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Responsible Conduct in Research Training

Tulane University provides Responsible Conduct in Research (“RCR”) training to the university research community via online RCR training and through RCR training seminars.  RCR training is overseen by the University’s Research Compliance Office (“RCO”) in coordination with faculty, administration, and staff who are performing and/or overseeing research occurring at the university. 

Online RCR Training
 

The Office of Research Integrity (ORI) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services has worked with the research community to develop and engaging, innovative and effective training video, "The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct." "The Lab" presents decision points related to work-life-balance, mentoring, data management, responsible authorship, and questionable research practices from the perspective of researchers and administrators.  The video is an interactive movie that allows viewers to make ethical and life decisions as one of four characters.  The outcome of the video is determined by the decisions, good or bad, made by the learner.  To review and participate in "The Lab" click the following link: [http://ori.hhs.gov/TheLab].


Tulane University, through its subscription with Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (“CITI training”), offers web-based training in following areas:

  • Responsible Conduct in Research
  • Responsible Conduct in Use of Human Subjects in Research
  • Laboratory Animal Welfare
  • Good Clinical Practices ("GCP")

CITI training is available to all members of the Tulane University community (students, faculty, and staff).  

Certification of RCR training via CITI training is valid for a period of three years. An individual must take CITI’s refresher course prior to the expiration of the three years in order to maintain his or her RCR training certification. 

All investigators must have a current CITI training certification in Responsible Conduct in Use of Human Subjects in Research prior to receiving an approval by any of the University’s Institutional Review Boards to perform research using human subjects.  For the IRB CITI Guidance on what modules to take click here.  For additional IRB Guidance click here.

Registration Instructions:  Log on to the CITI training at https://www.citiprogram.org.  Once on the CITI web site, a new user can register for a username and password.  Once registered and logged in, click on the “new users” section and answer the questions. 

The RCO is responsible for fielding questions, comments, and suggestions from the university research community regarding CITI training.  Please contact Kay Leger in the Research Compliance Office if you have any questions regarding the program or the courses at 504.988.1147 or researchcompliance@tulane.edu.

RCR Training Seminars
 

Each fall, the Office of Research Compliance shall coordinate a seminar series led by faculty members covering RCR topics.  The next RCR seminar series will occur in the Spring 2015 semester.  Check back soon for exact dates and times.  Training seminar topics shall include:

  • conflict of interest - personal, professional, and financial
  • policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
  • mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • collaborative research including collaborations with industry
  • peer review
  • data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership
  • research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  • responsible authorship and publication
  • the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research

Additionally, the RCO shall be available to coordinate further RCR seminars as requested by the research community and to answer questions regarding research processes at Tulane.  Please contact the office at 504.988.1147 or researchcompliance@tulane.edu to request seminars or submit questions.

MSCR 6420 "Responsible Conduct of Research", is a for-credit RCR course taught by faculty members and offered in the summer 2015 semester.  The topics include research misconduct; use of human subjects in research; use of animals in research; acquisition, management, sharing and ownership of data; responsible authorship and publication; and peer review.  Faculty and staff may register for this course as well.  To register for the course, contact DeNean LaRoche at 504.988.6061 or dlaroch1@tulane.edu.


National Science Foundation ("NSF") Responsible Conduct in Research ("RCR") Training Requirements:


Effective January 4, 2010, NSF will require that, at the time of proposal submission to NSF, a proposing institution's Authorized Organizational Representative certify that the institution has a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in RCR to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers whose research will be supported by NSF.  Training  plans are not required to be included in proposals submitted to NSF but must be made available to NSF upon request.

In order to comply with the NSF's RCR training requirements, all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers applying for research support from NSF must complete CITI training in RCR or attend an RCR seminar on a yearly basis.

National Institutes of Health ("NIH") RCR Training Requirements:    

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-10-019.html

Education Tools

10-31-13 Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership

10-24-13 Deadly Medicine

10-17-13 Responsible Authorship and Publication

09-26-13 Use of Animals in Research

09-19-13 Safe Laboratory Practices

09-05-13 Introduction to Conducting Sponsored Research

07-23-13 Human Subject Research Compliance

06-12-13 Research Oversight at Tulane University

10/25/12 RCR Presentation - Research Misconduct

10/18/12 RCR Presentation - Mentor/Mentee Responsibilities and Relationships

10/04/12 RCR Presentation - Conflicts of Interest

09/20/12 RCR Presentation - Use of animals in research

09/13/12 RCR Presentation - Responsible authorship and publication

09-06-12 RCR Presentation - Data acquisition and laboratory tools; management, sharing and ownership

05-11-12 RCR Presentation - Investigator Responsibilities in Human Subjects Research

04-18-12 RCR Presentation - Oral Histories and Human Subjects Research Protection Requirements

11-04-11 RCR Presentation - Use of Human Subjects in Research

10-27-11 RCR Presentation - Research Misconduct

10-20-11 RCR Presentation - Data Acquisition, Ownership, Management, and Sharing

09-29-11 RCR Presentation - Science and Society - The Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society

09-22-11 RCR Presentation - Responsible Authorship and Publication

09-15-11 RCR Presentation - Use of Animals in Research

09-08-11 RCR Presentation - Safe Laboratory Practices- by Dr. Jill Daniel and Dr. Lucia Freytag (.pdf)

09-01-11 RCR Presentation - Peer review

06-13-11 RCR Presentation on Use of Human Subjects in Research

05-13-11 RCR Presentation on IACUC Processes

05-13-11 RCR Presentation on IACUC Compliance and Research

03-10-11 RCR Presentation on Collaborative Human Subject Research

10-27-10 RCR Presentation - Peer review (.pdf)

10-20-10 RCR Presentation - Data Acquisition, Ownership, Management, and Sharing (.pdf)

10-06-10 RCR Presentation - Mentor/Mentee responsibilities and relationships (.pdf)

09-29-10 RCR Presentation - Safe Laboratory Practices by Dr. Lucia Freytag and Dr. Jill Daniel (.pdf)

09-22-10 RCR Presentation - The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and social impacts of scientific research (.pdf)

09-15-10 RCR Presentation - Collaborative Research (.pdf)

09-08-10 RCR Presentation - Responsible authorship and publication presented by Dr. Buekens (.pdf)

09-01-10 RCR Presentation - Use of Animals in Research by presented Dr. Blanchard (.pdf)

04-29-10 RCR Presentation - Use of Animals in Research (.pdf)

04-06-10 RCR Presentation - Use of Human Subjects in Research (.pdf)

04-06-10 RCR Presentation - Use of Human Subjects in Research (PowerPoint)

01-26-10 Presentation on Responsible Conduct in Research and Research Misconduct

11-17-09 Presentation on Responsible Conduct in Research and Research Misconduct

10-13-09 Presentation on Responsible Conduct in Research and Research Misconduct




 

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