Webinar: Responsible Conduct of Research: What IRBs Need to Know

Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET

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Integrity and the proper conduct of research are essential for the advancement of science and to maintain continued public trust in the research enterprise. While the US federal mandates concerning the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) primarily require institutions to provide training in specific topic areas, the movement to enhance integrity in research has grown worldwide. RCR principles are broad and provide scientists and scholars from every discipline with a framework of professional responsibilities. Many IRB professionals and members may not realize that “protection of human subjects” is one of the core RCR topics. What should you, as an IRB professional or IRB member, know about RCR, and how can you recognize and manage RCR issues to enhance and promote ethical research?

During this webinar, speakers will provide IRB professionals and IRB members with foundational knowledge to help connect the dots between human subjects protections and RCR principles. Topics will include:

  • An overview of RCR, including the core topic areas (scientists as responsible citizens, mentor/mentee relationships, authorship, conflicts of interest, collaborative research issues, data management, use of vertebrate animals and human subjects, peer review, and misconduct); and emerging research integrity issues, such as reproducibility and the effects of institutional culture
  • The importance of RCR on a global and local level, including key principles from various international and institutional research codes of conduct, the difference between compliance and integrity, and the relationship between ethics and high-quality research
  • An examination of cases in human subjects research that have RCR implications
  • Tips for IRBs on how to spot RCR issues during review of noncompliance, the research record, and amendments; and tips on coordination and collaboration with other institutional bodies and staff around issues of ethics and integrity

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the federal RCR mandates and other international codes for responsible research practices
  • Learn how to recognize and handle research integrity matters that pertain to human subjects research
  • Leverage your Quality Improvement (QI) program to mitigate RCR issues that are most relevant to human subjects research

Who should attend?

IRB professionals, IRB members, research coordinators, and research administrators who are unfamiliar with or would like a refresher on RCR principles, will benefit from attending this webinar.

Continuing Education

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Fariba HoumanFariba Houman, PhD, CIP is a research compliance officer who provides guidance and training to the research community on research integrity, compliance, and export control issues, and has responsibility for creating or updating policies related to data management, authorship, and research misconduct. Prior to joining Boston Children’s Hospital, Fariba directed the human research protections program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and served as associate director of the human subjects administration office at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, where she began her administrative career as project manager in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases. Fariba received a PhD in microbiology and molecular biology from Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences. After completing a Jane Coffin Childs postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Biological Laboratories, she conducted bench research for eight years at Cubist Pharmaceuticals and Microbia Inc., two Boston-area antimicrobial biotechnology companies. Fariba is a past Fellow of the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, and is fluent in three languages.

Julie SimpsonJulie F. Simpson, PhD is the director of research integrity services at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and an affiliate assistant professor of college teaching and of education. She administers UNH’s human subjects protections, humane care and use of vertebrate animals, and RCR and scholarly activity programs, and is UNH’s research integrity officer. Her office is also responsible for UNH’s financial conflict of interest in research (FCOIR) and HIPAA programs. She is a member of UNH’s IRB, IACUC, RCR committee, and radiation safety committee. She has participated in research misconduct inquiries and investigations at UNH and a sister institution. Each year she co-teaches GRAD 930: Ethics in Research and Scholarship, a cross-disciplinary graduate seminar. She was the UNH project director for an ORI grant to develop web-based RCR training materials, and administered UNH’s ORI/Council of Graduate School’s RCR grant. She has presented IRB and RCR workshops across New England, and regularly presents in UNH classes on a variety of research integrity topics. She is a member of PRIM&R's Education Committee, has served on PRIM&R’s SBER and AER conference planning committees, and in 2013 delivered a webinar for PRIM&R on ethical issues in qualitative research.

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