The Responsible Conduct of Research (MED 255)

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*


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:

Post-docs, faculty, staff, and affiliates can enroll through STARS:

For further information, please contact

MED 255 Instructors

Kate Luenprakansit, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Holly Tabor, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine

Please contact for any questions related to RCR.