Research Ethics Course

BIMS 7100 / PHS 7840
Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
Spring 2020 (Version date: February 3, 2020)

Course Requirements

Attendance is required at the 6 mandatory sessions *and* 3 additional sessions of your 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. In order to receive a “Satisfactory” grade for the course, students must meet the attendance requirement above.

· Students may substitute attendance at 1 (of the 3) “choice” sessions with a 5-page paper on the topic of that session. In rare circumstances and with significant justification, it may be possible to request prior review and approval from a faculty committee to make up 1 additional missed class session (“mandatory” or “choice”) by writing a 5-page paper on the topic for that session. With extremely rare exceptions, any student who misses 2 (or more) of the mandatory sessions required by the NIH mandate will receive an “Unsatisfactory” for the course and will be expected to repeat the course next year.

· Papers for a missed session are due in the student’s course Collab File Drop within a week of the missed session.

· Keep in mind that if you do not meet these requirements and receive an “Unsatisfactory” grade for the course, you will be out of compliance with the NIH RCR Mandate for one year.

Course Meetings:
All sessions meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Claude Moore Medical Education Building Learning Studio.

Class Format:
Each session will include an overview of the topic at hand. The remainder of the session will focus on small group discussion of relevant case studies/questions. 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 and Professional Studies (SCPS). Go to the New Student Registration page and scroll down to New Community Scholars. Complete the steps including the Visiting Student Form. 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.

Payment options have changed. Please read instructions carefully.

Community Scholar tuition rates for Spring 2020:

  • In-State: $492.00 per credit hour
  • Out-of-State: $1,490.00 per credit hour
  • Mandatory Comprehensive fee of $35 per credit hour
January 28thCourse Introduction; Methodological, Ethical, and Regulatory Issues in Research
Jean Eby, MEd, MS, ScD Director of Human Subjects Research Education
Respectful Research
Jeanita Richardson, PhD Professor of Public Health Sciences
February 4thData Management and Security
Timothy Tolson, PhD Director of IT Policy and Compliance
*February 11thIntroduction to RCR; Research Misconduct
Melur (Ram) K. Ramasubramanian, PhD Vice President for Research
David Hudson, PhD Senior Associate Vice President for Research
*February 18thMentor/Trainee Responsibilities and Relationships
David Wilkes, Dean of the School of Medicine
Phillip Trella, PhD Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies
Sonali Majumdar, PhD Associate Director for Graduate Professional Development
*February 25thResearch Involving Vertebrate Animals or Human Subjects
Kumari Andarawewa DVM, PhD, DACLAM, Associate Director, Center for Comparative Medicine
Susie Hoffman, RN, BSN, CIP IRB-HSR Director
*March 3rdAuthorship, Publication and Peer Review
David Hudson, PhD Senior Associate Vice President for Research
*March 17th Collaborative Research and Conflicts of Interest
Stewart Craig, BS, MS Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs
Robert Merhige, JD, Assistant Vice President for Commercialization and
*March 24thData 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
March 31stStatistical Considerations in Responsible Conduct of Research
Sarah Ratcliffe, PhD Professor of Biostatistics, Public Health Sciences
April 14thFDA-Regulated Research
Lori Elder, RN, BSN, CCRA Director of the SOM Clinical Trials Office
Susie Hoffman, RN, BSN, CIP IRB-HSR Director

*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