Responsible Conduct of Research Training


Promoting the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) is vital to maintaining the health of our patients and reputations of our institutions. NIH defines RCR as "the practice of scientific investigation with integrity.  It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research."

RCR education at Children's National and GW takes place in several settings and methods to ensure we provide training to the entire research community. Explore our offerings and resources below.

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RCR Training at Children's National

RCR Series

The RCR Series offers monthly presentations and discussions on RCR-related topics, often featuring local and national experts.

RCR Series Topics

The RCR Series covers all areas of RCR, including but not limited to:

  • 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
RCR Series Recordings

Topic and Speaker

Training Area Covered

ORI Research Misconduct


Facilitators: John Butler, Compliance Officer, DIO, ORI; Yvette Carter, MD, Scientist-Investigator, DIO, ORI; Ning Du, MD, PhD, Scientist-Investigator, DIO, ORI; Karen Wehner, PhD, Director, DEI, ORI

Research Misconduct

Living in the Grey Area: Personal and Historical Perspectives on Research Ethics

Jeffrey Spike, PhD; Clinical Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, GWU

Scientist as a responsible member of society

Informed Consent and Assent

Vanessa Madrigal, MD, MSCE; Director, Ethics Program; Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, CNH

Human subjects, research ethics

Biobanking: Blood…and Don’t Forget the Sweat and Tears

Pearl O'Rourke, MD; Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Human subjects, research ethics

Experimental Therapies

Andrea Hahn, MD; Vanessa Madrigal, MD, MSCE; Jeffrey Spike, PhD

Human subjects, research ethics

Ethics and Norms for Scientific Authorship

Alan I. Leshner, PhD – former editor of Science and president of AAAS


Asthma, Vitamin D, and Equity in Clinical Research

Stephen Teach MD, MPH; Chair, Department of Pediatrics; Associate Dean, Pediatric Faculty Affairs

Human subjects, research ethics

Ethical Conundrums in Modern Genetics

Marshall Summar MD; Division Chief, Genetics and Metabolism; Director, Rare Disease Institute; Eric Vilain, MD, PhD; Director, Center for Genetic Medicine Research

Human subjects, research ethics

 Recruitment of Diverse Populations across the Life Span

Janice Blanchard, MD Chief, Section of Health Policy; Lamia Soghier, MD, FAAP, CHSE Medical Unit Director, NICU; John Strang, PsyD, Director, Gender & Autism Program

Human subjects

 Authorship in Science - Some Issues Never Change Much

Alan I. Leshner, PhD, CEO Emeritus at AAAS and Former Executive Publisher of Science


"Did I Do the Right Thing?" Questionable Research Practices in Health Professions Education

Anthony Artino, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean, Evaluation and Educational Research, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Research Ethics

 Study Reviews and Maintaining Review Readiness

Caitlin Joffe, MBA, CCRP, Director, Quality Assurance for Research

Human Subjects, Research Misconduct

 Introduction to Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) (Part 1: Regulatory Considerations, Challenges, and Best Practices)

Kristen Breslin, MD, MPH, Chair, Children's National Institutional Review Board; Gregory H. Reaman, MD, Associate Director, Pediatric Oncology, FDA; Alavy Sos, MS, Executive Director, Research Regulatory Affairs, Children’s National

Human Subjects, Research Ethics

 Introduction to Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) (Part 2: Expanded Access, Single Use Authorization, & Practical Applications)

Marissa Horrigan, PharmD, BCPS, Children’s National; Joshua Kanter, MD, FACC, Children’s National; Lindsay Kilburn, MD, Children’s National

Human Subjects, Research Ethics

Clinical Research Ethics Consultation: The latest data on a new practice and what it can offer to your clinical research programs.

Liza Dawson, PhD, MA; Kathryn Porter, JD, MPH; Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH

Research Ethics


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RCR Training Requirement Information

As a condition for receiving federal funding for health research training grants and career development awards, federal funders (including NIH, DOD, and NSF) require all participants in training grants to receive training in RCR.

Who needs to complete RCR training?

Anyone supported by or named on a training grant that mandates RCR training needs to complete this training at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years. The resources and events connected with this training program, however, are open to all at Children's National.

Training Requirements

Trainees, scholars, and faculty required to complete this training must finish 8 hours of training to satisfy this requirement. At least 4 of these hours must be completed in discussion settings; the rest can be completed via approved online modules, lectures, and other traditional formats. The approved methods for completing this training are detailed below.

Training Modes

With the full understanding that trainees, scholars, and faculty have busy schedules, we have created a hybrid model of training that allows participants to complete the requirement through a combination of on-demand and in-person formats:




Counts towards discussion hours?

RCR Series Presentations

Attend bi-monthly presentations hosted by the RCR Series at Children's National. Events include lectures from expert speakers, detailed case studies with experienced investigators, and facilitated interviews around hot topics in RCR. Attend in-person or view online if available.

1 hr/each


Discussion Sections

Attend lively, wide-ranging facilitated discussions between trainees, scholars, and faculty that provide participants the opportunity to discuss different areas of RCR in the context of their work and research environment. These will be held bi-monthly.

1 hr/each


CITI Training

Complete the existing RCR training in CITI.

2 hr


Lab/Department/Mentor Discussions

Using guidance materials provided by the Children's National RCR Series team, participants may organize discussions around RCR topics in their research setting. These sessions can be formalized group discussions within a lab/department or one-to-one discussions with a mentor.

1 hr/each


Other RCR trainings

Credit will also be available for completion of RCR trainings through courses and presentations at other institutions.

1 hr/each training

Depends on format

Receiving Credit

In order to fulfill your RCR training requirement, you will have to submit proof of each completed training component via the RCR Credit Submission form. In addition to completing the form, some training components require additional documentation to be uploaded through the form to confirm training:


Additional Uploads Required

RCR Series Presentation or Discussion


CITI Training

CITI Completion Certificate

Lab/Department/Mentor Discussions

RCR Discussion Report Form

Ensure you have used the RCR Discussion Guide to structure your discussion, as this is the only method for claiming credit through this component.

Other online or in-person trainings related to RCR

Documentation of attendance/completion


For information on the numerous RCR-related resources and offerings at GW:

Visit the GW Office of Research Integrity RCR page.