Research Ethics Course

BIMS 7100 / PHS 7840
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Spring 2019 –  Syllabus

Course Requirements

Attendance is mandatory at the six required sessions as well four additional sessions of choice. Sign in sheets will be available at every session. Please be sure to sign in for each session that you attend, or you will be considered absent for the session. One missed class session may be made up by writing a 5-page paper on the topic for that session. Failure to submit a paper for one missed session, or missing more than one session (of the six required and four choice sessions), will result in a non-passing grade for the course.

Course Meetings:
All sessions meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 PM.

Class Format:
Each session will include a short overview of the topic at hand. The remainder of the session will focus on small group discussion of relevant case studies facilitated by faculty. The whole group will reconvene at the end of the period to share and discuss interesting points and/or perspectives that arose in individual small groups.

Readings and cases are from:
“On Being a Scientist: Third Edition.”

Course Collab Site: 
Class readings will be posted to the course Collab site (BIMS 7100 / PHS 7840 – Research Ethics), with email notifications sent to the course roster. If you need instructions on how to access Collab, please contact the course instructor.

  • Graduate students register for the course BIMS 7100 through SIS
  • Post-doctoral students may register for the class through the Community Scholars Program in the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (SCPS). Go to the New Student Registration page and scroll down to “New Community Scholars – Step 3 Register.” Print the Community Scholar Class Registration Form. Then, send an e-mail to the Course Director, Dr. Jean Eby (, requesting “permission to enroll in BIMS 7100 for the Spring Term.”  Print out and attach Dr. Eby’s email response to the SCPS form.  You will then need to take the form & email to:  Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Lane.
  • Registration:
    Graduate students register for the course BIMS 7100 through SISPost-doctoral students may register for the class through the Community Scholars Program in the School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies (SCPS).  The Instructor’s signature of approval must also be obtained in order to enroll; to obtain the instructor’s signature please bring your SCPS Permission to Enroll Form to the Graduate Programs Office, 1102 Jordan Hall.

Payment options have changed. Please read instructions carefully.

Community Scholar tuition rates for Spring 2019:

  • In-State: $478.00 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: $1,462.00 per credit hour
January 15thCourse Introduction
Jean Eby, ScD Director of Human Subjects Research Education
Research Integrity
David Wilkes, MD Dean of the School of Medicine
January 22ndData Management and Security
Timothy Tolson, PhD Director of IT Policy and Compliance
January 29thRespectful Research with Vulnerable Communities
Jeanita Richardson, PhD Professor of Public Health Sciences
February 5thFDA Regulated Research
Lori Elder, RN, BSN, CCRA Director of the SOM Clinical Trials Office
*February 12thIntroduction to RCR and Research Misconduct
Janet V. Cross, PhD Assistant Dean for Graduate Research and Training
David Hudson, PhD Associate Vice President for Research
*February 19thResearch Integrity and Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities and Relationships
David Wilkes, MD Dean of SOM
Phillip Trella, PhD Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies
*February 26thResearch Involving Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects
Sanford Feldman, DVM, PhD Director, Center for Comparative Med
Susie Hoffman, RN, BSN, CIP IRB-HSR Director
*March 5thAuthorship, Publication and Peer Review
David Hudson, PhD Associate Vice President for Research
*March 19thCollaborative Research and Conflicts of Interest
David Driscoll, PhD Assistant Dean for Research and Director of the School of Medicine
*March 26th Data Management, Rigor and Reproducibility
Arian Abdulla, PhD Biomedical Science Librarian
Andrea Horne Denton, MILS Research and Data Services Manager
Marieke Jones, PhD Research Data Specialist
April 9th Statistical Considerations in Responsible Conduct of Research
Sarah Ratcliffe, PhD Professor of Biostatistics, Public Health Sciences
April 16thEnvironmental Health and Lab Safety
Thomas Leonard, PhD Director for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety
April 23rd Ethics of Big Data
Robert Meyer, MD Principal, Drug and Biological Products, Greenleaf Health
April 30thQ&A Panel Science in Society:
A Conservation on Building and Using Large Health Data Sets
Phillip Bourne, PhD Stevenson Chair of Data Science
Donald Brown, PhD William Stansfield Calcott Professor of Systems and Information
James Harrison, MD, PhD Associate Professor of Pathology, Director of Clinical
Laboratory Informatics in the UVA Health System, Associate Director for Health Data in
the UVA Data Sciences Institute

*Note: Sessions marked with an asterisk are required sessions


“Reflection on responsible conduct of research should recur throughout a scientist’s career: at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels. . . . Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years . . . To meet the above requirements, instruction in responsible conduct of research may take place, in appropriate circumstances, in a year when the trainee, fellow or career award recipient is not actually supported by an NIH grant.” (Notice Number: NOT-OD-10-019).

Course Leader

Jean Eby, MS, MEd, ScD
Director of Human Subjects Research Education,
Office of the Vice-President for Research
Assistant Professor,
Department of Public Health Sciences