Integrity in Research Series

The protection of human subjects and animals are cornerstones of research ethics, but they are only part of a larger group of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) principles. Ethical research and scholarship requires awareness of and attention to issues such as authorship, proper data management, collaboration and mentorship, and fiscal responsibility.

These principles span disciplinary boundaries, and although the core RCR issues are timeless, new challenges are continuously emerging. Effective oversight of human subjects research and that done with animals requires an understanding of RCR principles and how noncompliance and research misconduct intersect and overlap.

These three Integrity in Research courses will provide oversight professionals, administrators, investigators, and research personnel with the background and knowledge to recognize RCR issues and potential pitfalls, to better ensure the ethical conduct of research and scholarship.

NEW!Responsible Conduct of Research: Concepts and Cases

What are the guiding principles for scientific research and scholarship? Responsible conduct of research (RCR) principles are broad, interdisciplinary guidelines that provide common language about ethical considerations that scientists and scholars encounter during the course of their work. A fundamental guideline is "Protection of Human Subjects," but there are many others. Through the use of case studies, RCR Concepts and Cases explores the responsible conduct of research by highlighting historical events as well as emerging issues, such as the "reproducibility crisis," considerations in big data research, social responsibility, and current and future challenges of concern to oversight professionals. A few of the questions we will examine include: What keeps researchers honest? Whose responsibility is it to ensure that research is performed ethically? What happens when it isn’t? This program provides an overview of RCR, along with interactive discussion of case studies and current events.

To learn more about Responsible Conduct of Research: Concepts and Cases , download a sample agenda for the half-day or full-day course options

What Past Participants Are Saying

Very effective. Worked off each other and the expertise of each complimented the other. Presentation and information presented were relevant and informative, not to mention a few entertaining pieces thrown in.

This course was great. It was the highlight of this conference for me. Both Instructors were engaging, and managed to lead a very effective, and interactive morning.

Excellent information presented in an effective and memorable way.

This is a great introductory course on RCR. The course should help IRB Administrators understand the difference between the requirements for RCR and noncompliance.

NEW!Establishing an Effective Research Ethics
Education Program

Research ethics education is sometimes mandated, and almost always a good idea. However, there is little consistency among training requirements (where they exist) and among responsible conduct of research (RCR) educational programs. This course will provide an overview of RCR training requirements, and current best practices, and an introduction to the many resources available for building an RCR educational program. Participants will learn what elements of RCR education have been shown to be effective, and how to determine if a program is successful. Some key elements for creating a sustainable program include determining your institution’s needs and resources, and deciding whether your program should meet or go beyond existing regulatory requirements. How can you obtain buy-in from your stakeholders? How can your program not only ensure compliance, but go further to create a climate of responsible research?

Establishing an Effective RCR Education Program is offered as a half-day workshop. The content is effective as a stand-alone course, or can be offered in conjunction with any of our other AYD offerings, including IRB 101sm, IRB 201, IRB 250, Putting Together the HRPP Puzzle, Responsible Conduct of Research: Concepts and Cases, and Ethical Study Design is Good Science.

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NEW!Ethical Study Design is Good Science

Identification of ethical issues raised by human research studies is often thought to be the responsibility of the IRB, and largely unrelated to the design of the study. Many of the study design decisions made by research teams carry direct ethical implications, however, and ideally study design incorporates ethical considerations. This interactive workshop will examine the pivotal points of research design and the ethical questions that should be addressed at each step of the way. Through discussion, activities, and case studies, participants will learn to recognize potential ethical pitfalls, and analyze how addressing ethical concerns at various stages of study design can improve the science of the study.

Ethical Study Design is Good Science is designed to be offered as a half-day workshop, as a stand-alone offering or in conjunction with any of our other AYD offerings, including IRB 101sm, IRB 201, IRB 250, Putting Together the HRPP Puzzle, Establishing an Effective RCR Education Program, and RCR Concepts and Cases.

To learn more about Ethical Study Design is Good Science, download a sample agenda.

What Past Participants Are Saying

This was a fantastic session with a clear justification for why ethical research design is important as well as practical tools and concrete examples of how to implement ethical study design. I really, really enjoyed this session.