Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs

Responsible Conduct of Research

BIOMEDICAL POSTDOCTORAL PROGRAMS (BPP)
RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH (RCR)

BPP requires all of its Biomedical Postdoctoral Fellows to be trained in Responsible Conduct of Research. Our program is composed of a number of components including mandatory and elective options, which the trainee selects to meet the NIH Guidelines

The BPP RCR Program includes the following:

Required completion of the CITI RCR training modules (covers content and provides a framework for discussions) within the first year of postdoc training and eight contact hours of RCR training within each career stage. Seminar series with discussions are led by faculty mentors. A minimum of twelve 60 minute sessions (see 2023 schedule below) will be offered per year covering the required topic areas. 

Although the NIH Guidelines state that there “are no specific curricular requirements”, our on-line RCR training and seminar sessions will include these topic areas:

  1. conflict of interest – personal, professional, and financial – and conflict of commitment, in allocating time, effort, or other research resources
  2. policies regarding human subjects, live vertebrate animal subjects in research, and safe laboratory practices
  3. mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  4. safe research environments (e.g., those that promote inclusion and are free of sexual, racial, ethnic, disability and other forms of discriminatory harassment)
  5. collaborative research, including collaborations with industry and investigators and institutions in other countries
  6. peer review, including the responsibility for maintaining confidentiality and security in peer review
  7. data acquisition and analysis; laboratory tools (e.g., tools for analyzing data and creating or working with digital images); recordkeeping practices, including methods such as electronic laboratory notebooks
  8. secure and ethical data use; data confidentiality, management, sharing, and ownership
  9. research misconduct and policies for handling misconduct
  10. responsible authorship and publication
  11. the scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research

Additional topic areas addressed:

  1. scientific rigor and reproducibility
  2. implicit bias
  3. civility issues in research environments, including but not limited to, harassment, bullying, and inappropriate behavior
  4. social and environmental impacts of research

Annually, we hosts the Responsible Conduct of Research Symposium in April.  The symposium serves as an introduction to all RCR subject topics, including Scientific Rigor and Reproducibility, adopted by the recent National Institution of Health (NIH) recommendations (FY 2022 Updated Guidance: Requirement for Instructions in the Responsible Conduct of Research NOT-OD-22-055).  This year's RCR Symposium took place on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM in CRB, Austrian Auditorium. 

Boilerplates

BPP Training Boilerplate for Individual NIH Fellowships
RCR Postdocs Training Boilerplate for Individual NIH Fellowships (2024)
RCR Postdocs Training Boilerplate for Individual NIH Fellowships (2023)
BPP and Diversity Boilerplate for Individual NIH Fellowships

Annual Programs

BPP Events List (FY 2023-2024)
BPP Events List (FY 2022-2023)
BPP Events List (FY 2021-2022)

Additional References: 

Office of the Vice Provost for Research | NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (2023)
Biomedical Graduate Studies RCR & SRR
Principles of Responsible Conduct
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
NIH Guidelines
NIH Annual Review of Ethics (Case Studies)
Office of Research Integrity
ORI Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research

*Last updated on 04/26/2024


 

2024 RCR Sessions Schedule

Date
Leader/ Co-Leaders
Topic
Location
Time
Registration Required

02/14/2024

Ramon R. Diaz-Arrastia, MD, PhD

Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships

BRB 253

1:00 PM— 2:00 PM

Registration Closed

03/06/2024

Ivan P. Maillard, MD, PhD & Philip Gehrman, Ph.D., CBSM, FAASM

Responsible authorship and publication

 Virtual

2:00 PM—3:00 PM

Registration Closed

04/01/2024

Andrew Paskevich

Research misconduct

RCH B102AB

11:00 AM—12:00 PM

Registration Closed

04/23/2024 Kurt A. Engleka, Ph.D., Waged Jafer, Ph.D., Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D., Emma A. Meagher, M.D., Andrew Paskevich
BPP 3rd Annual Responsible Conduct of Research Symposium  
**Special Event**
CRB Auditorium 11:00 AM—12:00 PM Registration Closed

05/17/2024

Sandhitsu Das, Ph.D. & Melike Lakadamyali, Ph.D.

Data management

Stemmler 416-417

1:00 PM— 2:00 PM

Registration Closed

06/03/2024

James C. Gee, Ph.D. & Andrew Maidment, Ph.D. FAAPM FSBI

Conflict of interest in research

BRB 251

10:00 AM—11:00 AM

Registration Open

Faculty interested in being a part of our faculty rotation schedule, please sign up here or contact dcrawley@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

BPP RCR 2023 Schedule

Date

Speaker

Topic

Location

Time

01/19/2023

Elizabeth Bassett, Ph.D. & Sarah Capasso, Ph.D.

Responsible use of biohazardous material in research

BRB 1412

11:00 AM— 12:00 PM

02/10/2023

Ramon R. Diaz-Arrastia, MD, Ph.D. & Jessica Morgan, Ph.D.

