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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity, NIH and NSF have determined that investigators benefiting from certain federal research funds should undergo proper training in the conduct of responsible research. Institutions are obliged to establish appropriate research policies and educational programs. Research must be conducted according to ethical standards, regulatory and institutional requirements, Rush's research policies, and training program requirements.

Responsible Conduct for Research (RCR) provides the foundation for conducting sound, ethical research and reinforcing public trust. Rush promotes RCR within the research community by providing convenient, innovative and complementary opportunities for initial and continuing education not only for prescribed RCR topics, but also for a broad spectrum of research concerns. Our multi-faceted program includes: lectures, web-based instruction, recorded presentations, case studies and formal mentoring relationships.

Federal RCR Requirements:

  • Data acquisition, management, sharing and ownership
  • Conflict of interest and commitment
  • Human subjects
  • Animal welfare
  • Research misconduct
  • Publication practices and responsible authorship
  • Mentor/trainee responsibilities
  • Peer review
  • Collaborative science

The Rush Office of Research Compliance (ORC) educates personnel in research and professional ethics as part of our formal research training program. RCR training prepares students and research personnel for ethical issues that may arise during the conduct of their research. Our goal focuses on teaching new and seasoned researchers to approach their work with integrity and carry out the institution's mission to pursue innovative work, in a collaborative, responsible, respectful, ethical and accountable manner. Any comments, suggestions and recommendations for additional resources should be made to the office directly, (312) 942-1296.

For more information on education and training programs, visit the The Rush ORC Education and Training Resources home page.

Please also visit ORC Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Questions, Complaints, or Concerns:
For questions or concerns please call the Office of Research Compliance 24-hour hotline at (877) RUSH-009.

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