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Science Culture and Accountability Plan and Responsible Conduct of Research

The Aging Center developed a Science Culture and Accountability Plan (SCAP) to lay out its vision and mechanisms to ensure that research can be conducted in an environment that encourages open and critical discussion, ongoing dialogue and communication between investigators, and accountability, self-motivation, and self-responsibility.

We invite you to download and review our SCAP and welcome any feedback you may have.  For feedback and suggestions, please contact either Dr. Cohen or Jurgen Wanke.

Responsible Conduct of Research

RCR training refers to a code of conduct that researchers practice on a daily basis.  Based on an NIH and DHHS Office of Research Integrity initiative, all SOM faculty and staff engaged in the design, conduct or reporting of research are required to complete RCR training by June 30, 2018.

Topics of training include

  • Research misconduct
  • Reproducibility in research
  • Mentorship/training
  • Authorship/writing
  • Data management/best practices in daily research activities

Registration is open for the 2018 Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course. This 5-week course is held in the fall each year and the upcoming course will take place Wednesdays, September 5-October 10 from 8:00-9:45AM (no class Sept 19). The course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education. The course is also open to post-docs.  Course materials will be provided.

Sessions begin with a lecture in the Learning Hall (Rm. 2050) in the Trent Semans Center for Health Education and then divide into small groups for case discussions. Attendance at all sessions is required for credit. Sessions include:

September 5What Kind of World Do Scientists Work In and What Are Its Effects on the Integrity of Scientists?
September 12Vice and Virtue in Science: Towards a Framework of Integrity
September 26Bias and Other Subjective Influences in Science
October 3Intellectual Property and Conflicts of Interest
October 10Many Hats, One (Principled) Hook: Researcher, Author, Collaborator, and Mentor in Light of the Belmont Principles

To register, please email the Trent Center at trent-center@duke.edu. Registration deadline is Monday, August 20, 2018.