical and Translational Medicine, has received the 2018 UC San Diego Annual Integrity Award. The awards program recognizes individuals, departments, organizational units and students who have made outstanding contributions in support of UC San Diego's commitment to integrity. Mah was specifically recognized for “actively promoting integrity locally and internationally, through institutional efforts, mentoring, and social justice.”

“Now more than ever integrity matters to build trust with others—locally, nationally, and internationally. As a public university and academic medical center we cannot take the public’s trust for granted,” Mah said. “I am honored and grateful to be a member of the UC San Diego community.”

At UC San Diego, Mah is responsible for clinical research administration across Health Sciences and has administrative oversight of the clinical research administrative core units, including UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI), the Office of Clinical Trials Administration (OCTA), the Office of Coverage Analysis Administration (OCAA), and the Human Research Protections Program (HRPP). He is also responsible for ACTRI affiliations and strategic and operational management. Mah has extensive experience in research administration and compliance.

“We congratulate Eric on this well-deserved honor and are very lucky to have him at UC San Diego. He has played a critical role bringing stakeholders together to solve problems related to clinical research, and this work is admired locally and nationally. Eric has also been an ardent advocate for diversity and underrepresented staff and faculty at UC San Diego Health,” said Gary S. Firestein, MD, director of ACTRI and dean and associate vice chancellor of translational medicine at UC San Diego.

A review committee comprised of faculty, staff, and student/alumni representatives evaluated nominations and recommended award recipients. The nomination for Mah noted that he has engaged with the international ethics community and promoted UC San Diego as an institution that values ethics and integrity. His nomination also noted that “…he has served on the planning committees for the Asian Pacific Research Integrity Network whose mission is to build capacity and share best practices in research ethics in the Asia Pacific region…On a local level, he has advocated for more gender and ethnic diversity on various leadership committees and serves as a strong voice supporting underrepresented staff and faculty in Health Sciences.”

Mah was among 10 honorees who received the award during a ceremony April 18 at the Student Services Center. View the complete list

About UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute:

UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI) is part of a national Clinical and Translational Science Award consortium, led by the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Science. Established in 2010, ACTRI provides infrastructure and support for basic, translational and clinical research throughout the San Diego region to bring discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside, and facilitates training and education of the next generation of researchers. ACTRI carries out its activities in collaboration with institutional and corporate partners and currently has more than 1,500 members.