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Responsible Conduct of Research Training


New federal regulations require all federally funded (NIH & NSF) trainees of specific programs to have at least 8 hours of face-to-face Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training within one year. Once the training is complete, the training requirement is fulfilled for a period of four years. The Office of Research Compliance (ORC) and the College of Medicine have collaborated with the Graduate School to meet these federal requirements. A Scientific Communications (SC) course will be offered to all federally funded trainees in order to meet federal requirements. The SC course is a one-year course with many sessions on various topics.  A list of 5 sessions per semester have been identified and scheduled to meet the needs of the RCR training requirement. Each session will be 1 hour in length; therefore a total of 8 sessions must be completed in order to comply with the federal regulations.

This notice applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R.

ORC will track and maintain records of all sessions completed by UAMS federally funded trainees. Each session will be held in the Rayford Auditorium (Biomed II) on Wednesday afternoons from 2-3 pm. All federally funded trainees from programs listed above, must attend 8 of the 10 identified sessions within one year.


*Please note that trainees who have completed at least 8 hours of the Scientific Communications course within the past three years do not have to complete the training this year (if attendance can be verified). However, after a four year time frame, the course must be repeated.



Responsible Conduct of Research Training 2014


August 20, 2014

Course Administration & Expectations

Mentor - Trainee Relationships



September 3, 2014 Plagiarism Sterba
September 24, 2014 Responsible Conduct of Research Gottschall
October 15, 2014 Data Acquisition, Lab Notebooks, Management and Ownership Prather
October 22, 2014 Publication Practice & Responsible Authorship


January 21, 2015 Research Involving Animals Randolph
February 4, 2015 Small Talk, Networking and Collaboration Gaddy
February 11, 2015 Research Involving Humans Hester
February 25, 2015 Diversity in the Workplace and Social Responsibility Sterba
March 11, 2015 Peer Review and Conflict of Interest Prather


For questions regarding RCR training, please contact Charnise Virgil in the Office of Research Compliance at ctvirgil@uams.edu or at 501.526.6879.




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