Presentation on theme: "What is Responsible Conduct of Research?"— Presentation transcript:
1 What is Responsible Conduct of Research? The Nine Core Areas and What You Need to Know and Teach
2 The Nine Elements Advisor/Mentor Role Treatment of Data Research MisconductHuman SubjectsAnimal WelfareConflict of Interest/CommitmentPublication Practices/AuthorshipPeer ReviewCollaborative Science
3 Advising & Mentoring Keep in mind that a Mentor can be an Advisor The role of the Mentor is to guide the mentee, as a Mentor you will have influence over the MenteeAreas to pay close attention to as a Mentor:Allocation of creditPublication practicesProper division of responsibilities
4 Role of Mentor/Advisor a clear understanding of mutual responsibilities,a commitment to maintain a productive and supportive research environment,proper supervision and review, andan understanding that the main purpose of the relationship is to prepare trainees to become successful researchers
5 Mentee/Advisee Responsibility Gather a diverse collection of mentorsSeek out an initiate interactions with advisorsConsider the possibility that they may become a mentor or advisor in their careersParticipate in the process, ask questions, seek opportunities to grow
6 Treatment of DataData management has become a formalized process for many sponsors addressed in applications. Elements of Data Management include:OwnershipAccurate-how will it be collectedAccessible (able to share data)Security (storing)
7 Research MisconductMisconduct in Research is defined by the U.S. Office of Research Integrity as: “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.(a) Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them.(b) Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record.(c) Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit.(d) Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.
8 Research MisconductAll recipients of federal research funding must have a policy on research misconductDue process is a key element of this policy as well as protection of the accuser and the accused until a determination is made on the allegationCNU’s policy is located on the Sponsored Programs website under Policies and Procedures
9 Human SubjectsAll research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the institution’s Institutional Review Board (IRB)"Human subject research" is research where the investigator obtains from a living human individual (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual; or (2) identifiable private information.“Generalizable knowledge” means that the intent of the research is to add information to a field of study; the results can be applied beyond the subject population to other settings. It doesn’t matter if the results will be published or not, if the research activity is designed with the aim of discovering information that can be applied in other settings, it can be considered research.
10 Human Subjects Cont’d“Intervention or interaction with the individual” includes performing physical procedures on a person, manipulating the person, manipulating the person’s environment, communicating with a person, or having interpersonal contact with a personconsidered “identifiable private information” two criteria must be true. First, the information must be private, meaning it is either about behavior that occurs in a context where the individual reasonably expects no observation is taking place or the individual has provided the information for a specific purpose and reasonably expects the information will not be made public. Second, the information must be individually identifiable, meaning the identity of the person is or may be readily ascertained by the investigator or the identity of the person is or may readily be associated with the information.
11 Human SubjectsExamples of activities that aren’t considered Human Subjects ResearchThe following are specifically excluded from the definition of Human Subject Research and do not need to be reviewed by the IRB:interviews used to provide quotes or illustrative statements, such as those used in journalism;collection(s) of oral histories and cultural expressions (e.g., stories, songs, customs, and traditions and accounts thereof) to document a specific historical event or the experience of individuals without intent to draw statistically or quantitatively-based conclusions or generalizations;gathering of information from a person to assess suitability for and/or supplement a public program, publication, or cultural performance
12 Animal WelfareFederal regulations define the parameters in which animal research can take place and provide guidance on institutional care and use committees (IACUC), and the proper treatment of animals.The Public Health Service (PHS) defines an animal as “any live, vertebrate animal”Protocols must be submitted to the IACUC for “animal used or intended for use in research, research training, experimentation, or biological testing or for related purposes.”
13 Conflict of Interest(COI)/Commitment Conflicts of interest are not only sponsor regulatory issues but issues for institutionsAll potential conflicts and in the case of NIH Significant Financial Interest must be disclosedAs a matter of course financial conflicts and other external commitments are not necessarily prohibited, but still require disclosure and mitigationCNU’s Policy on Conflict of Interest is located on the Sponsored Programs website under Policies and Procedures
14 Examples of Possible COI Conducting a sponsored activity for a company in which the Pi, Co-PI, and//or their families have a financial interest in the companyHiring/supervision of family members on contract or grant or the inclusion of family members as Co-PI, key personnel, or subcontractors at another institution
15 More Examples of Possible COI Subcontracting or procuring services from a company owned by the PI, Co-PI, or family membersServing as a consultant or other outside activities with a company or entity that funds sponsored research at the UniversityServing as a consultant or PI on an award not made to your institution while using the resources of your institution
16 Publication Practices and Authorship The Office of Research Integrity describes Authorship and Publication as:Whether structured or informal, controlled or free ranging, responsible publication in research should ideally meet some minimum standards. All forms of publication should present:a full and fair description of the work undertaken,an accurate report of the results, andan honest and open assessment of the findings.
17 Publication Practices and Authorship In assessing the completeness of any publications, researchers should ask whether they have described:what they did (methods),what they discovered (results), andwhat they make of their discovery (discussion).It is, however, not as easy as one might anticipate to meet these expectations.
18 Peer Review ORI’s discussion of peer review is as follows: Peer review—evaluation by colleagues with similar knowledge and experience—is an essential component of research and the self-regulation of professions. The average person does not have the knowledge and experience needed to assess the quality and importance of research. Peers do. Therefore many important decisions about research depend on advice from peers, including:which projects to fund (grant reviews),which research findings to publish (manuscript reviews),which scholars to hire and promote (personnel reviews), andwhich research is reliable (literature reviews and expert testimony).
19 Peer ReviewThe quality of the decisions made in each case depends heavily on the quality of peer review.Peer review can make or break professional careers and directly influence public policy. The fate of entire research programs, health initiatives, or environmental and safety regulations can rest on peer assessment of proposed or completed research projects. For peer review to work, it must be:timely,thorough,constructive,free from personal bias, andrespectful of the need for confidentiality.Researchers who serve as peer reviewers should be mindful of the public as well as the professional consequences of their evaluations and exercise special care when making these evaluations.
20 Collaborative Science Define roles and responsibilitiesOn-board administrative staff earlyAvoid authorship disputesDeal with potential issues of sharing materials and information with internal and external collaborating scientists at the startBe sure that you are understanding your collaborator especially if from a different discipline
21 ResourcesCNU Provides access to CITI RCR compliance modules which can be used in conjunction with in person training to certify student complianceThe OSP website has a link to EthicsCore which functions in the same capacity as CITIThe Office of Research Integrity has created a Case Study resource. The link is: & can be found on the OSP website.