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Ethics in Research Training for Postdocs

Course: Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research

Oct 29, 2019

Speaker(s): Kathryn Partin, Ph.D., Director of Research Integrity
This event is recommended for: Postdocs/Fellows.

Research Ethics is at the foundation of everything we do in the scientific endeavor, and training in Responsible Conduct of Research is an essential component of your development as a scientist as you train here at the NIH. OITE is offering this course specifically for Postdocs to ensure that you have the foundation to both conduct rigorous and ethical research and to train others to do the same.

This course will help fulfill Ethics Training requirements for those of you applying for K awards or other fellowships and ensure that you are receiving guidance in line with what is expected in the extramural world. The course will also cover training responsible research to mentees as you move into roles of increased mentorship.

This course, "Becoming a Responsible Scientist" is offered as a full-day workshop (9:00am - 3:30pm), using a combination of lecture, video, writing exercises, small group discussions, and full class discussions. Certificates will be issued to those who successfully complete the entire course.

Topics covered include but are not restricted to:

  • The impact of research misconduct on individuals, institutions, the scientific enterprise, and society.
  • The history and modern oversight of Animal and Human Subjects regulations.
  • Formal definitions of "Research Misconduct" and discussion about Questionable Research Practices.
  • An explanation of resources provided by NIH and how to find and use them.
  • How an investigation into research misconduct unfolds.
  • Data management; collection, protection, and sharing.
  • Mentor-mentee relationships.
  • Conflict of Interest.
  • Peer Review.
  • Expectations of trainees as scientists at NIH.

This course includes material on being an ethics mentor and discussions about best practices for setting up one's own lab.

The Following IC's offer and require their own ethics training: NICHD (contact Dr. Yvette Pittman)NIEHSThis course will not substitute for those requirements.

If you are unsure if your IC requires or strongly recommends that you to attend this training, please contact your IC's Training DirectorAny postdoc is welcome to take the course.