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Additional Ethics Resources

Rigor and Reproducibility Portal:
https://www.nih.gov/research-training/rigor-reproducibility

To address the issues of scientific rigor and the reproducibility of studies, the NIH has created a site that explains the principles and guidelines for enhancing the soundness of scientific research. Included is a series of training modules that can act as an in-lab component of your research ethics training at NIH. The modules are meant to be reviewed and discussed by PIs and their mentees.

Office of Research Integrity (ORI):
http://ori.hhs.gov/

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) is, in addition to being the agency that investigates cases of Extramural Research Misconduct possibly committed by those who receive NIH funding, an excellent source of further research ethics resources. These include best practice guidelines for image acquisition and manipulation  and avoiding plagiarism, tools for detecting plagiarism and image manipulation, and much more. Follow them on Twitter at @HHS_ORI for updates on ethics issues and materials.

ORI has also created a pair of interactive video modules looking at hypothetical misconduct cases in a bench laboratory and in a clinical research setting. These modules can be played from different roles within the investigations and let you explore the choices and consequences that come from making different decisions.

The Lab: (available in English, Spanish, and Japanese)
http://ori.hhs.gov/thelab

The Research Clinic
http://ori.hhs.gov/the-research-clinic

AIRIO (Agency Intramural Research Integrity Officer)
Melissa Colbert, PhD, colbertmc@od.nih.gov
https://oir.nih.gov/about/leadership-staff/melissa-colbert

The Office of Intramural Research (OIR) is the entity that conducts investigations into potential Intramural Research Misconduct cases. The AIRIO is the point-of-conduct for initiating these investigations.  She is available to meet confidentially, or to discuss "hypothetical" scenarios in order to help trainees and scientists at all levels of intramural research determine if they are witnessing or participating in any form of research misconduct, and what to do next if so.

Director, OITE
Sharon Milgram, PhD, milgrams@od.nih.gov

Please remember, you can always meet with Dr. Sharon Milgram, Director of the OITE, about issues pertaining to ethics, conflicts, lab behavioral issues, and more.

If you have any additional questions or requests for IC information to be added or modified on this site, please contact Dr. Shannon DeMaria.