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RCR Series

NIH policy requires participation in and successful completion of instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) by individuals supported by any NIH training/research education/fellowship/career award (NOT-OD-10-019). The Postdoctoral Association at MD Anderson Cancer Center initiated the RCR Seminar Series to fulfill this requirement for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students and since that time, the scope has expanded to include all MD Anderson employees.  Currently, the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs coordinates the series to ensure it covers the important topics defined by the NIH notice. Course attendance is monitored. To qualify for a certificate of completion according to NIH guidelines, participants must sign in and remain in attendance for the entire lecture. Participants who arrive more than 15 minutes late or leave early will not be given credit for attendance.

2014-2015 Seminar Series (2nd Wednesday Each Month, 12-1 pm)

A certificate of completion is earned by attending at least eight (8) unique RCR lectures while appointed with a single title.  NIH guidelines state that formal RCR training should occur at every career stage or at least once every four years.  Seminars not sponsored by the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will not count towards a certificate.  Attendance is tracked through the MD Anderson Education Center only.  

9/10/14 Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship: The procedures for assigning credit and authorship; the responsibilities of each author; accepted practices for detailing methods, analyses and results - including appropriate citations; and publication “pitfalls”. Dr. Carrie Cameron. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


10/8/14 Ethical Issues in Biomedical Research: A discussion of the ethical standards for research, including the principles of respect, beneficence and justice. Dr. Colleen Gallagher. AT&T Classroom, FC1.2002.


11/12/14 Communication and Difficult Conversations: A discussion of how postdocs can use communication and diplomatic skills to navigate some aspects of the research environment, particularly when conversations between postdocs and their mentors/supervisors turn towards difficult or sensitive topics. Dr. William Brock. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


12/10/14 Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership: The accepted practices and procedures for acquiring, storing, documenting, analyzing, sharing and maintaining data, including definitions for what constitutes data, procedures for maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of data, proper methods for keeping records and processing/ analyzing data; and guidelines for who ‘owns’ data. Speaker TBD. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


1/14/15 Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities: The best approaches for selecting a mentor, managing conflicts and potential competition between mentor and trainee, mapping out the extent of collaboration between mentor and mentee and constructive procedures for mitigating abuses and resolving grievances. Dr. Jennifer Irvin Vidrine. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


2/11/15 Research Misconduct and Policies for Handling Misconduct: A discussion of the basic components of research misconduct in the course of research activities -- falsification, fabrication and plagiarism;  questionable research practices; the various agency definitions of misconduct; how to report occurrences; and the roles and responsibilities of the whistleblower. Dr. Shine Chang. AT&T Classroom, FC1.2002.


3/10/15 Animal Welfare: An overview of the established guidelines for the proper care and treatment of animals used in research, as well as ethical considerations surrounding research involving animals. Dr. Suzanne Craig. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012


April through August seminars will be posted to this website as soon as they are finalized.  Please check back to confirm the topic that will be presented to ensure you attend unique seminars.


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