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Responsible Conduct of Research Training

What is Responsible Conduct of Research Training?

On May 13th, 2013, the CTSI-CN, Children's Research Institute, Children's Office for the Protection of Human Subjects (OPHS), and the George Washington University research community offered the first interactive training for the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). Leadership from each organization presented a series of scenarios that posed real-life ethical situations researchers may encounter. The following scenarios were enacted: What would you do if your colleague asked you to falsify data to improve the outcome of a study? How would you feel if you qualified to be a participant in a promising study, only to find you were not eligible because the PI changed the inclusion/exclusion criteria after it had been approved by the IRB? Would you give a negative review of an outstanding research article to a publisher if it outshines your own similar research project?

This training session helped fulfill the RCR interactive component for NIH- and NSF-supported trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars. The event was directed by Dr. Jodi Kanter, Director of the Dramatic Literature Department at the George Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance.

See photos from the event below:

Playbill poster in the atrium foyer

Leadership Takes the Stage: Responsible Conduct of Research Playbill

Adriana Brigatti, JD, MPH, LLM, CIP, Director of Research Regulatory Affairs at Children’s National, welcomes participants

A prospective clinical trial subject (Mark Batshaw, MD) discusses participating in a clinical trial with his wife (Lisa Schwartz, EdD, MS) while folding laundry

Lead researcher (Lisa Guay-Woodford, MD) discusses subject eligibility and enrollment with her research coordinator (Madison Berl, PhD)

The audience reacts to the actors and portrayed scenario

The prospective clinical trial participant (Mark Batshaw, MD) and his wife (Lisa Schwartz, EdD, MS) discuss treatment options with the attending doctor (Elizabeth Wells, MD)

A senior faculty researcher (Mendel Tuchman, MD) encourages his graduate student (Natella Rakhmanina, MD) to find favorable outcomes.

Senior faculty researcher (Mendel Tuchman, MD) meets with the Research Integrity Officer (Kanneboyina Nagaraju, PhD, DVM)

Robert Donnally, JD, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Outreach at George Washington University facilitates discussion

The audience engages the leadership and facilitators

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RCR Course Offerings at The George Washington University

 

Element
Description
Training Area Covered (NOT-OD-10-019)
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.
(1) Conflict of Interest
(2) Human Subject Research, Animal Subject Research, Safe Laboratory Practices
(3) Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
(4) Collaboration
(5) Peer Review
(6) Data acquisition, Data Management
(7) Research misconduct
(8) Authorship
(9) Scientist as a responsible member of society
Lectures & Presentations
In Person Only
1 hour 15 minutes / Weekly
Ljuba Caldovic
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.
(1) Conflict of Interest
(2) Human Subject Research, Animal Subject Research, Safe Laboratory Practices
(3) Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
(4) Collaboration
(5) Peer Review
(6) Data acquisition, Data Management
(7) Research misconduct
(8) Authorship
(9) Scientist as a responsible member of society
Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections
In Person Only
3 hours 30 minutes / Five afternoon sessions
Paul Ndebele, Adnan Hyder
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.
(1) Conflict of Interest
(2) Human Subject Research
(3) Animal Research
(4) Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
(5) Collaboration
(6) Peer Review
(7) Data management
(8) Research misconduct
(9) Authorship
(10) Scientist as a responsible member of society
Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections
Online or In Person
One (1) per month; please check schedule.
Hiromi Sanders
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.
(1) Conflict of Interest
(2) Human Subject Research
(3) Animal Research
(4) Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
(5) Collaboration
(6) Peer Review
(7) Data management
(8) Research misconduct
(9) Authorship
(10) Scientist as a responsible member of society
Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections
In Person Only
1 hour 30 minutes / 11 -15 week course
Hiromi Sanders
RCR Fall Course
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”
(2) Human Subject Research, Animal Subject Research
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
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. 
(2) Human Subject Research, Animal Subject Research, Safe Laboratory Practices
(6) Data acquisition, Data Management
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.
(2) Human Subject Research
(4) Collaboration
(5) Peer Review
(6) Data acquisition, Data Management
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.
(2) Human Subject Research
Lectures & Presentations, Discussion Sections
Online or In Person
As needed / Upon request
Debra Paxton
Please contact ohrirb@gwu.edu to register.
George Washington University