Free Member Webinar: Introduction to Research Misconduct

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Research misconduct can have a negative impact on researchers and research institutions. It is essential that research and oversight professionals understand how to recognize and report misconduct, and be aware of what investigations by various regulatory agencies can entail. This webinar will help regulatory professionals who work in both human subjects protections and animal care and use understand their role in the context of research misconduct. Presented by the directors of DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Office of Inspector General (OIG) Division of Research Integrity and Administrative Investigations, this introductory webinar will provide attendees with foundational knowledge about:

  • The definition of research misconduct and what is not misconduct, in NSF- and Public Health Service (PHS)-funded research
  • The misconduct investigation process at ORI and NSF
  • The possible outcomes of a finding of misconduct and the impacts for the researcher and the institution

What will I learn?

After attending this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define and recognize research misconduct in NSF- and PHS-funded research
  • Understand the misconduct investigation processes at their own institution, and when and how investigations are conducted by ORI and NSF
  • Appreciate the widespread impact of research misconduct

Who should attend?

This introductory webinar will be beneficial for IACUC, IRB, and IBC staff, chairs, and members; researchers and research staff; institutional officials; attending veterinarians; and anyone involved with responsible conduct of research education.

Continuing Education

CPIA Credit labelWebinar participants holding the Certified Professional in IACUC Administration (CPIA®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CPIA recertification. Learn More »

CIP Credit labelWebinar participants holding the Certified IRB Professional (CIP®) credential may apply 1.5 continuing education credits towards CIP recertification. Learn More »


Jim KrollJim Kroll, PhD has been the director of Research Integrity and Administrative Investigations for the NSF’s OIG since April 2001. In this role, Dr. Kroll is primarily responsible for leading the investigation and resolution of all allegations that, if substantiated, would result in administrative action rather than civil or criminal prosecution. These include allegations of: research misconduct under NSF proposals and awards; certain types of employee misconduct; violations of NSF regulations, policy or directives; improprieties in program management that cannot be practicably resolved by management itself; and other issues that are not of a civil/criminal nature. Prior to working for the OIG, Dr. Kroll served 21 years as a meteorological officer with the US Air Force. Dr. Kroll completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers University where he received his BS in meteorology in 1980. He later attended North Carolina State University where he received his MS in atmospheric sciences in 1985 and his PhD in 1988.

Kathy PartinKathy Partin, PhD was appointed as the director of the DHHS ORI in 2015, after having been in academia for twenty years. ORI oversees research misconduct processes at PHS-funded intramural and extramural research institutions, and provides education and outreach to promote research integrity at these institutions. Dr. Partin earned her undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan, and her doctorate in microbiology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She completed postdoctoral training at Duke University studying pathophysiology of HIV and the NIH National Institute of Child Health studying neurophysiology. Following her training, Dr. Partin joined the faculty of the department of biomedical sciences at Colorado State University (CSU) where she performed NIH-funded basic research. In 2007, she was appointed to the position of director of the Research Integrity and Compliance Review Office at CSU and in 2013 as the CSU Research Integrity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Research. Dr. Partin was active in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) and the Association of Research Integrity Officers (ARIO), while at CSU.

Additional Resources

A collection of relevant background reading, further reading, links, templates, checklists, and/or charts accompany each PRIM&R webinar. Groups that register for webinars receive a discussion guide containing thought-provoking questions and facilitation tips that may help in using the webinar as an educational tool for IRBs.

Background Reading:

  • National Academy of Sciences; National Academy of Engineering; Institute of Medicine; Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. (2009). Research Misconduct. In On Being a Scientist: A Guide to Responsible Conduct in Research (3rd ed.) (pp. 15-19). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi:10.17226/12192
  • Steneck, Nicholas H. (2007). ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research.


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