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Seminar Series Responsible Conduct of Research

For postdoctoral fellows, instructors and clinical fellows
University of Mississippi Medical Center


The objective of this seminar series is to provide instruction in responsible conduct of research, which forms an integral part of all research training; and to convey consensus best practices in biomedical research.

This series is specifically designed to provide such instruction to scientists in the postgraduate training years, including postdoctoral research and clinical fellows, and instructors.

Participation in the seminar series is mandatory for all postdoctoral researchers and should be attended within the first year of employment at UMMC.

NIH policy

NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants and scholars receiving support through any NIH training, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, and dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. This policy applies to the following programs: D43, D71, F05, F30, F31, F32, F33, F34, F37, F38, K01, K02, K05, K07, K08, K12, K18, K22, K23, K24, K25, K26, K30, K99/R00, KL1, KL2, R25, R36, T15, T32, T34, T35, T36, T37, T90/R90, TL1, TU2, and U2R. This policy also applies to any other NIH-funded programs supporting research training, career development, or research education that require instruction in responsible conduct of research as stated in the relevant funding opportunity announcements.

For more information regarding NIH policies on the Requirement of Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research, see Notice No. NOT-OD-22-055.


Nine 1-hour sessions; consisting of a combination of didactic and small group discussions. The sessions will include substantial face-to-face discussions among participants. Research training faculty members will lead and highly participate in the discussions.

Reading and discussion materials will be provided online or via email by the coordinator and participating research faculty leaders.

Discussions will include each of the following topics:

  • Mentor/mentee responsibilities and relationships
  • Academic and professional misconduct
  • Responsible authorship and publication
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Policies regarding vertebrate animal subjects
  • Policies regarding human subjects
  • Collaborative research
  • Conflict of interest
  • Contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research
  • Safe Research Environment


  • Sydney Murphy,┬áDean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences


This seminar series is offered every year in the fall semester. Contact the Office of Postdoctoral Studies for more information.