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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Policy

All graduate students, postdoctoral appointees and PREP trainees are required to complete RCR education by completing the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research course. The training must be completed as soon as possible upon the start of appointment at the University of Rochester.

For Postdoctoral Appointees

The training requirement will be waived if the postdoctoral appointee can provide evidence of comparable training from another U.S. research university or academic medical center. Postdoctoral appointees that have already completed IND 501, 503 or 506 at the U of R are considered to be in compliance with the requirement and will receive an automatic waiver.

Examples of prior training that would not likely qualify for waiver would be exclusively online courses, courses that did not cover most of the NIH required topics or courses that did not have a significant small group discussion component.

Postdoctoral appointees that would like to request a waiver should contact Dr. Robert Dirksen (Basic Science) or Dr. Carl D'Angio (Clinical Research). With your request, please include:

  1. A syllabus for the comparable training and
  2. A transcript indicating successful completion of the training (unofficial transcripts are acceptable).

Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research Course

This 8-week course is offered during the fall semester only, typically during September and October.


  • Graduate Students will register during their first fall semester of study.
  • Postdoctoral Appointees must register as non-matriculated students by Friday, August 29, 2014.
    • IND 506 – 0 credit hour, 0 cost
    • Instructor: Dr. Robert Dirksen
  • PREP Trainees must register as non-matriculated students by Friday, August 29, 2014.
    • IND 501 – 1 credit hour
    • Instructor: Dr. Robert Dirksen

Course Information and Materials

The Fall 2014 course will be held on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, starting September 9, 2014 and going through October 28, 2014.

Continuing Education

Opportunity to Participate as a Facilitator

Graduate students and postdoctoral appointees that completed the Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research course (or comparable training) in the past are encouraged to participate as a Facilitator in the course as part of their ongoing professional development and training in the responsible conduct in research. Those wishing to participate as a Facilitator may contact Amy Perazzo for details.

A World Premier of Informed Consent

Friday | March 28, 2014 | 6:30pm - 10:00pm | Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Blvd.
Author: Deborah Zoe Laufer
Director: Sean Daniels
Based on a true story of the Havasupai Tribe, Informed Consent looks at the personal and national debate about DNA research and responsibility. An ambitious geneticist is hired to solve why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes. However, the research opens up issues of genetic “ownership” and threatens to destroy the tribe’s most sacred traditions. This heartwarming and honest tale explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much. Flyer

Fourth Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics

Wednesday | March 12, 2014 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Nicholas H. Steneck, PhD
Professor Emeritus | History | University of Michigan
"Why Integrity is a Problem in Clinical and Translational Research" | flyer

Third Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics

Monday | May 6, 2013 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Jonathan Beckwith, PhD
Professor | Bacteriology & Immunology and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics | Harvard
"Teaching Science and Social Justice" | flyer

Interactive Movie on Research Misconduct

The Lab: Avoiding Research Misconduct from the NIH Office of Research Integrity

Second Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics

Wednesday | May 30, 2012 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)
Scott J. Steele, PhD
Director | Office of Research Alliances | University of Rochester Medical Center
"Approaches to Identify and Address Dual Use Research of Concern in the Life Sciences" | flyer

First Annual Lecture on Biomedical Ethics

Tuesday | June 21, 2011 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)

Franklin G. Miller, PhD
Department of Bioethics | Clinical Center | National Institutes of Health
"The Therapeutic Orientation to Clinical Trials"
slides | webcast instructions (both require URMC domain log-in)

Dr. Miller is a member of the senior faculty in NIH’s Department of Bioethics and a Special Expert of the National Institute of Mental Health's Intramural Research Program. His principal current research interest is examination of ethical issues in clinical research, including study design, informed consent and the ways in which clinical research differs from medical care. | flyer | URMC Today

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