 Policies regarding human subjects in research and safe laboratory practices

 BRB 253

1:30 PM—2:30 PM

03/02/2023

Alexander Huang, MD

Collaborative science

Virtual

10:30 AM— 11:30 AM

04/03/2023

Jonathan Raper, Ph.D.

Civility issues in research environments, including but not limited to, harassment, bullying, and inappropriate behavior

BRB 1412

12:00 PM— 1:00 PM

04/25/2023

Stephen Dinardo, Ph.D., Kurt Engleka, Ph.D., Kellie Ann Jurado, Ph.D., Andrew Paskevich, Ph.D., Jennifer Pinto-Martin, Ph.D., MP

Annual RCR Symposium

(Responsible Authorship & Publication, Scientific Rigor & Reproducibility (SRR), Mentor/ Mentee Relationships, Research Misconduct and Policies Handling It, Safe Research Environment: Mitigating Biases & Microaggression)

BRB, Gaulton Auditorium

11:00 AM— 2:00 PM

05/11/2023

Daria V. Babushok, MD, PhD &
Allan Pack, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., FRCP

Peer review and privileged information

Virtual

11:00 AM— 12:00 PM

06/26/2023

Andrew Paskevich

Research Misconduct

BRB 251

1:00 PM— 2:00 PM

08/07/2023

James Gee, Ph.D. & Andrew Maidment, Ph.D., FAAPM

Data acquisition and analysis; laboratory tools; and recordkeeping practice

Virtual

12:00 PM— 1:00 PM

12/18/2023

Diego Contreras, MD, PhD

Policies regarding animal research subject

BRB 253

11:00 AM— 12:00 PM

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BPP RCR 2022 Schedule

Date

Speaker

Topic

Location

Time

02/01/2022

Drs. Corey McMillan and Allan Pack Sr.

Scientific rigor and reproducibility (SRR)

Virtual via Zoom

04:30 PM—
05:30 PM

02/15/2022

Dr. Geoffrey Karl Aguirre

Pre-registration of experiments as a tool for scientific rigor

Virtual via Zoom

04:30 PM—
05:30 PM

03/03/2022

Drs. James Gee and Andrew Maidment

Civility issues in research environments

Virtual via Zoom

12:30 PM—
01:30 PM

03/30/2022

Drs. Steven Albelda and Warren Pear

Research Misconduct

Virtual via Zoom

11:00 AM—12:00 PM

07/13/2022

Dr. Allan I Pack

Peer Review

Virtual via Zoom

01:00 PM— 2:00 PM

08/10/2022

Dr. Mortimer Poncz

Data Management

Virtual via Zoom

01:00 PM— 02:00 PM

10/11/2022

Andrew Paskevich

Research Misconduct

RCH B102AB

12:00 PM—
01:00 PM

11/30/2022

Dr. Trevor Penning

Data Management

BRB 1412

01:00 PM— 02:00 PM

12/08/2022

Hanan Ahmed

Addressing Implicit Bias in Research Setting

BRB 252

12:30 PM— 02:00 PM

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BPP RCR 2021 Schedule

01/27/2021

Drs. Diego Contreras & David Irwin


Research misconduct and policies for handling it

Virtual via Zoom

12:00 PM—1:00 PM

2/22/2021

Drs. Erika Holzbaur and David Margolis

Conflict of Interest

Virtual via Zoom

11:00 AM—
12:00 PM

2/23/2021

Drs. Saar Gill and Yana Kamberov

Data
acquisition

Virtual via Zoom

4:30 PM—
5:30 PM

03/03/2021

Drs. Oliver A. Garden & Ivan P. Maillard

Policies regarding live vertebrae animals in research and safe laboratory practices

Virtual via Zoom

11:00 AM—
12:00 PM

03/19/2021

Drs. James Gee & Allan Pack

Collaborations and team science

Virtual via Zoom

10:00 AM—
11:00 AM

04/12/2021

Drs. Diaz-Arrastia and Koumenis

Scientific rigor and reproducibility

Virtual via Zoom

2:00 PM—
3:00 PM

05/05/2021

Drs. Sanjeev Chawla and Kavindra Nath

Authorship and publication

Virtual via Zoom

12:00 PM—1:00 PM

06/08/2021

Drs. Ronen Marmorstein and Allan Pack

Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships

Virtual via Zoom

3:00 PM—4:00 PM

06/14/2021

Drs. Gee and Maidment

Civility issues in research

Virtual via Zoom

12:00 PM—1:00 PM

09/08/2021

Drs. Eileen Lake and Karen Lasater

Peer Review for Publication: Ethical Considerations

Virtual via Zoom

3:00 PM—4:00 PM

10/04/2021

Drs. Malay Haldar and Jason Moore

Authorship and publication

Virtual via Zoom

11:00 AM—12:00 PM

11/04/2021

Drs. George Demiris and Matthew McHugh

Collaborations and team science

Virtual via Zoom

12:00 PM—1:00 PM

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