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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

What is Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training?

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." The RCR Series at Children's National will cover 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

Trainees, scholars, and faculty requried to complete this training must finish 8 hours of training to satisfy this requirement. At least 4 of these hours must be completed in face-to-face 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.

Who is required to complete this training?

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. 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.

How can I complete this training?

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:

Format

Description

Hours

Counts towards face-to-face 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 No
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 Yes
CITI Training Complete the existing RCR training in CITI. 2 hr No
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 Yes

What does satisfactory completion of the program look like?

Here’s one way in which a trainee required to complete the program may satisfy their requirement. This sample includes the eight required contact hours and two additional hours.

Format

Description

Face-to-Face Hours

Lecture/ Online Hours

Total Hours Completed

Lecture

Attended July 2019 lecture

 

1

1

Lab Meeting

Discussed issues of authorship at lab meeting with PI and colleagues using discussion guide

1

 

2

CITI Training

Completed CITI training in RCR

 

2

4

Discussion Section

Attended Oct 2019 discussion section

1

 

5

Lecture

Viewed Nov 2019 lecture archived online

 

1

6

Discussion Section

Attended Feb 2020 discussion section

1

 

7

Lab Meeting

Discussed issues of peer review at lab meeting with PI and colleagues using discussion guide

1

 

8

Discussion Section

Attended April 2020 discussion section

1

 

9

Lecture

Viewed Jan 2020 lecture archived online

 

1

10

Total

 

5

5

10

When are the RCR SEries events?

Events for the RCR Series will be held monthly starting in September 2019. The current schedule will be posted here shortly.

RCR offerings at the George Washington University

Element

Description

Delivery

Hours / Frequency

Lead

Location

Ethics & Grant Writing Course

An instructional course for PhD students covering ethical issues related to the conduct of research, animal use, and human subject participation. Includes all nine points of RCR. Spring semester course. Fifteen sessions. Syllabus attached here.

Lectures & Presentations

In Person Only

1 hour 15 minutes / Weekly

Ljuba Caldovic

lcaldovic@childrensnational.org

George Washington University

RCR Summer Course

A one week instructional course offered at GWSPH during Summer 2019. Includes speakers from within and outside GW (including relevant institutional officials). Syllabus still in development.

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections

In Person Only

3 hours 30 minutes / Five afternoon sessions

Paul Ndebele, Adnan Hyder

pndebele@email.gwu.edu

hydera1@email.gwu.edu

George Washington University

RCR Series

A hybrid model of presentations and discussion sections offered periodically. A combination of internal and invited speakers covering an area of their expertise, sitting for a facilitated interview, or detailing a case study.

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections

Online or In Person

One (1) per month; please check schedule.

Hiromi Sanders

sandersh@email.gwu.edu

George Washington University

RCR Fall Course

Semester long instructional course offered at GW during Fall 2019. Will include GW faculty/researchers as instructors. Will incorporate Case Western University’s/Allison Hall’s RCR curriculum. Speaker list still in development.

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections

In Person Only

1 hour 30 minutes / 11 -15 week course

Hiromi Sanders

sandersh@email.gwu.edu

RCR Fall Course

Animal Research Facility (ARF)

The ARF provides space, equipment, and care for laboratory animals used for research and teaching purposes. The facility helps ensure that all “ the use of animals in research projects are necessary, that the investigator has included in the protocol measures to eliminate any unnecessary pain and discomfort to the animals, and that alternatives to the use of live animals have been considered.”

Veterinary Services offers several hands-on training courses:

  • “Rodent Handling and Basic Techniques”
  • “Rodent Surgical Training”
  • “Rabbit Handling and Basic Techniques”
  • “Advanced Techniques”

The ARF also offers additional training:

  • “Facility Orientations” are scheduled for individuals who have been approved on an active IACUC protocol.
  • “Dog Volunteer Orientations”

Lectures & Presentations

In Person Only

Rodent Basic – Every Thurs. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Rodent Surgical

Every other Wed. 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Rabbit Handling

as needed basis

Advanced Techniques – as needed basis

Facility Orientations

Every Mon. & Wed. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Dog Volunteer Orientations – as needed basis

Bethany Rentz, Mike Manion

Please contact IACUC@gwu.edu to register.

George Washington University

Lab Safety Training

The Office of the Vice President for Research at GW offers a variety of biosafety trainings for students, staff, faculty and researchers. The training modules include biosafety and blood borne pathogen training, radiation safety, laser safety, biosafety cabinet use, shipments of biological material and dry ice, field research safety, gross anatomy training, and basic biological laboratory training. Training is necessary to help familiarize new employees with the program, communicate new or significant changes, and for compliance with the various regulations.

Lectures & Presentations

Online or In Person

As needed / Upon request

Mariel Jais

Please contact Labsafety@gwu.edu to register.

George Washington University

PRIM&R & Other WebEx Presentations

Ex. AAHRPP – Common Rule;

AAHRPP – Informed Consent; An introduction to the potential application of the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) to the US-based research community.

Lectures & Presentations

Online Only

As needed / Upon request

Debra Paxton &/or Hiromi Sanders

Please contact ohrirb@gwu.edu or resinteg@gwu.edu to register.

George Washington University

Human Subject Research Presentations

A presentation series that covers topics related to human subject research including informed consent, single IRB, student research, institutional authorization agreement, project development, and chart reviews.

Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections

Online or In Person

As needed / Upon request

Debra Paxton

Please contact ohrirb@gwu.edu to register.

George Washington University