April 6, 2010

Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity Course

All faculty and staff are eligible to enroll in a one-month course on Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity. The course is led by Elizabeth Heitman, M.D., and will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, May 4-27, from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Topics addressed will include:
• Ethics, integrity, and policy in biomedical research
• Causes, consequences, and prevention of research misconduct
• The ethics of authorship and publication
• The biomedical scientist and industry: conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment
• The humane use of animals in biomedical research
• Research with human beings: informed consent, voluntariness and vulnerability
• Research with human beings: vulnerability, demographics and disparities
• The clinical research community: students, teachers, mentors, collaborators and peers

This course meets the NIH requirement for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) for Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants and Dissertation Research Grants.

One academic credit is awarded for participation in this course. Tuition for this course is set at Vanderbilt’s standard rate of $1,145 per academic credit. The course grade is based on attendance and participation in discussion of assigned reading, a group case presentation and analysis and a final exam.

To register for the course, please contact Melanie Overton at melanie.b.overton@vanderbilt.edu or 322-3480. The deadline for registration is April 20.