Educational Programs

The Office of Research Integrity is committed to providing the highest level of education for the research community we support. To this end, we have organized and sponsored a number of educational initiatives in matters relating to Research Integrity in the conduct of human, animal, and basic scientific research, collaborating with the academic and biomedical research community at Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and its associated institutions and organizations.

Research Compliance Training

More than 3,500 faculty, key personnel and administrators involved in research have registered for the Research Compliance Training. This program addresses institutional and regulatory requirements during the grant application process.

Responsible Conduct of Research Course

Requirements for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The policy at Weill Cornell Medicine stands that the RCR course is mandatory to all graduate students of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences and to all post-doctoral scholars at Weill Cornell Medicine- independent of their funding source. This is a strong commitment of Weill Cornell Medicine as a research institution dedicated to promoting the value of responsible conduct of research within its community of graduate students, post-docs and faculty. As a result, WCM proposes a formal RCR course that is designed to meet all NIH and NSF requirements.

As illustrated in the NOT-OD-10-019 accessible within the NIH Requirements for Instruction in Responsible Conduct of Research, the policy and requirements apply to all NIH Institutional Research Training Grants, Individual Fellowship Awards, Career Development Awards (Institutional and Individual), Research Education Grants, Dissertation Research Grants, or other grant programs with a training component that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as noted in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. More information on NSF requirements on RCR instruction can be found at NSF's Grantee Standards Guide.

Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) sponsors an annual program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) that meets the NIH requirements and provides formal instruction in the various subject areas connected to issues of Research Integrity.

Goals of the RCR Course
  1. Heighten the awareness of trainees to ethical considerations relevant to the conduct of research;
  2. Inform trainees of federal, state, and institutional policies, regulations and procedures applicable to the ethical conduct of research; and
  3. Provide trainees with the opportunity to discuss, in a relatively informal setting, with senior faculty and among their peers, the implications of these policies and procedures for their own behavior in a research environment.

RCR Instruction Topics
  1. Research Misconduct (with Whistleblowing and Dispute Resolution)
  2. Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing, and Ownership (including Enhancing Reproducibility) and Safe Laboratory Practices
  3. Animal Welfare
  4. Use of Human Subjects
  5. Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
  6. Authorship and Responsible Publication Practices
  7. Peer Review
  8. Collaboration and Mentoring
  9. The Scientist and Social Responsibility and Export Control


RCR is TRI-I Again!


In order to maintain an institutional culture that supports research integrity, Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering and The Rockefeller University now offer a biannual Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course for its Tri-Institutional research trainees. The RCR course will now be directed and coordinated through MSK. RCR training is mandated for 1st year graduate students, MD-PhD candidates, new postdocs (MSK, WCM), and those who have sponsor-specific funding such as NIH Training (T32, T34, R25) or Career Awards (F, K series) among others. For the full list of mandated participants see: 

In order to satisfy course requirements, participants need to complete 8 hours of face time (1 large group orientation session of 2 hours, and 3 small group live sessions – each is 2 hours long) and complete nine online modules/exams.





Key Dates


Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 4-6 PM


Thursday, October 13, 2016, 4-6 PM
Topic #1: Research Misconduct, Data Acquisition, Management, Ownership, and Sharing(including Enhancing Reproducibility), Safe Laboratory Practices, and Animal Welfare


Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 4-6 PM
Topic #2: Authorship and Responsible Publication Practices, Peer Review, Use of Human Subjects


Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 4-6 PM
Topic #3: Conflicts of Interest, Collaboration and Mentoring, The Scientist and Social Responsibility


On each October–December date, there will be approximately ten-twelve small working groups that will meet to analyze one or two case studies. We try to have two facilitators from different backgrounds (Basic, Clinical and/or Translational) and from different institutions so that all trainees can feel supported regardless of their discipline or institution.


The facilitators will lead the discussion of the case studies – many taken from actual cases (we supply the case study material). The goal is to explore appropriate and well-reasoned responses to ethical dilemmas in the laboratory environment.


Please register for the Fall 2016 course here:





The RCR course will be rerunning in the Spring semester as well – probably from January-April 2017. More information will be released as soon as possible





- You CANNOT start in the fall and finish in the spring – the course must be completed within the one semester. 
- Failure to complete the RCR course within a single semester will require taking the course again in its entirety.



For any additional information about the Responsible Conduct of Research Course, or for letter of support for grant application, please contact the course co-directors Dr. Helene Brazier-Mitouart or Dr. Randi B. Silver.


Ethical, Social, and Legal Issues of Responsible Clinical Research course from the CTSC

The Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) continues to offer the Ethical, Social and Legal Issues in the Responsible Conduct of Clinical Research course, now in its ninth year. In spring 2016, it is anticipated that 15 students will be enrolled in this course. It represents the second component of a two-part series designed by the CTSC Education Program to provide a comprehensive and in-depth curriculum to heighten awareness to ethical, social, and legal issues relevant to the conduct of clinical research. This curriculum, a requirement for an Advanced Certificate and Master’s Degree in C/T Investigation, encompasses participation in the Responsible Conduct of Research Course at Weill Cornell Medicine, attendance at an IRB meeting, and a four-part seminar series (1.5 hours each) on Ethics directed by Inmaculada de Melo-Martin, PhD, MS, Professor of Medical Ethics, Weill Cornell Medicine, and CTSC Director of Regulatory Knowledge and Ethics Core. The weekly seminars will offer space for discussions and will be particularly relevant to clinical trainees by the choice of the topics selected.

Quality Assurance Unit Informed Consent Process Seminar from JCTO

The Joint Clinical Trials Office (JCTO) organized a well-attended educational seminar in June 2015, in which the Director of the Division of Education and Development (DED) at the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) delivered an examination of the complexity inherent to the Informed Consent Process. This presentation confirmed widespread interest among our research staff to facilitate the understanding of trial conduct.

TWIST – Training Workshops for Investigators and Study Teams from the JCTO

Following the success of the program in June, the Quality Assurance Unit (QAU) developed TWIST - Training Workshops for Investigators and Study Teams, an educational agenda for monthly in-depth programs tailored to the current needs of the WCM/NYP research community. Staff engagement and community-directed topic planning are the focus of TWIST sessions. The presentations delivered at TWIST seminars are recorded and uploaded to our new Research Training and Education section of the JCTO website.

Research Training and Education Online Library from the JCTO

This online resource library is being established to serve as a basis of knowledge for incoming research staff and as a reliable, targeted reference for current staff. In addition, the website hosts select webinars related to clinical research produced by organizations such as OHRP and Forte Research Systems. For more information visit the JCTO Website.

Targeted Re-Education from the JCTO

The JCTO continues the longstanding practice of targeted re-education. Following audits, the QAU works to ensure that any issues cited during trial review are addressed and corrected in a timely fashion. In addition, JCTO managers and directors periodically provide training refreshers to reinforce GCP and effective study coordination practices.

Research Coordinators' Network

The Research Coordinators' Network (RCN) is an educational and networking opportunity for the Weill Cornell Medicine research community. The RCN provides the WCM research coordinator community with timely updates on a variety of Research Integrity and compliance related issues. To join the RCN listserv and receive notification about RCN events and training opportunities, please email with your request.