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. In order to receive your certificate of completion, please contact: postdoctoralassociation@mdanderson.org

2015/2016 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.


9/9/15 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.


10/14/15 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.


11/11/15 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.


12/9/15 Peer Review: The definition and process of peer review, the variety of activities that utilize peer review from publication to proposal submissions, the role and responsibilities of reviewers and understanding impartiality and confidentiality. Dr. Jason Robinson. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


1/13/16 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. Wendy Woodward. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


2/10/16 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.


3/9/16 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.


4/13/16 Safe Laboratory Practices: Biological safety practices are essential to keep in compliance with the institutional and federal rules, and to keep the lab as a safer work place. This RCR seminar will describe the requirements for compliance and will serve as a reminder for the implementation of fundamentals biosafety practices. TBD. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


5/11/16 Human Subjects: An overview and discussion of the challenges and ethical considerations specific to the scientific community re: studying people, their tissues and their data, including responsibility for the safety and privacy of study participants. Dr. Colleen Gallagher. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


6/8/16 Collaborative Science: The aspects of developing and maintaining research collaborations, including communicating and establishing the parameters of the collaboration (e.g. authorship determinations and sharing of data and materials) as well as collaboration between researchers from academia and industry. Dr. Gordon Mills. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


7/13/16 Conflict of Interest and Commitment: A discussion of how to identify and handle situations in which financial or other personal considerations have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity, which may ultimately undermine the public trust in science. TBD. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.


8/10/16 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. TBD. Onstead Auditorium, S3.8012.

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