Research Ethics Education

Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course

The Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine provides an annual five-session course in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). This course is open to recipients of NIH training grants and fulfills the NIH requirement for RCR education for trainees. Each hour and three-quarter session includes a 30-45-minute lecture followed by an hour of faculty-facilitated, small-group case discussions.

Session topics include ethical issues and underlying challenges in research; authorship, peer review, and publication; bias and other subjective influences in science; conflicts of interest; principles, codes, and practices to promote ethics and integrity.

The upcoming Fall 2021 RCR course will be held on Tuesdays, August 31 - September 28, 8:00-9:45am via Zoom. Registration is now open. The deadline for registering is Monday, August 23.

For more information and to register, email the Trent Center at




RCR in Clinical Research Training Program

A semester-long course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) through the Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP) at Duke is taught each spring. This training program at Duke University Medical Center, designed primarily for clinical fellows, provides formal courses in research design, research management, medical genomics, and statistical analysis. The RCR course is an integral part of the overall training program. For more information about the CRTP, visit the CRTP website.

Christian Simon, PhD is course director for both the Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course and the semester-long course.