The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course is designed to engage participants in productive discussions about ethical issues that are commonly encountered during their research careers. This course is required for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Many departments and programs also recommend or require this course as part of their curricula.
The objectives of both courses are:
- To engage participants in case-based discussions of ethical issues commonly encountered in, and raised by, current biomedical research.
- To introduce participants to methods of analysis of ethical issues
- To introduce participants to policies and regulations relevant to the conduct of research.
There are two different RCR courses: MED 255 and MED 255C*
MED 255, The Responsible Conduct of Research, has been designed specifically to engage bench researchers in productive discussions about ethical issues commonly encountered during their scientific research careers, and addresses contemporary debates at the interface of biomedical science and society.
Topics covered include:
(1) Authorship and inventorship; (2) Data integrity and information; (3) Conflicts of interest; (4) Regulatory basics; (5) Human subjects research; (6) Human biological materials; and (7) Societal responsibility.
*MED 255C is not currently being offered. MED 255C, The Responsible Conduct of Research for Clinical Researchers, has been designed specifically to engage clinical researchers in productive discussions about ethical issues commonly encountered during their clinical research careers, and addresses contemporary debates at the interface of biomedical science and society. All who are, or will be, conducting clinical research are encouraged to attend.
Topics covered include:
(1) Clinical research versus clinical care; (2) Protecting human subjects; (3) Conflicts of interest in clinical research; (4) Returning research results and incidental findings; (5) Human biological materials and biobanking; (6) Community consent and recruitment; and (7) Ethical issues in placebo versus active control trials.
RCR classes fill very quickly, we strongly encourage students to enroll for the course you want on the day that registration opens for the term in which you wish to take the course.
Graduate students can enroll through Axess: https://registrar.stanford.edu/resources-and-help/axess-students/how-enroll-classes
Post-docs, faculty, staff, and affiliates can enroll through STARS: https://uit.stanford.edu/service/stars
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MED 255 Instructors:
Kate Luenprakansit, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
Holly Tabor, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine