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 requirement for RCR education. Each hour and three-quarter session includes a 45-minute lecture followed by an hour of faculty-facilitated, small-group case discussions. Session topics include: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research; Mentoring; Research Misconduct; Human Subjects in Research; Publication and Authorship; Intellectual Property and Conflict of Interest. This course is also open to postdoctoral researchers.

The Fall 2018 Responsible Conduct of Research Short Course takes place 8:00-9:45am on Wednesday mornings, September 5, 12, 26, October 3, 10. For more information, email:


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.