Southern California Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research

  • WhenWednesday, May 17, 09:00 AM

  • Where

    MCK 149

The Keck School of Medicine of USC is pleased to again offer INTD 500: Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  This one-week course satisfies NIH RCR face-to-face training requirements. NIH researchers are also required to keep their CITI certification current - these are both required. Face-to-face training must be renewed every four years. Faculty and staff who must renew, please contact Donna Spruijt-Metz ( if you would like to renew by serving as a mentor for class discussions.

This class is open to all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, masters and graduate students conducting research.  All PIBBS graduate students must complete and pass INTD 500 prior to advancing to candidacy.  Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows and masters students auditing the course will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

The course will be offered on 5 consecutive days, Monday through Friday, from 9-11 AM during the week of May 15-19, 2017 (40680) and will be repeated during the week of July 10-14, 2017 (Session # 40690). Location is MCK 149 for both sessions.

Lecture and discussion topics include: scientific integrity, misconduct and fraud in science, data acquisition and management, collaborative research, responsible authorship, conflicts of interest, innovation advancement and patents, animal welfare, human subjects, mentor/mentee responsibilities and professionalism in scientific relationships.

Dr. Donna Spruijt-Metz, Director, USC mHealth Collaboratory at the Center for Economic and Social Research, Research Professor in Psychology, and Director of Responsible Conduct in Research for the Keck School of Medicine, is the course director.  Faculty from the Departments of Preventive Medicine, Cell and Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Physiology and other departments will serve as Discussion leaders.

This course does not require D-clearance to register.  To sign-up to audit the course, send an email to Alexandra Lipari at (postdoc and MS students only). Any questions about the content of the course can be directed to Dr. Spruijt-Metz at