Research Ethics

All GSBS students and postdoctoral scholars are required to become certified in Research Ethics. Three types of certification may be required depending on the type of research that the trainee will undertake:

1) Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

This curriculum is mandatory for all graduate students and UMMS postdoctoral fellows and covers the following areas: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research, Research Misconduct, Use of Human Subjects in Research, Use of Animals in Research, Data Acquisition and Management, Responsible Authorship, Peer Review, Mentoring, Conflicts of Interest and Collaborative Research.

The curriculum comprises a classroom component and an on-line component via the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Graduate students must complete this training before the beginning of year 2 of graduate study. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to complete this course within the first year of their initial appointment.

View slides: An Introduction to The Responsible Conduct of Research

2) Using Animals in Biomedical Research

Presented by the UMMS IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee). This curriculum is mandatory for all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who undertake research with vertebrate animals. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows must complete this training during the first semester in which they engage in research projects involving animal subjects.

3) Human Subjects Research

Institutional Review Board Training made available via the CITI program. This curriculum is mandatory for all graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who undertake human subjects research. Trainees must complete this curriculum during the first semester in which they engage in research involving human subjects.

Students should contact the Graduate School Office for more details or use the provided links to access the programs.